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Creative Learning and Teaching Seminar

National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
25 November 2010 11:30 - 26 November 2010 14:00

This seminar, hosted by the University of Sunderland, aimed to provide a forum for all those interested in creative art design and media education to come together and explore the issues and challenges faced by students, practitioners and educators.

The seminar ran from 11.30 on 25 November to, and including lunch, on 26 November.

View from National Glass Centre window

View from National Glass Centre, drawing by Derrick Welsh, Drawing Fellow, Wimbledon College of Art

Click on image above to access the presentations from the seminar


Graeme Thompson, Dean Faculty of Arts, Design & Media, University of Sunderland
Dr Tim Brennan, Head of Department, Arts & Design, University of Sunderland


Steve Besley, Head of Policy at Edexcel and author of Edexcel's Policy Watch. Steve, a charismatic speaker, will speak about the educational landscape under to coalition government, post the Browne Review and Comprehensive Spending Review.

Professor Kevin Petrie, Professor of Glass and Ceramics, University of Sunderland

Professor David Vaughan, Higher Education Advisor/Developer


Jake Abrams, Principal Lectururer in Illustration and Animation, Kingston University

Dr Sarah Atkinson, Course Leader FdA Broadcast Media, University of Brighton

Simon Bell, Senior Lecturer, Design and Visual Arts, Coventry School of Art and Design

Dr Bernadette Blair, Academic Director & Reader in Studio-Based L&T, Kingston University

Chris Carbin and Richard Jackson, iHelp, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Dr Peter Day, Senior Lecturer Photography, with Jonathan Rhodes, Blended Learning Advisor, University of Wolverhampton

Trevor Harris, Lecturer in Interactive Media, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Polly Hunter, Yesomi Umolu and Bethany Wells, Department 21, Royal College of Art

Leanne Manfredi, Programme Manager: HE and Creative Industries, V&A

Dr Natasha Mayo, Lecturer in Ceramics, Cardiff School of Art and Design

Dr Alison Shreeve, Head of School, Design Craft and Visual Arts, Buckinghamshire New University

Ellen Sims, Learning and Teaching Coordinator, University of the Arts London

Richard Sober, Associate Teaching Fellow, University of Teesside


Day one: Thursday, 25 November 2010

11.30    Registration and coffee    
12.00    Welcome and introduction   
             Professor Julie Mennell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Sunderland
12.15    Keynote presentation   
             Professor David Vaughan
             “I can’t believe it’s not better”: The Paradox of NSS scores for Art & Design
13.00    Lunch   
14.00    Parallel Sessions

             Parallel Session 1

             Department 21
             Polly Hunter, Yesomi Umolu and Bethany Wells, Royal College of Art
             Richard Jackson and Chris Carbin, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

             Parallel Session 2    

             Interactive resource for Media Professionals and Academics Collaborating in Teaching
             Sarah Atkinson, University of Brighton  

             How to make a firing squad less scary?
             Peter Day and Jonathan Rhodes, University of Wolverhampton

             Parallel Session 3   
             Any Colour as long as It's Blackboard
             Jake Abrams, Kingston University

             Creativity and Student Support: A Visual Approach to Peer Mentoring
             Richard Sober, University of Teesside
             Parallel Session 4  
             An Examination of student formative assessment and feedback & its relationship to learning
             outcomes and the student learning experiences

             Bernadette Blair, Kingston University

             What is said and what is meant? Giving written feedback
             Ellen Sims, University of the Arts London
15.30    Afternoon tea   

16.00    Feedback from Parallel Sessions   
16.30    Keynote Presentation   
             Professor Kevin Petrie
             Blending subjects and the enhancement of postgraduate teaching in glass and ceramics   
17.15    Tour of National Glass Centre / demonstrations    
18.30     Drinks reception    

Day two: Friday, 26 November 2010

 9.30     Registration and coffee      

10.00    Keynote   
             Steve Besley, Head of Policy (UK and international) at Pearson
10.45    Coffee   
11.15    Parallel Sessions

             Parallel Session 5   

             Museum and University Collaborations: The V&A working in partnership with Universities
             Leanne Manfredi, V&A Museum

             Researching Learning And Teaching In Art And Design
             Alison Shreeve, Bucks New University
            Parallel Session 6   
            A productive relationship or just close friends? The creative industries and higher education
            in Wales

            Trevor Harris, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
            Making the Creative Process Visible
            Natasha Mayo, Cardiff School of Art and Design
            Parallel Session 7 (workshop)   
            Short text good because long text too good
            Simon Bell, Coventry School of Art and Design
12.45    Feedback from parallel sessions and plenary of event  
13.15    Lunch   
14.00    Close    
Download a copy of the full programme, including abstracts and biographies

The University of Sunderland is a centre of excellence in glass, architectural glass and ceramics and this two-day symposium will be held at the renowned National Glass Centre. There will be a unique opportunity to explore the glass studios, watch demonstrations in the techniques used in glass making.


Contact Name:
Carolyn Bew / Jenny Embleton
Contact Telephone:
01273 643119
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