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The 3Es

University of Bolton, Deane Campus
12 June 2009 10:00-15:30

Are you a member of staff teaching Art, Design and Media in HE or HE in FE? If so, this event will be of interest to you.

This one-day event, Expectations, Experiences and Encounters in HE and HE in FE – The 3Es, hosted by the University of Bolton on behalf of the NW Network Group, has been developed to disseminate the findings of collaborative research into student expectations, experiences and encounters with higher education undertaken in the Northwest of England.

Student expectations, experiences and encounters, and staff perceptions were explored through innovative research partnerships between staff teaching higher education art, design and media in universities and further education colleges. The value of these  partnerships will also form a focus for the day.

The keynote speaker is Professor Mantz Yorke who will present issues that have arisen from the research he has undertaken on the student experience. Ian Lindsay, Academic Advisor HE in FE for the Higher Education Academy Subject Network will share with us why and how HE in FE staff can get involved in scholarly activity and how the Academy and its Subject Centres can help to facilitate this.

The objectives of the day are to:

  • Disseminate the findings of the project
  • Share good practice
  • Discuss the benefits of collaborative research in HE and HE in FE
  • Offer opportunities for sectoral discussion
  • Engage further with HE in FE
  • Continue to strengthen the links for all attendees




10.00    Registration and coffee

10.30    Welcome
              Dr Peter Marsh, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Bolton

    Keynote presentation – “Reading the (survey) runes: Students’ experience of Art & Design”
              Mantz Yorke - Visiting Professor, Lancaster University

   The 3Es Project  - presentation of findings and experience of collaborative research
              NW network group

11.45    Discussion groups led by project collaborative partners on aspects of the student experience project:

  • the teacher experience

  • the student experience

  • Developing networks and collaboration

12.45    Lunch and networking

13.30    Involving HE in FE staff in scholarly activity
              Ian Lindsay, Academic Advisor HE in FE, Higher Education Academy Subject Centres

14.00    Discussion groups led by project collaborative partners on the theme of collaborative research

3 collaborative workshops, each addressing the following points:

  • what do we need to make it work?
  • Development of supportive networks
  • What’s next for collaborative research


14.45    Tea

15.00    Feedback from discussion groups and plenary
              Panel to include keynote speaker and NW Network group members

15.30    Close


Powerpoint Presentations made at the event

Reports on the event by University of Bolton students:

Report by Laura Alexander, final year BA (Hons) Textile & Surface Design student

Report by Sarah Louise Redfern, final year BA (Hons) Fine Arts student

Report by Aymeelee Rothwell, final year BA (Hons) Design for Interiors student


Final Project Reports



The event is free of charge* for staff working within HE in the UK. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first served basis and will initially be limited to 3 places per institution to enable as many representatives from UK HEIs and FECs who deliver HE to attend as possible. Places are limited to 60.

*A £50 charge is applied for non-attendance if adequate notice is not given.

Please note: Registration is now closed.


Contact Name:
Jenny Embleton/Barbara Thomas
Contact Telephone:
01273 643119
Contact Email:

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