Karen Gallagher

Senior Fellow SFHEA

Multi-disciplinary learning

Name Karen Gallagher
Email k.m.gallagher@exeter.ac.uk
Position Sustainability Manager
College Campus Services

Research-inspired learning

“A third of our research at the University of Exeter is in climate change and sustainable futures. In order to be a credible leader in that area we really do have to practice what we preach. The way we do that is by bringing together all of the threads of our different activities; our research, our teaching and our learning.” 

Education for Sustainability (EfS) provides students with a number of  opportunities to become actively involved in the university's research and activities to promote sustainable development using four key learning strands; action learning, experiential learning, transformational learning and research-inspired/problem based learning.

Multi-disciplinary learning

EfS played an integral role in shaping the university's Education Strategy, particularly the strategic aim to promote multi-disciplinary learning that tackles contemporary global challenges. According to The HEA, 60% of students at University want to learn more about sustainable development, regardless of their discipline. As Karen explains; “Global problems are truly complex, and we need a whole myriad of different perspectives in order to get the right solution... by bringing together students… from Humanities and Science… we will get to that global solution.”

Aim 6: Multi-disciplinary learning for global challenges 

To provide all students with the opportunity to explore the relevance of different disciplines to contemporary challenges facing the world

Inquiry-based learning 

"It gives the students the chance to get involved in practical sustainability."

Research-inspired learning

"We provide tremendous opportunities in terms of researching our activities".

Multi-disciplinary learning

“Bringing together students… from Humanities and Science… we will get to that global solution.”