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Tom Ritchie

What I work on...

Democracy & Governance
Independent Higher Education

My Story

Dr Tom Ritchie is an award-winning Assistant Professor and Director of Student Experience at the University of Warwick. With over a decade of experience spanning academic and student union roles, he specialises in leveraging the "third space" between these roles to empower students and staff across the sector.
In his day-to-day role, Tom seeks to develop a holistic educational ecosystem that removes traditional boundaries between curricular, extra-curricular, and pastoral aspects of the student experience. Notable achievements include:

• Co-creating impactful student-driven programmes: Led the development of "We are Chemistry," a well-being and inclusion programme recognised for its positive impact (TEF Gold, The Times Higher Education), and presented at national and international conferences.

• Developing effective student voice and engagement strategies: Utilising experience from previously held leadership positions in student unions, contributing to strategy development, student engagement, and governance reviews.

• Championing student-centred learning: Convenes interdisciplinary modules, fostering student voice, and utilising innovative teaching methods.

• Authoring and sharing knowledge: Co-authored a book on "Engaged Learned" pedagogies with European universities, and articles and blogs linked to co-creation, student engagement, and student recruitment.
Committed to advancing the support he can provide to students’ union officers and staff, and student experience professionals across the sector.

Tom is also currently completing:
• An OCM Apprenticeship in Professional Coaching.
• An International Education Leadership Programme with Monash, Cambridge, and King’s College universities.
• A Postgraduate Award in Curriculum Design in Higher Education.
• A Postgraduate Award in Interdisciplinary Pedagogies.

Tom has joined Coole Insight to share his unique "third space" perspective and empower others to create more impactful educational experiences.

meet the rest of the team

Yemi Gbajobi
Amy Forrister
Christina Kennedy
Suki Kaur
Stephanie Johnson
Denza Gonsalves
Mike Day
Steve Coole
Zahra Butt
Scott Farmer
Tom Ritchie
Michael Wigg
Ben Vulliamy
Jamie Stratton
Jan Sowa
Nina Musgrave
Andy Morwood
Jack Medlin
Gemma Painter
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