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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wolfson Guest Lecture - How Physical Space Impacts on Learning by Dr Jonas Nordquist

12:30pm to 2:30pm, Tees Suite, GP Training Wing, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Dr Jonas Nordquist

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing are delighted to host a guest lecture by Dr Jonas Nordquist, Director Medical Case Centre, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm on How Physical Space Impacts on Learning.


Physical space has been neglected in its impact on the success of learning. Health programs are accommodated in traditional didactic learning spaces: lecture theatres, seminar rooms, and separate buildings for academic disciplines. Hospitals have limited provision for student learning. Yet learning patterns and educational methods have been transformed. What are the trends globally in providing high performance learning spaces that respond better to emerging needs? What are the key design features? What can we learn from the innovative work and learning spaces in the corporate and other sectors? This plenary will address the overall issue of aligning the curriculum with physical learning spaces.


Jonas Nordquist, PhD, is the Director of the Medical Case Centre at Karolinska Institutet and he is the associate DIO, in charge of the strategic educational development for the residency programs at the Karolinska University Hospital. He joined Karolinska Institutet in 2003.

Dr. Nordquist is a Harvard-Macy scholar in medical education at Harvard Medical School. He has been involved in projects in more than 40 countries around the world and is the author of three books and several peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. Nordquist is an affiliated scholar at the Wilson Centre, University of Toronto. He is also visiting faculty at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Makerere School of Medicine, Kampala, Uganda; medical educational expert to the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; visiting professor and external assessor to the Guatemala Medical Academy. He has served as a WHO expert in medical education.

Dr. Nordquist’s research focuses on educational leadership and also currently on how physical space impacts on learning. 


It is essential to register your place as places are limited. Please click here to take you to the online booking form. 


12:30 Tea/Coffee available in the Wolfson Street, Wolfson Building
13:00 Welcome and Introduction by Professor Jan Illing, Tees Suite
13:05 Guest Lecture by Dr Jonas Nordquist
14:00 Questions and Answers
14:30 Close

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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Wolfson Guest Lecture - Promoting Academic Productivity through Mentoring Programms: best Practices and Research Evidence

12:30pm to 2:30pm, D004, Ebsworth Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Professor Larry Gruppen


Mentoring has real and demonstrable benefits for both mentor and protégé in terms of career satisfaction, productivity, and retention. These benefits often motivate well-intentioned efforts to foster mentoring relationships through mentor training, mentor-protégé assignment, and explicit expectations. These mentoring programs can reflect a significant investment of resources by an institution.

  • Are such programs worthwhile?
  • Is mentorship the panacea it is presented to be?
  • What makes a good mentor, a good protégé, and a good mentorship program?
  • How important is mentorship to promoting research and scholarly productivity?

 These questions will serve to focus this presentation and discussion of the literature on mentoring programs, our personal observations as mentors and protégés, and institutional efforts to promote mentoring.


Larry Gruppen is Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. His research interests center around the development of expertise, knowledge and performance assessment, self-regulated learning, and educational leadership development. He has held the offices of president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education and chair of the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Central Group on Educational Affairs. He was also the founding Chair of the AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications on a variety of topics in medical education, presents regularly at national and international professional meetings, and was recognized for his career productivity by the AAMC’s Central Group for Educational Affairs’ Medical Education Laureate Award. He directs the Medical School’s unique and innovative Master in Health Professions Education that is fully competency-based and individualized.


12:30 Tea/Coffee available, D004, Ebsworth Building
13:00 Welcome and Introduction by Professor Jan Illing
13:05 Guest Lecture by Professor Larry Gruppen
14:00 Questions and Answers
14:30 Close


It is essential to register your place, please click here to take you to the online booking form.

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Monday 1 September 2014

Wolfson Coffee Morning

10:30am to 11:00am, Wolfson Street, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus

This is the first Wolfson Coffee morning of the 2014/2015 Academic term. Please note the coffee mornings have returned to the original first Monday of the month and the original time of 10.30am - 11.00am.

We are pleased to announce Professor Jan Illing is the Institute's Acting Executive Director and will be in attendance. Please do come along and network over a coffee and a cake, everyone is welcome.

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