Interpretive voices: coproducing creative enquiry in the time of COVID-19

L.Younie, F.Elliott, R.Buckland, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, UK.

Paper published in Public Health, Volume 196, July 2021, Pages 201-203.

Received 30 December 2020, Revised 6 May 2021, Accepted 26 May 2021.


The objective of the study is the development of a virtual pilot of student and clinician creative enquiry during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Evaluation of the pilot was carried out by a student-staff team and included review of creative pieces submitted, their impact and team reflection, drawing on the differing perspectives of staff and students.

A series of powerful creative enquiry texts have been published and presented from this pilot. Evaluation suggests individual and group flourishing are possible through creative expression and dialogue. Coproduction allows development of innovative and complex virtual educational spaces.

Creative enquiry enables working across hierarchies, disciplines, and the virtual realm to build connection, relationship, and solidarity. Work is needed to create psychological safety and to support wider student engagement.

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