We are asking our staff and students to see the world differently. We want them to challeng perceptions to drive imaginative change.
Our University has a rich tradition of artistic and creative activity that has gone against the orthodoxy. The kind of original and lateral thinking that we want to focus on here goes further. It runs through every department and all parts of our community life.
Where disruption meets inspiration
To make this happen, both words in the title of this theme should be equally weighted. This is about radicalism in the form of innovation, disruption, challenge and risk, as well as quirky and inspirational originality.
This is an opportunity to bring about a step-change in global collaboration and cross-disciplinary thinking. We will shape the world creatively by bringing together different perspectives, approaches, paradigms and bodies of knowledge.
Our current activity
Creative teaching and learning and engagement
This theme will empower Middlesex academics, across departments and all of our campuses, who are passionate about innovative approaches to teaching that combine technology, collaboration and one-to-one support. To take a handful to examples: we provide all Maths students at our Hendon campus with iPads to access instant feedback. Staff and students created a 24/7 immersive project turning the Hendon Grove building into a mocked-up A&E department. And the MDX Living Pavilion is a sustainable and organically evolving addition to the London campus designed by Architectural Technology students.
Innovative and interdisciplinary research
We excel in interdisciplinary research, often with wide-ranging partners, that showcases the incredible possibilities of this theme. Take the activities of artist-centred dance-based research centre ResCen. Their work includes a partnership with Japan’s Oberlin University Institute of Gerontology on the role of dance and creativity in the wellbeing of the elderly. And research by our Music and Cognition Communication Lab evaluates young children’s musical engagement and language skills.
We want to hear from you
We have set the scene with some examples of the work we do in this area. We know this is not a complete list by any means, so now we are looking for your help.
Help us enhance our reputation and build up a better picture of activity by sharing examples of your work and from outside Middlesex.
Engage with our strategy
Want to share more detail or files with us? We are very keen to hear more.
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