Thursday, 9 December 2010

Transdisciplinary Group Meeting

The meeting of 60 academics was addressed by Vice Chancellor Dominic Shellard, who posed the question as to how the University structures might be best organised to remove the barriers preventing effective Transdisciplinary working. Heidi McPherson highlighted the decline of creative and left-field thinking in pupils as they progressed through the educational system. Phil Moore aligned the Grand Challenges of Research with a more holistic and Transdisciplinary approach to research, and Andrew Hugill outlined the differences between multi- and trans-disciplinary working and the problematic of balance between disciplines and connected approaches to research. The meeting broke into four groups for a lively discussion on research, post-graduate teaching, undergraduate teaching and Knowledge Transfer. The feed back sparked a summative discussion and the drawing together of action points to move the discussion into actions.


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