Projects per year
As Professor of Research in Global Education and Theme Lead for Intercultural Engagement and Global Education, Research Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment (GLEA), my research examines how higher education institutions are integrating ethical, social, cultural and moral dimensions into the purpose, functions, design and delivery of learning experiences, and the impact that this has on our interculturally diverse student community.
My research focuses on the deconstruction of internationalisation, internationalisation at home (IaH), and as part of this agenda, collaborative online international learning (COIL). I am researching how internationalisation of the curriculum does little to transform the curriculum if it lacks a social justice ethic (Joseph, 2011), or disregards indigenous knowledgies and languages as reciprocal exchanges of cultural wealth (Patel, 2017). I am researching how a combined and reframed agenda for IoC and student diversity and equity, can enable both students and staff opportunity to debate their ideas and question global and local power relations that inhibit the creation of all-encompassing learning environments. I am conducting research into COIL with emphasis on intercultural exchange, in which students are not only able to engage with peers in discourse across different geographies and worldviews, but to develop critical skills to understand forces shaping their discipline, and to have accepted viewpoints challenged.
My perspectives are informed by participatory approaches and practices with students and external partners, whereby learning with co-participants is reciprocal, where participants are not kept at a distance and where perspectives and viewpoints can be explored through the research process to address, question and promote issues about learning experiences and forms of engagement, to promote transitional and transformative practices.
Katherine Wimpenny, PhD, MA, DipCOT, Cert Ed, is Professor of Research in Global Education and Theme Lead for Intercultural Engagement and Global Education, in the Research Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment (GLEA at Coventry University (CU). Katherine worked as an occupational therapist for 10 years in health followed by 10 years as an academic on the undergraduate and postgraduate occupational therapy programmes within HLS, CU. She was awarded her PhD in 2009 and has partnered with several NHS Trusts facilitating knowledge transfer through action research methodologies. Since 2010 she has held a full-time research role, initially as Research Fellow in Learning Innovation and then for the past four years in the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL) CU, where she was Conferred as Reader in Education Research and Pedagogy. Katherine was Conferred as Professor of Research in Global Education in 2018 and is now leading research into intercultural engagement and internationalisation in GLEA where she works with a range of national and international partners and has a track record in the design and coordination of research and innovation projects, both nationally and internationally. She is widely published in the academic and professional literature.
Professor Wimpenny has a proven and successful track record for supervising PhD students, and in PhD examining, nationally and internationally, and welcomes contact from prospective students who are interested in researching the aforementioned fields of study
8 PhD Completions
Currently Director of Studies for five PhDs
- Emmauel Johnson: “Identity, Belonging and Faith: A Study on Academic Performance and Acculturation in International Student Experience” (Full-time, Sept 2018 – August 2021)
- Jackie Shanley: “The Professional Socialisation of International Physiotherapy Students: A Narrative Inquiry” (Part-time, Sept 2018 – August 2023)
- Zaira Solomon: “Female Student Stories of access, participation and educational mobility at a South African University: The Case of Social, Cultural and linguistic Capital" (Full-time, Jan 2019 – Dec 2022)
- Carole Still: “Understanding the interpretation of skills mapped into the ‘official’ curriculum and where universities should be focusing their attention (addressing disciplinary, study, professional and life skills)” (Part-time, May 2018 – April 2023)
- Samena Rashid "The impact of internationalisation on University students from a widening access background" (Part-Time Jan 2018 - Dec 2023)
Opening up education in South Mediterranean countries was an international cooperation project co-funded by the Erasmus + Capacity Building in Higher Education programme of the European Union during the period 15 October 2015 - 14 October 2018, involving five HEI partners from Europe and nine HEIs from South-Mediterranean (SM) countries (Morocco, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan). The project was focused on the adoption of Open Educational Practices within the context of higher education in the SM region. The project was structured in three main phases: review of open education initiatives, widening participation in Open Educational Practices (OER), and capacity building opportunities for lecturers and other HE professionals.The development of a capacity building Course “Open Education: fundamentals and approaches, represented a genuine experience of multicultural Open Education development (Wimpenny, Mayo Jariego, Affouneh et al., 2018). Alongside a number of already published papers, three further research papers, including a forthcoming book chapter will be available.
Jordan's Opportunity for Virtual Innovative Teaching and Learning is an Erasmus+ project, October 2017 - 2020, and is focused on supporting Jordanian HEIs in designing and implementing effective ICT-based internationalisation-at-home activities and integrating them in a global network for virtual mobility.
A first phase of the project, which Wimpenny has led via GLEA, is a needs analysis report, focused on examining concepts of virtual innovative teaching and learning from the extant literature, this has included presentation of key recommendations for policy and practice to inform the next stages of the project.
JOVITAL, building on the learning from OpenMed, is offering Jordanian HEIs opportunity to explore, implement, and disseminate OEP, with a particular focus on removing barriers for female learners and refugees, and in providing opportunities to upskill the existing workforce. Mobile Virtual Innovative Learning Labs will focus on a multipliable flexible instrument to ensure nationwide outreach and effective inclusion of marginalised areas and learner groups, especially in rural areas and refugee camps.
