Kate Nicholroy - Director of Learning InnovationInterview

Kate Nicholroy - Director of Learning Innovation

By Rachel Harper

Kate Nicholroy is our new Director of Learning Innovation. In her first week on the job, we caught up with her to find out a little about her role and future plans for new ways of teaching and learning at the School.

How long have your been at LBS what have been your highlights so far?

I have just had my fifth anniversary at LBS! It has been a fun few years growing the L&D function from being purely a training department to doing blended learning, facilitating team development days, creating Learning Core and the People Manager Hub, running the Change Network, reinvigorating the School Survey and eventually growing the team’s remit to being a full Learning and Organisational Development team. I’ve also really enjoyed being Chair of Staff Committee for a time and, more recently, it has been great being part of Management Committee and working with such a committed group.  I’ve been lucky to be part of a fantastic team and I’ve really enjoyed watching people at the School grow during their time here.

Please could you tell us a little about your new role?

I’ve just joined the Learning Innovation team as Director of Learning Innovation. My team works across departments and with faculty to experiment with new approaches to teaching and learning. Some of the projects we are working on at the moment include:

  • Developing three new SPOCs (small private online courses) building on our highly successful courses last year: Innovating in a Digital World, Start-Up Success and Entrepreneurial Edge.
  • Working with a team from across the school to develop a collaborative learning experience for alumni as part of phase three of the customer journey programme. This will give alumni access to professional development, thought leadership content and stories to fuel their curiosity and connection to the school.
  • We’re also working closely with Executive Education on developing a truly blended learning experience for their new Women in Leadership programme.

I’m only four days into the role, so I’m sure I’ll have more to say soon!

Learning Innovation is a new team – what do you do?

The Learning Innovation department, led by Tansy Rothwell,  designs educational experiences and curates information resources to support and inspire learning, research and academic excellence. The department is made of my team, Learning, and the Information Services and Library team led by Jacob Gage.

What’s the best thing about being about being part of the LBS community?

It is really fun being able to innovate alongside colleagues who are willing to share their experience and expertise to improve our ideas and bring them to life.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and why?

Elizabeth Garret Anderson, Anne Lister, Irena Sendler and Bessie Coleman because in different ways they were all brave and determined and challenged the status quo.

Tell us something surprising about yourself…

I’ve driven a tube train and worked on a ranch. Not at the same time.