10 episodes

In this new monthly series from the University of Leeds, Vice-Chancellor Simone Buitendijk is joined by guests from across the organisation, and shares perspectives and insights on how we can change the world – through our behaviour, leadership, research and teaching.

Changing The World University of Leeds

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In this new monthly series from the University of Leeds, Vice-Chancellor Simone Buitendijk is joined by guests from across the organisation, and shares perspectives and insights on how we can change the world – through our behaviour, leadership, research and teaching.

    World Changers: Not ‘hard to reach’ but ‘hardly reached’ Empowering communities by engaging them in research

    World Changers: Not ‘hard to reach’ but ‘hardly reached’ Empowering communities by engaging them in research

    Not ‘hard to reach’ but ‘hardly reached’ Empowering communities by engaging them in research
    When Jasjit Singh was researching media portrayals of British Sikhs, he wanted to make sure his research was a true representation of the people whose lives he was talking about. Working with the community then gave him the authority to take the findings forward to influence national and international policy.
    Here, he reflects on how universities can raise the profile of ‘hardly reached’ communities.
    By explaining how research works and embedding open dialogue in their projects, academics can make sure their work is relevant – and that it will make a real difference to society.

    • 23 min
    World Changers: Can digital technology open up university education for all?

    World Changers: Can digital technology open up university education for all?

    Can digital technology open up university education for all?
    In this World changers episode, Vice-Chancellor Simone Buitendijk speaks to Dr Bronwen Swinnerton.
    Digital technology is often promised as the key to widening participation in university education for more students. But such technology isn’t neutral, and not all learners have the same access to it. Bronwen Swinnerton has been looking at how the ‘digital divide’ affects students in the UK and across the world. And she describes how the University of Leeds’ mission to tackle such inequalities is starting right at home.

    • 26 min
    World Changers: What if the drugs don’t work?

    World Changers: What if the drugs don’t work?

    What if the drugs don’t work? Solutions start with communities
    In this World changers episode, Vice-Chancellor Simone Buitendijk speaks to Dr Jessica Mitchell.
    Infections that would have quickly killed us a hundred years ago are rarely a cause for concern nowadays. Antimicrobials protect us from infections caused by microbes such as bacteria, fungi and viruses.
    But the speed at which microbes are becoming resistant to these drugs is accelerating rapidly. What will happen if the drugs stop working?
    Dr Jessica Mitchell is exploring effective ways for our communities – global, national, and local – to come together and respond.

    • 24 min
    World Changers: A university without walls

    World Changers: A university without walls

    A university without walls: How St Gemma’s Hospice and the University of Leeds joined forces to transform end of life care.
    In this World changers episode, Vice-Chancellor Simone Buitendijk speaks to Dr Lucy Ziegler.
    Lucy Ziegler’s research in oncology took on a very personal significance when her own mother died of breast cancer. Her personal loss and passion for her research made her determined to improve the way we care for those nearing the end of their lives.
    Her research contributed to a landmark breakthrough when St Gemma’s became the world’s first University Teaching Hospice. Now its work not only serves the local Leeds community but also helps reduce inequalities in palliative care across the world.

    • 35 min
    The case for active learning with Professor Simone Buitendijk and Fridey Cordingley

    The case for active learning with Professor Simone Buitendijk and Fridey Cordingley

    Beyond the transmission of facts to a whole new level of understanding - how problem-based active learning can boost university students' learning.
    What is the purpose of a university education, particularly in an age of life-long learning?
    In the latest episode of the 'Changing the World' series, University of Leeds Vice-Chancellor Professor Simone Buitendijk and Deputy Director of Communications Fridey Cordingley discuss how, for some students and academics, university education is still viewed as the transmission of facts, and assessments to test whether those facts had been learned. The problem with that, Simone argues, is most people do not retain facts. And employers want a different set of skills. They are after people who can work in a team and can collaborate and we need to teach our students that learning never stops.
    The solution, she believes, is to train students to acquire knowledge but also to solve problems, through a process of active learning, getting students to actively engage with a subject to really learn.
    Follow Professor Simone Buitendijk on Twitter @SEBuitendijk, and follow University of Leeds at @UniversityLeeds
    To read more voices from the University of Leeds, visit our https://medium.com/university-of-leeds (Medium publication) and https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ (University's website).

    • 28 min
    Is there a finish line for universities? With Professor Simone Buitendijk and Dr Cheryl Hurst

    Is there a finish line for universities? With Professor Simone Buitendijk and Dr Cheryl Hurst

    University of Leeds Vice-Chancellor Professor Simone Buitendijk sits down with Dr Cheryl Hurst, a research fellow who specialises in gender and inequality, leadership and organisational change.
    Recorded in March 2021, their wide-reaching conversation looks at Simone’s journey to becoming the University of Leeds’ first female Vice-Chancellor, leading the organisation during the Covid crisis, the experiences of younger academics.
    They ask what is the true goal of universities - and should it be measured solely by academic output?
    Follow Professor Simone Buitendijk on Twitter https://twitter.com/SEBuitendijk (here), and follow University of Leeds by clicking https://twitter.com/universityleeds (here).
    To read more from the University of Leeds, visit its Medium publication https://medium.com/university-of-leeds (here), and the University's website https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ (here).

    • 23 min

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