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Teaching and learning

By choosing Warwick, you’ll join a community where your perspectives, knowledge, values and aspirations are built into how we approach teaching and learning. We aim to create a community of engaged learners that sees staff and students working together as co-creators of knowledge.

Passionate

Our world-class reputation for research means that many of our academics are at the forefront of subject knowledge, which in turn feeds into their teaching and your learning. We’re different to many other universities because we encourage you to carry out your own research at undergraduate level. This is another of the ways in which we harness our research excellence to boost your own understanding and capabilities, but it puts you in the driving seat of seeking new knowledge.

You’ll have the chance to get involved with some of their cutting-edge research, not just in the classroom but through initiatives like the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme, which enables you to apply for funding for your very own project.

I went to a workshop run by IATL for students presenting at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR). It was really useful in giving me some tips on how to structure and give a presentation, and these skills will be really useful in future jobs and events. We could also choose to apply for a travel stipend to present at Monash University, and I was lucky enough to get chosen! I am really excited to be flying to Melbourne to take part, experience Australia and get to talk more about my dissertation project. Read more.

Claire Saunders, ICUR 2015 presenter and Centre for Education Studies blogger

Inspiring

Teaching is most effective when you’re inspired by the insights that new knowledge provokes, or engaged through different ways of learning. Our Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) is focused on encouraging and supporting staff and students to push the boundaries of learning. Where learning can be brought to life outside of the traditional classroom space, IATL will help facilitate this.

It also hosts interdisciplinary modules, in which second, third and final-year students from different departments can work together to better understand abstract and complex ideas. These modules enable you to develop flexible, critical thinking skills that cross rigid subject boundaries. This encourages you to think in a thematic way, preparing you to tackle real-world challenges when you leave Warwick. And if you have an idea for an innovative project that will enrich your own learning and that of your fellow students, you can apply to IATL for one of its ‘Student as Producer’ funding bursaries.

Recognising excellent teachers

Our teachers are as keen to develop as you are. That’s why we celebrate Warwick’s best teachers through the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE). Students and teachers nominate staff who they think have made an exceptional impact on students’ learning experience. We then use their expertise to develop best practice for you. Some courses include teaching by postgraduate research students, exposing you to the latest research. The best of this teaching is rewarded through the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduate Research Students.

Our commitment to excellent teaching has been recognised outside the university too. The Higher Education Academy has awarded 11 prestigious National Teaching Fellowships to individuals at Warwick since 2006. The University of Warwick is also currently one of nine Athena SWAN Silver Award holders, recognising work undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Your opinions matter

If we’re going to keep on pushing the boundaries of learning, we need your input. We’re keen for you to tell us what you think of our teaching, which is why our Student Staff Liaison Committees are so valuable. They provide an accessible arena for students and staff to discuss any concerns regarding teaching, learning and academic support. We want to listen to what you have to say and to ensure that you have the best possible learning experience.

Our innovative and passionate teaching will help you to go as far as you want in life.

We are very close to our teachers. The small number of students in our teaching groups allows a true proximity with them. They care very much about each of our successes and are able to help whenever we need it.

Alice Magdelenat
Language, Culture and Communication


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What we do and make happen together is more important to me than what ‘I’ do on my own.

Jonothan Neelands
Prof. Creative Education, WBS