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Insight Event: Design Thinking: Approaches to Student Engagement

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Excellence in practice
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Virtual Workshop
Teaching and Learning
Start Date
End Date
3 hours
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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Design thinking offers new tools for decision making, problem solving, and ideation drawn from the business and digital realms. The approaches used within design thinking reflect the complexity and uncertainty brought about by the accelerated levels of innovation and change. Similar levels of complexity and change are also present in a higher education context. In a recent WONKHE article, some of the values and opportunities which design thinking offers in higher education have been explored.

Design thinking is an approach that provides a range of tools for engaging students and staff in working collaboratively to find solutions. This session will provide staff working with students with new tools to open up spaces for discussion about inclusive education, curriculum design and other departmental challenges.

During this interactive and thought-provoking insights event, Dr Bo Kelestyn, Senior Teaching Fellow and Director of Student Experience, University of Warwick, will guide you through the fundamentals of design thinking and help you consider how it can be used for co-creation in your work and institution. This session will focus on how design thinking can be used to create a dialogue and problem solve in collaboration with students in the context of inclusive education, curriculum review and other similar institutional challenges.

You will also hear from Bo and other colleagues about their experiences of implementing design thinking for co-creation at the University of Warwick, the University of Exeter and Oxford Brookes University. By the end of the event, you will have a good understanding of what design thinking entails and how you can start using it for co-creation with your community.

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Who should attend?

Anyone working in education, student experience, student voice and student engagement. Colleagues from academic development and academic technology might also find this interesting. The event might be of relevance to Directors of Student Experience, Directors of Education/T&L, Directors of Undergraduate Studies, Student Reps, Officers and Fellows.


Bo Kelestyn

Senior Teaching Fellow
University of Warwick
Bo Kelestyn
Dr Bo Kelestyn is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick and Innovation Consultant at Sprint Valley. As one of Warwick’s lead experts on design thinking, she holds an extensive portfolio of design thinking and innovation modules.

Sarah Dyer

Professor of Higher Education
University of Exeter
Sarah Dyer
Sarah Dyer is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Exeter. She is a human geographer with research interests in education, work, and gender and the inaugural director of the Exeter Education Incubator.