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The Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning were funded by HEFCE and ran from 2005-06 to 2009-10. The following CETLs were either wholly or partly related to Art Design and Media.

In 2009, ADM-HEA and GLAD organised an event and produced a publication consisting of research papers produced by these and other CETLs. More..


Bath Spa University

ArtsWork was a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Six high-specification labs for Broadcast, Design, English, Fashion & Textiles, Performing Arts, Music provided optimal environments in which new models of learning and teaching in the arts were defined, enabling staff to develop and students to enter the creative industries with a portfolio of skills created, developed and assessed in the context of today's marketplace.

Bath Spa University
Newton Park
Newton St Loe
Bath BA2 9BN

T: 01225 876310

InQbate, The Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Creativity

Universities of Brighton and Sussex

Creativity is perhaps the most prized human attribute and an essential element of the design process, so it is unsurprising that for centuries we have attempted to enhance and mimic these powers with technology. The InQbate CETL included within its remit utilising technology more effectively in the creative process, whether in the creative arts, design or every-day activities. Currently technology is most effective as a partner only when our ideas are already formed. Creative processes typically begin with less developed material and fuzzy notions of structure. The InQbate CETL enabled the further application of technology to creative problem-solving tasks.

School of Science and Technology
University of Sussex

Contact: Professor Peter Childs - Director
T: 01273 678793


The Centre for Employability through the Humanities (CETH)

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

ceth sought to develop Humanities graduates who are enterprising, entrepreneurial and employable. During the first two years of operation the cetl concentrated upon English, History and Film & Media, and afterwards starting to work more closely with colleagues in Design, Art and Fashion. Students study modules based in Realistic Work Environments including a publishing house, exhibition/ theatre space and a media production area, so gaining practical experience within the curriculum.  An incubator unit was created to support recent Humanities graduates starting out in business.

A new building ‘The Media Factory’ opened in September 2007 housing a suite of new learning spaces including Realistic Working Environments, fully equipped and flexible teaching rooms and specialist spaces such as an archive and collections room to facilitate the exploration of new teaching practices and Active Learning approaches.

University of Central Lancashire

Contact: David Bagley – Director
T: 01772 892250


The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP-CETL)

Bournemouth Media School

The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice continues to work with a range of industry and education partners to:
• Create different ways of accessing higher education;
• Transform student learning experiences;
• Produce graduates who will shape the future of the creative industries.
The Centre is outward-looking, open and inclusive. It is designed to have an impact across the sector and seeks to be an internationally-recognised leader in innovation and research in educational technology, curriculum design, and pedagogic method.

Bournemouth Media School
Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Poole BH12 5BB

T: 01202 965646

Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Through Design (CETLD)             

University of Brighton

The Centre offered opportunities for staff from across the partnership to build upon their experience, collective knowledge, skills and resources to enhance student learning, and develop staff research and scholarship. The CETLD aimed to develop, document and disseminate excellence and innovation in teaching and learning that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

Faculty of Arts and Architecture
University of Brighton
Grand Parade
Brighton BN2 0JY

T: 01273 642899

Centre for Excellence in Product and Automative Design (CEPAD)

University of Coventry

The Centre capitalised on its international profile in automotive design. Through the use of computer technonolgies it enabled design students to develop spatial intelligence within a culturally diverse and international context. Students created digital portfolios which were their passports to the community of practice of transport and product design. The Centre supported this through the creation of digital studios and networks. An international partnership provided professional engagement in project work and portfolio development. This was underpinned by pedagogic research into spatial awareness, 'communities of practice' theory and design intelligence. There was a further remit to examine curriculum internationalisation and collaborative design activity as seen from different cultural viewpoints.

Department of Industrial Design
University of Coventry
Priory Street
Coventry CV1 5FB

Contact: Dr Karen Bull - Director
T: 01247 688 8873

Centre for Professional Learning from the Workplace (PLW) 

University of Westminster

PLW encompassed learning for work, learning at work and learning through work. It prepared students for professional life using the knowledge, skills and attributes typically acquired in the workplace. It was also a key part of CPD for established professionals. PLW was thus important in lifelong learning, in maintaining professional standards and in individual and organisational development. Effective support of all participants, including workplace and university tutors, is central to student success in PLW. The Centre recognized that graduates in the creative industries commonly develop portfolio careers that include projects, contract work and self-employment. Student preparation includes work placements in conjunction with modules facilitating identification of professional skills and understanding of issues such as organisational structures, cultures and power relationships.

University of Westminster
309 Regent Street
London W1B 2UW
Contact: Sibyl Coldham - Director
T: 0207 911 5000 Extn.3666

Creative Learning in Practice (CLIP-CETL) 

London College of Fashion

The Centre was a joint partnership between the London College of Fashion and Chelsea College of Art and Design. It developed existing and new infrastructure. It supported project posts, bursaries, scholarships a student innovation scheme and the development of online learning packages and secondments to industry.

London College of Fashion
(Room 148)
20 John Princes Street

T: 0207 514 8723

Chelsea College of Art and Design
(Room AG08)
16 John Islip Street

T: 0207 514 2078

Non-ADM related CETLs with whom the ADM-HEA collaborated:

Higher Education Learning Partnerships Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (HELP-CETL)

University of Plymouth

The HELP CETL, based at the University of Plymouth, aimed to become the national exemplar of excellence in locally-based Higher Education in Further Education [HE in FE]. CETL funding enabled HELP to build on the excellent track record of the University of Plymouth [along with its regional Further Education College partners] in developing successful HE in FE partnerships and significantly widening participation while simultaneously maintaining high retention levels.

It further strengthened partnerships, enhanced the students' experience, supported a major expansion of provision and spread excellence both across its network and more widely through collaboration with other HE in FE consortia.

University of Plymouth
3 - 19 Endsleigh Place
Drake Circus
T: 01752 238653


LearnHigher - Excellence in Learning Development

Liverpool Hope University

LearnHigher was a partnership of 16 Universities and the Higher Education Academy. They were committed to improving student learning through practice led enquiry, building a research base to inform the effective use of Learning Development resources.

They were a network of expertise seeking to enhance professional practice and student learning, and build capacity both within the network and across the wider sector. The LearnHigher partnership had a large amount of diverse expertise.  Each of the 16 partner institutions was engaged in enquiry led practice which aimed to build a sound evidence base in learning development across a broad spectrum of learning areas that underpin activity across all academic subjects.

Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
L16 9jD

Contact: Jill Armstrong - Director

T: 0151 291 3289