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Insights Event: Design Thinking: Approaches to Student Engagement

A short session to stimulate and strengthen collaboration between staff and students via the design thinking approach.

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.

Date: 10 May 2022
Location: Virtual

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The design thinking approach 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. The session will focus on how design thinking can be used to create a dialogue and problem-solve in collaboration with students in the context described above.

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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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.

Dr Celia Brigg

Associate Director, Events & Conferences
Advance HE
Celia Brigg - Advance HE
Celia joined Advance HE (formerly the HEA) in April 2012 from the North West Universities Association (NWUA) where she was Director (Skills). At NWUA she was the strategic lead for all skills and employer engagement activity for nine years with much of her work focusing around higher-level skills, widening participation and learning and teaching, with a particular focus on work-based and flexible learning. 

Lucy Turner

Head of Quality Assurance and Vaildations
Lucy Turner
Lucy Turner is Head of Quality Assurance and Validations within the Faculty of Technology Design and Environment.  This role involves working with academic teams as well as colleagues from the central Quality Office to ensure all existing and new programs within the faculty meet the academic standards expected within Higher Education Institutions.
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Design Thinking podcast by Bo Kelestyn

Episode one

In this introductory episode, Dr Kelestyn talks about the overall series and shares how the University of Warwick has been leveraging design thinking for student engagement and student voice.
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Episode two

In this episode, Dr Kelestyn speaks with Luke Netherclift, a Warwick graduate, former work innovation fellow, Warwick Secret Challenge facilitator and trainer, entrepreneur and co-founder of Let's Level Up.
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Episode three

In this episode, Dr Kelestyn speaks with Anish Bagga, the founder of Unitu, an online platform that helps universities and student unions to collect and analyse student feedback in real time.
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Episode four

In this episode, Dr Kelestyn and Dave Thomas, Senior Advisor at Advance HE explore the connection between design thinking, leadership and inclusivity.
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