Katherine Wimpenny


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Vision Statement

As Theme Lead for Intercultural Engagement and Global Education, in the Research Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment (GLEA), my research examines how higher education (HE) 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 diverse student community, staff, strategic partnerships and institutional practices. This includes research into the adoption of strategies and channels that embrace the principles of openness within the context of HE practices with knowledge sharing that goes beyond the walls of the institution, to benefit disadvantaged groups and wider society.

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 forms of engagement and transformative practices.



Katherine Wimpenny, PhD, MA, DipCOT, Cert Ed, is 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 a Reader in Education Research and Pedagogy. Katherine 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. 

Current Projects

OpenMed  https://openmedproject.eu

Opening up education in South Mediterranean countries is 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 is focused on the adoption of Open Educational Practices within the context of higher education in the SM region. The project is 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, represents a genuine experience of multicultural Open Education development (Wimpenny, Mayo Jariego, Affouneh et al., 2018).


JOVITAL  https://jovital.eu

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 Coventry has led, 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 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   https://eduhack.eu  

EduHack.eu is another successful 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 then 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.

In summary,

Each project is facilitating intensive know-how transfer between the consortium members in considering the role of OEP as part of virtual exchange, offering multiple opportunities to access learning and work co-operatively with people and communities and backgrounds.


Enhancing Engineering Education Programme (EEP)

UCDP - University Capacity Development Programme - South Africa

This most recent project (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. 


Education/Academic qualification

knowledge translation , Doctorate, Coventry University

Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

Interdisciplinary practice, MA, University of Birmingham

Occupational Therapy, Degree

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Research Output 2004 2018

#3CityLink: Disrupting Learning Through a Translocal Art Pedagogy Exchange Project

Wimpenny, K., Knowles, R. V., Ramsey, C. & Speculand, J. 28 Aug 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : The International Journal of Art & Design Education. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

art production

A new approach to digital competence building for university educators in Europe

Nascimbeni, F., Villar-Onrubia, D., Wimpenny, K. & Burgos, D. 28 Feb 2018 (Submitted)

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

knowledge transfer

Collaborative Poetics Network: A Pilot Study Exploring the Potential of Collaborative, Arts-based Research

Helen, J. & Wimpenny, K. 9 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

business education
interactive media

Curriculum Development in Higher Education using Open Education Practices Across the Mediterranean: OpenMed

Wimpenny, K., Jariego, I., Nascimbeni, F., Affouneh, S., Alkamari, A., Villar-Onrubia, D. & Eldieb, A. 28 May 2018 (Submitted) In : Journal of Curriculum Studies. (in press), p. (in press) 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

curriculum development
educational practice
North Africa
East Africa
Middle East

Exploring intercultural learning through a blended course about open education practices across the Mediterranean

Nascimbeni, F., Burgos, D., Aceto, S., Wimpenny, K., Maya, I., Stefanelli, C. & Eldeib, A. 23 May 2018 Proceedings of 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference: Emerging Trends and Challenges of Engineering Education, EDUCON 2018. IEEE Computer Society, p. 285-288 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

intercultural learning

Activities 2002 2018

Qualitative Research and Writing for Publication

Wimpenny, K. (Speaker)
23 Jul 201825 Jul 2018

Activity: Invited talk

Facilitators’ Perspectives as Mediators of the Local Learning Circles of the OpenMed Open Course

Wimpenny, K. (Speaker), Villar-Onrubia, D. (Speaker), Isidro Maya Jariego (Speaker), Fabio Nascimbeni (Speaker), Adiy Tweissi, (Speaker)
18 Apr 201819 Apr 2018

Activity: Oral presentation

What is the agenda for research on professional development for internationalisation?

Wimpenny, K. (Speaker), Karine Hendrix (Speaker)
26 Sep 2018

Activity: Invited talk


Co-Lead Research

Katherine Wimpenny (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Election to learned society