June 10, 2011

Universities Week 2011 – What's the Big Idea?

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/knowledge/

Universities Week takes place next week (13 – 19 June 2011) and is a national campaign run by Universities UK, which aims to highlight the breadth of work that Universities do across the UK and the benefits they provide for society.

Here at the Knowledge Centre we will be supporting the campaign by featuring content around the question “What’s the big idea?”. Each day, Universities Week will be looking at different “big ideas” in higher education, and we will be showing how Warwick contributes in those areas:

Sharing Big Ideas – On Monday, Universities UK will be launching their “factshare” which showcases some of the most interesting facts and information coming out of UK Universities. We have a number of facts about the University of Warwick - some you may have heard of, some you may not – but all highlight the impact and variety of research that goes on across the University in all disciplines.

Big Ideas for Business – As the focus of Tuesday’s theme is on the relationship between businesses and universities we will be showcasing a recent collaboration between WMG and local SME, Envisage Group. Envisage Group, a Coventry-based company, have designed an advanced-concept aeroplane seat for business/first class passengers.

Big Ideas for Society – This theme serves to highlight the positive impact universities have on their local society, particularly how they give back to the local community. Warwick Volunteers provide opportunities for both staff and students to give their time for a good cause and benefit their society. Here, we explain a bit more about the work that has been done with Warwickshire Children's University and the Technology Volunteers.

Big Ideas for the Future – Have you ever wanted to drive a car on Mars? Do you have a great idea that could benefit society? We asked Warwick academics - scientists, inventors, and thinkers - one simple question: If there weren't any practical limitations, what would you do to improve the way we live for the future?

Inside Big Ideas – With the vast amount of research generated in each university, how do we go about finding the most up to date, relevant research? Head of Digital Communications at Warwick, Ken Punter, explains more about the process of disseminating knowledge and the latest research through the Knowledge Centre.

You can follow our Universities Week updates on Twitter using the hashtag #Uniweek. 

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