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Interdisciplinarity by design Seven new universities (1960-1961) Sussex York East Anglia Essex Lancaster Kent Warwick The planned children of government.

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1 Interdisciplinarity by design Seven new universities ( ) Sussex York East Anglia Essex Lancaster Kent Warwick The planned children of government policy Beloff 1968: 26 Robbins report Expansion but also re- thinking the idea of a university

2 The interdisciplinary university a society of individuals living and working together for the advancement of learning and the dissemination of knowledge York: 12 a meeting place of different aptitudes, skills and specialisations York: 12 Excessive concentration of specialists within a social group would ….work against the mixing of different interests and skills which is one of the chief purposes of university education York: 10 The new map of learning.. Involves the re-drawing of boundaries between old subjects

3 Interdependence of disciplines Structure and organisation Schools Colleges Departments Major and minor subjects

4 Plotting courses

5 Orchestrating serendipity The university must be a meeting place… each specialisation must be enriched by the greatest possible contact with others York: 13 A science department and housing linked by chains of non- science departments around one of the central buildings

6 Designing interdisciplinary exchange

7 Heslington East

8 Heslington East and Complex X: May 2005 A pioneering new research and teaching centre that will be the academic flagship of the University of York's proposed campus extension has secured £12 million in financial support. The new £38 million centre – codenamed Complex X – will pioneer closer collaboration between arts and sciences, reflecting the realignment of fields of study in an increasingly technological age. Complex X will house York's new Department of Theatre, Film and Television...The new department will collaborate closely with the Department of Electronics, which already runs courses in media technology. The Creative Technologies Hub will support innovative experimental work where technology is applied to arts areas and will involve Yorkshire's creative industries. The inter-disciplinary research centre for Complex Systems Analysis will develop an area of study designated as crucial for Britain's future in the government's Science White Paper.


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