Dr Sue Prince

Grand Challenges Academic Lead

First class education and technology

Name Dr Sue Prince
Email S.J.Prince@exeter.ac.uk
Position Associate Professor in Law
College College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Use of technology in lectures

Throughout her teaching, Sue aims to use technology to enhance communication with her students, from interactive ResponseWare in lectures, to using Padlet to interact with her students outside of the classroom. These tools are particularly well-received by international students, as they open up a number of streams of communication that allow international students to share their perspectives easily and effectively, in addition to allowing them access to University of Exeter facilities and resources from anywhere in the world.

Sue incorporates leading technologies into her teaching, to explore how technology can be used to make the learning experience even more engaging for students. Using the interactive ResponseWare system TurningPoint, she provides students with the opportunity to have a voice in the shaping of their learning experience.

“I think the use of [Turning Point] will help develop a first class education… because we can think much more excitingly and innovatively about how we can change the way that we teach, so it’s not that we are living in a world where technology is something that you only think about in terms of science fiction or fantasy, its actually about embracing it as something that is a fundamental part of the way that we teach”.

Promoting multi-disciplinarity through Grand Challenges

Sue also runs the Grand Challenges project, Beyond Conflict, which aims to explore how to resolve conflicts through a more creative and accessible way, through using real examples of conflict encountered by different businesses and organisations. Grand Challenges is a week-long summer programme where University of Exeter undergraduates work together in interdisciplinary research groups, alongside top academics in order to address some of the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century. 

As Sue explains, the merit of multi-disciplinary learning is that “there are lots of lessons to learn from experts in other fields and students studying in other fields about how we can best deal with conflict”.

Grand Challenges and Sustainability

In relation to the Education for Sustainability strategy, Sue's Challenge embeds sustainability of a just and fair society within the curriculum. "'Beyond Conflict' was a project that required students to work on particular areas of conflict that were at the forefront of concern to those businesses and organisations who had volunteered to take part such as IBM, Waitrose, and Exeter Food Banks. Each project involved the students thinking about the conflicts inherent in vital issues concerning sustainability in just and fair society. One example is the issue of fracking commissioned by SW Water. The students involved in this Enquiry Group designed an informative website, as they had found that one of the main underlying areas of conflict was the lack of information about fracking in the community. The representative who attended the final presentation on behalf of SW Water told the students that he was so impressed he was going to take their work to the national group Water UK. This example demonstrates the way that Grand Challenges can show an impact both upon education and learning and directly upon the community too."

"The interdisciplinary approach of Grand Challenges engages students to think about issues beyond the curriculum but using the skills they develop within the curriculum. It requires them to work in different situations they might not have previously encountered during their degree, for example, working with local, national and international businesses and organisations. These organisations require the students to address real-world problems and the students were mentored to present action research and concepts in a way that would be of direct use to their future work, e.g. students designed posters for Exeter Food Banks that will be published and used to promote the work of the Food Bank."

Aim 5: First class education and technology

To equip students with the ability to use technologies effectively for learning and student success

Additional resources


Technology for international students

"Technology… can be very helpful when you’re settling into a new university, a new culture and a new country".

TurningPoint ResponseWare

"It's about how we can make students feel, if they are in a large lecture theatre, as if they have a part to play."

Beyond Conflict

"Grand Challenges offers a different way of thinking".