Vice-Chancellor's Forum Thursday 2nd June 2016 - Interdisciplinarity

Keele has a long history of multi-disciplinary teaching and research, but are we truly interdisciplinary?

The establishment of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences aims to revisit the founding principles of Keele’s ‘broad based’ education and provide a focus for engaging in and encouraging interdisciplinary conversation and research for all of our academic staff and students.

The next Vice-Chancellor’s forum is scheduled to place on Thursday 2nd June 2016 at 12 noon in the Salvin Room, Keele Hall and I would like to use this forum to explore how scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds can collaborate and to identify how can we “do” interdiscplinarity more effectively at Keele in the context of established priorities in health, sustainability and ageing and the new interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiatives centred around community animation and social innovation, and policing and community safety.

The Vice-Chancellor’s forums have been established to help create room for debate of broad institutional issues involving a cross section of staff and students (where appropriate) from across the University. More information about the background to the Vice-Chancellor forums can be found at the Vice-Chancellor’s Office section of the website:

The Vice-Chancellor’s forum on 2nd June will take the form of a small group debate involving 15 – 18 people from across the University. Lunch will be provided.

If you would like to take part in the forum, could you please apply for a place by emailing Howard Bell in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at by Friday, 27th May 2016.

The invite to take part in the forum is extended to both staff and students.