Building Compassion Capacity: Chester Retold and Storyhouse, a Case Study


  • Eileen Pollard University of Chester



Storying Sheffield, Chester Retold, Community, Experiential Learning, Alternative Teaching Spaces


This article is a case study of a level five experiential learning module that I designed and taught at the University of Chester in the summer term of 2018 in collaboration with the city’s innovative new arts hub, Storyhouse. As a case study, it will demonstrate how ‘compassion’ can be placed at the heart of module design within Higher Education Arts and Humanities teaching, as well as how compassionate practice can emerge organically from innovation.

Author Biography

Eileen Pollard, University of Chester

Eileen Pollard is a Senior Lecturer in English literature at the University of Chester. She has previously published on ‘live’ pedagogy in Learning and Teaching in Action, Journal of Academic Development and Education and Times Higher Education. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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