Last week, a colleague and I attended the OECD conference, ‘HIGHER EDUCATION: Spaces and Places for Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer‘ in Helsinki, Finland. As I noted in a previous post, the University of Lincoln is leading a HEFCE funded project to
promote closer collaboration between academics and estates professionals in the development of new learning landscapes, so that the strengths of the traditional academic environment are not lost when new spaces are developed to foster innovative approaches. It aims to develop a high-level framework, pathways and tool set to facilitate the dialogue between HEI senior academic managers and their estates directors concerning the future direction of teaching and research practice and its implications for the built estate. Process tools will be piloted at steering group institutions and a training programme developed.
In addition, the University has its own Learning Landscapes agenda which is closely tied to the Strategic Plan for the University.