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National Arts Student Summit

Sheffield Hallam University Students’ Union, The HUBS, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2QQ
7 April 2010 12:00 - 8 April 2010 16:00

This event has unfortunately been postponed due to the rail strikes
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The first National Arts Student Summit offers a platform for the student voice, an opportunity to engage with fundament issues and concerns that relate to the student learning experience. They welcome delegates who are Officers, Course or Faculty level representatives from both specialist institutions and those with Arts courses within a broader range of subjects.

The Summit will enable focused student-driven discussion leading to a strategic vision for an arts education in the 21-century and the creative industries.

Further and higher education have seen significant changes in both policy and practice over recent years. The student experience has moved centre stage and has become an important area for research and debate. But just as no institution can be regarded as typical, there is no such thing as a typical student whose experience can represent the whole.

In particular, students differ in the subjects they study, the curricula they follow, and the types of assessment they undergo. And while the National Student Survey and the DIUS Student Parliament can raise some general issues, they are necessarily broad in scope and cannot adapt to any subject-specific concerns raised by students themselves. Similarly, while initiatives at institutional level are useful and allow more detailed student input and feedback, they are limited in effect and tend to have little impact at a broader strategic level.

The National Arts Student Summit is designed to address all these concerns; combining focused student-driven discussion with a strategic vision for the increasingly important creative industries. The aim is to move away from student satisfaction surveys and detailed institution-based curriculums concerns, and to develop and deliver policies and materials of genuine value to students and recent graduates, as well as to the art, design and media sector as a whole. 

The event will take the form of presentations, workshops and facilitated discussions which will address the two over-arching strands of:

  • An Arts Education, Policies and Innovation
  • Creative Industries and University Collaboration Opportunities, Barriers and Solutions

Provisional Programme

Day 1

An Arts Education, Policies and Innovation 

1.00 – 1.30  Coffee and registration
1.30 – 1.45   Kit Friend Chair of The Arts Group, 

Welcome and introduction
1.45 – 2.15  Professor Maureen Wayman OBE “Delivering the Dream”

2.15 – 2.45  Ian Thompson, University of the Arts London and the Sorrell Foundation, ‘Developing personal and professional skills through design partnerships with schools’
2.45 – 3.00  Questions from the floor to the speakers

3.00 – 3.15  Coffee
3.15 – 4.45  Facilitated Group Discussions

Day 2

Creative Industries and University Collaboration Opportunities, Barriers and Solutions

  9.30 – 10.00  Coffee and registration
10.00 – 10.30  Steve Besley, Head of Education Policy Edexcel, speaks on the wider education landscape and what we should prepare for.
10.30 – 11.00  Marcus Mason, Development Officer, ‘New Deal of the Mind’ 
11.00 – 11.30  Coffee
11.30 – 12.45  Workshops

12.45 –   1.45  lunch
  1.45 –   2.00  Mark Crawley, National Arts Learning Network “Response and Responsibility”  
  2.00 -   2.20  Leanne Manfredi, Victoria & Albert Museum
  2.20 –   3.00  Facilitators – report back and discussion
  3.00 –   3.20  Tea Break
  3.20 -   3.45  Plenary and ways forward
  3.45               Closing remarks


To register for this event please go to:

To find out more about The Arts Group please go to:

Contact Name:
Kit Friend
Contact Email:

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