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Past International Academic Visitors

Dr Craig Hassed, Monash University

Funded through the Monash Warwick Alliance Visiting Educators Scheme Dr Craig Hassed, Associate Professor from Monash University visited Warwick between 10 June and 1 July 2017. Hosted by Prof Sarah Stewart-Brown, Professor in Public Health at Warwick Medical School, Dr Hassed is one of the pioneers of mindfulness teaching in medicine, who embarked on the development and delivery of a wellbeing and mindfulness module in the late 1990's at the same time as one or two pioneers in the US. Although starting with elective modules for both students and GP's as the US pioneers were doing, Dr Hassed went on to develop a core curricululum course for the first two semesters of the medical school course. He was first in the world to do this and has been instrumental in introducing a variety of innovations into medical education and practice in Australia and overseas, with an emphasis on the application of holistic, integrative and mind-body medicine in medical practice. The teaching he developed for the Medical School is now being used in almost all the Faculties across Monash University and is being requested in other Universities in Australia.

Whilst in Warwick, Dr Hassed delivered a key note speach at the Mindfulness in Health and Higher Education Conference on the 16 and 17 June 2017. This two day conference explored ways in which mindfulness can be effectively taught and embedded in regard to higher and professional education and addressed mindfulness across a broad range of disciplines but with particular emphasis on medical education.

During his visit Dr Hassed delivered two workshops on mindfulness, the first for those who were relatively new to mindfulness and the second workshop for staff teaching mindfulness in the tertiary environment or for those with a little more experience. For further information on the collaboration meetings and other events that took place please contact Prof Sarah Stewart-Brown.

Dr Christopher Thompson, Monash University

WIHEA & IATL were delighted to welcome Dr Chris Thompson, Associate Dean of Education in Science and Senior Lecturer at Monash University, who joined colleagues here at Warwick for a week under the Monash Warwick Alliance Visiting Educator Scheme.

Dr Chris Thompson is a teaching-focused academic with an active research portfolio in education publications in chemistry and science pedagogy, currently supervising five PhD students in the field. Chris has been involved in the design and implementation of the 'Performing Chemistry' project as one of the two Monash-based leaders since the beginning. This visit enabled further exploration of the use of digital technology to make the practce sustainable.

Dr Jonathan Heron, IATL, co-ordinated the visit which took place at the start of the Spring Term 2017. Prof Peter Sadler and Dr Isolda Romero-Canelon, Chemistry, are to further develop the collaborative work with Monash which has enabled students to learn beyond the traditional boundaries of arts and science.

During his visit, Chris delivered a number of presentations within the Chemistry Department on innovation teaching, and sharing practices through Unit Enhancement, Lecture Access and the roll-out of Peer Partnerships.

In addition, Chris shared his insights and expertise with WIHEA Fellows and Staff from across the University during two interactive Masterclasses, where he facilitated discussions to explore the future of traditonal lectures and supported staff interested in pedagogical reserach.

Chris delivered two Masterclasses during his visit:

  • Is there a Future for the Lecture? An interactive workshop for Warwick staff around the theme of lectures, discussing the relevance of 'lectures' and the role of expert lectures. Presentation slides and video to follow shortly.
  • Getting Started in Pedagogical Research. A workshop specifically designed for staff starting out in the field of pedagogical research. Presentation slides and and video to follow shortly.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Performing Chemistry Project or Dr Chris Thompson's visit, please contact Dr Jonathan Heron, IATL by email:

Geoff Malleck, University of Waterloo

WIHEA was delighted to welcome Geoff Malleck, our first international visiting Teaching Fellow from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Hosted by Warwick Student Careers & Skills, the primary focus of Geoff's three-week visit in June 2016 was exploring the principles and conditions that drive the ‘creativity-innovation-entrepreneurship’ continuum and its relationship with economic prosperity and culture.

During his visit, Foundation Fellows engaged with Geoff's round table discussion on Pedagogy and Creativity in the Curriculum and the WIHEA Masterclass on Reflection, Pedagogy and Assessment, which received excellent feedback and will shortly be available on video.




Dr Craig Hassed

Associate Professor
Department of General Practice
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia


Dr Christopher Thompson

Associate Dean (Education) in Science & Senior Lecturer

Monash University

Melbourne, Australia


Geoff Malleck

Professor of Economics

University of Waterloo

Ontario, Canada