I am Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Prior to this, I was Director of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK and have worked in creative arts education in a variety of roles, organisations, across levels and subjects. My wide-ranging experience of teaching across diverse learning abilities, combined with my research into art and design pedagogies led to my involvement as educational researcher in inspiring projects such as Broad Vision, an art / science programme that offered students across the University of Westminster a range of opportunities for art / science collaborative research and interdisciplinary learning.
I have been committed to creative, collaborative and student-centred approaches to teaching since sharing my knowledge and experience of working as a photographer in industry and advertisement with undergraduates on Photography degrees in the UK in the 1990’s. Since then I have contributed to educational provision at a number of institutions at various levels, including HE, FE and the community sector, as well as across disciplinary divides. I have been Principal Lecturer in photography, teaching students on the BA Photographic Arts. In the spring of 2015 I was co-leading a new module Creative Encounters, with Professor David Gauntlett. The module provided a forum for students to explore collaborative working practices across disciplines within arts, media and the creative industries. I initiated the development of this cross-faculty module, inviting staff and students to co-create the formal parameters and generating content with students. This form of co-creation is one of my research interests, along with the creative process, collective learning, interdisciplinarity and learning environments.
I have presented widely on all of these subjects at national and international events such as the conference on the Arts in Society in London, the GLAD conference in Sheffield, a discussion panel on interdisciplinarity and cross-disciplinary collaboration between the arts and sciences in HE hosted by GV Art in London, and a collaborative book writing symposium to create the international anthology on Learning Space Design in Higher Education at the University of Michigan, USA.
Along with my educational research, I have continued to engage in my creative practice. I am currently working with an English researcher and photographer on the project England: Deutschland. The project utilizes collaboration as a dialectic tool in visual arts practice. The research is underpinned by investigating the potential of photography as a medium to develop new ways of seeing, thinking and collaborating through understanding connections with culture and society.
My involvements with educational institution include also work as adviser and consultant. I have been external examiner for BA (Hons) in Photography and New Media at Accademia Italiana, Florence, Italy and am currently external examiner for MA Art Practice, MA Design Practice and MA Creative Media at North Wales School of Art & Design (Glyndŵr University). I have also worked as a consultant for the University of Wales Validation Unit and the Open University Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships, and have chaired and participated in a number of validations and institutional reviews.
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