EduHack.eu is an ERASMUS + Capacity Building programme in Higher Education, the focus of which is to develop an intensive online course for capacity building in eLearning, OER and MOOC creation. Three EduHackathons will be hosted around Europe, one here at Coventry University, and a European open resource database and network will be set up to promote the reproduction of these events by other institutions. This project is being delivered from GLEA (Wimpenny, K. and Morini, L.) in partnership with DMLL, in particular Dr Villar-Onrubia.
Enhancing Engineering Education Programme (EEEP), UCDP - University Capacity Development Programme - South Africa
EEEP (start date June 2018) is in collaboration with the Walter Sisulu University and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The project is focused on enhancing staff capacity building for knowledge exchange in engineering education and postgraduate supervision. The project is being researched in terms of staff and currciulum development, staff capacity development towards teaching for the 'world of work', application of ALL/PBL as a teaching and learning strategy, development of staff capacity to undertake postgraduate supervision, and research on curriculum mapping as a tool for curriculum analysis.
Enhancing Transnational Education Programmes: Improving Student Retention, Satisfaction and Attainment by Addressing the Motivation, Expectation and Experience Factors in the Anglo-Sino Pedagogies
This international study, actively involving doctoral and early career researchers, is exploring Chinese students’ motivation, expectation and experiences of studying on a TNE programme provided by Coventry University (CU) at two major Chinese partner universities: Southwest University of Political Science & Law and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. It is examine students’ preferred learning approaches in relation to Anglo-Sino pedagogies including how issues such as social background, gender, and prior educational experiences intersect and impact learning experiences.
Most recent project awarded (October 2019)
iKUDU Transforming Curricula through internationalisation and virtual exchange
This KA2 Erasmus+ Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education project), involves 5 historically disadvantaged South African universities and five European Universities. iKUDU is focused on the development of Collaborative Online International learning (COIL) virtual exchanges, which will be embedded in the delivery of an internationalised and transformed curriculum. Presently, very few students, particularly at the undergraduate level, have the opportunity to participate in internationalisation activities. Those who participate frequently hail from advantaged backgrounds. The project will democratise internationalisation in that the COIL virtual exchanges which the project plans to develop and implement are open to participation by students irrespective of financial means available. Thus, democratisation of the internationalisation process and the democratisation of the process of internationalisation will be achieved.
Shaping global urban environments for today and tomorrow: Internationalisation of researcher development and doctoral provision in strategic research areas through a Brazil/UK collaboration
Partners: Universidade Federal Do Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil and Coventry University
This British Council funded capacity-building project addresses UFES’s institutional and regional needs to enhance its internationalization capabilities within priority Social Sciences research areas as per its Internationalisation Plan. The project follows Joseph’s transformative approach to internationalisation as a collaborative undertaking which engages with cultural difference, challenges, ambiguity and risk (2011: 242). It is based on Appreciative Inquiry tenets (Cooperrider and Srivastva 1987; Cooperrider et al 2008) as it entails "a group process that enquires into, identifies and further develops the best of “what is” in organizations in order to create better futures”’ (Preskill and Catsambas 2006: 2) with a particular focus on doctoral study education.
Each project is facilitating intensive know-how transfer between the collaborating institutions in considering pedagogical strategies and decolonisation in the context of curriculum transformation, offering multiple strategies to (re)examine educational approaches to teaching and learning, contextually situated, via research and development with people and communities of diverse intercultural backgrounds.
PhD study areas available:
How can institutional educational leadership best interact efforts to decolonise the curriculum (within and across the disciplines) and enable inclusion and diversity? How is it supportive and what is viewed as oppositional/obstructive? How do policies play a role?
What does decolonising education mean for students and staff and pedagogy? How are expectations framed, choices made/offered, understandings and behaviours experienced?
How are course programmes actively encouraging students to contribute to pedagogy against the background of their own experience and their search for solutions to issues arising from their own realities? Perspectives from within and across the disciplines
Making the hidden and null curriculum visible: approaches to questioning paradigms and being critical of potential pedagogical assumptions
Exploration of interculturality and collaborative online international learning (COIL) in global educational contexts: Internationalisation-of-the-Curriculum and Internationalisation-at-Home strategies
What are the comparative learning gains between study abroad and collaborative online international learning (COIL): student and graduate stories
Unpacking academic practices for learner success: examining change in teaching and learning roles (within COIL) due to the impact of internationalisation
knowledge translation , Doctorate, Coventry University
Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University
Interdisciplinary practice, MA, University of Birmingham
Occupational Therapy, Degree
1/04/18 → 29/02/20
15/10/17 → 14/10/20
1/09/17 → 31/08/20
25/11/19 → 31/10/22
Research Output per year
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Academic development to support the internationalization of the curriculum (IoC): A qualitative research synthesisWimpenny, K., Beelen, J. & King, V., 10 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal for Academic Development. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 25 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Capacity Building for Virtual Innovative Teaching and Learning in Jordan – Experiences of the JOVITAL projectWimpenny, K., DeWinter, A., Adefila, A., Tawileh, W., Trunk, N. & Jaser, E., 18 Jun 2019.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract
Research output: Contribution to conference › Other
Internationalisation in the classroom and questions of alignment: embedding COIL modules in an internationalised curriculumBeelen, J. & Wimpenny, K., 26 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) Reshaping International Teaching and Learning: Universities in the Information Age. Nixon, P., Dennen, V. & Rawal, R. (eds.). Part 1: Routledge, Vol. (In-press). p. (In-press) (Elspeth Jones, Internationalisation in Higher Education).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Activities per year
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)