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The Library and WIHEA


What the Library does

The Library’s mission for its users is ‘connecting you with information, support and your community’.

Academic Support Librarians work closely with academic colleagues to help facilitate Warwick’s teaching through provision of information resources and to provide skills development through activities such as the Student as Researcher programme.

Community engagement includes ‘peer-to-peer’ support at all levels plus interventions to support key WIHEA stakeholder groups – the undergraduate community, postgraduate communities and the Warwick teaching community – and meet user needs along their lifecycles. These activities range from induction and cultural events to help all students feel part of the University, to Study Happy, our skills and well-being initiatives to assist all students at exam times and periods of high stress, and programmes such as Dissertation Station to support PGT students.

We offer support for academic colleagues from the day they start at Warwick as information users, researchers and as teachers, and to use our resources and infrastructures to enhance the student experience.

The Library’s relationship with the WIHEA

The Library will engage with the Academy, supporting its key themes:

  • training – the Teaching Grid will continue to support and encourage pedagogical enhancement and innovative practice, as well as hosting a variety of staff development activities;
  • showcasing and mentoring – the Warwick Innovative Teaching database and our popular Window on Teaching events will showcase good practice in pedagogy and support networking for those wishing to learn from the University’s ground-breaking teachers;
  • recognising – the Teaching Grid will continue to host WATE Award celebrations and promote Warwick’s teaching excellence;
  • researching and evaluating – the Library works directly with the student population at all levels to gain a greater understanding of their needs along the student life cycle; this in turn underpins the development of new services through curriculum enhancement (such as the Student as Researcher programme) and informs the Teaching Grid offer, as well as highlighting opportunities for collaborations with other service providers;
  • fostering community development – the Library supports this across the academy: Teaching Grid initiatives for academic colleagues to develop teaching communities of practice; induction and well-being programmes for undergraduates; student blogs and cultural events for taught postgraduates; and networking and social events via the Research Exchange for our researchers.