Professor Philippa Levy is Academic Director of CILASS, the Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences, and a member of the Department of Information Studies, at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research interests are in the areas of higher education pedagogy and learning support/development, including the educational roles of information professionals. She has a special interest in the use of digital technologies in learning and teaching. Through her role with CILASS she has become involved in the design of new learning spaces, including an inquiry collaboratory that was selected in early 2007 as a national exemplar of good practice. She is taking forward a number of research projects exploring aspects of the student and staff experience of inquiry-based learning, including exploration of the impact of learning space design.