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ADM-HEA BULLETIN - week ending 20 March 2009

Date posted: 23/03/2009

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Looking Out Project: effective engagements with creative and cultural enterprise

Looking-Out is a major research project being undertaken by the Art Design Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as part of the government’s Creative Britain: New Talents for a New Economy strategy paper published in February, 2008.

As part of the research, the team have been collecting data from two short questionnaires:

  • The Heads of Department questionnaire is aimed at Art, Design and Media course leaders, department and school heads to provide data on the current extent of engagement with the Creative and Cultural industries.
  • The Teacher-practitioners questionnaire is aimed at those who divide their time between Higher Education and the Creative and Cultural industries.

Please note that the questionnaires are closing on Friday, 27 March 2009 so if you wish to contribute, please do so before then.

Copies of "Visual" publication available

Visual is the publication that arose from VISUAL: ADM-HEA Annual Forum 2007, which focused on visual analysis, communication and research.  Students, Chairs and Facilitators who attended the event were asked to report and reflect on what was discussed.  These and other reports and commentaries were drawn together in order to give a flavour of the breadth of the discussions.

We have a number of copies remaining, so please contact us at: if you would like us to send you a hard copy.



British Academy Overseas Conference Grants
Closing date: 30 April 2009

The British Academy invites applications for its overseas conference individual grants. These contribute to the travel expenses of UK scholars delivering a paper at a conference abroad.

·       Grants are available for advanced researchers, at postdoctoral or equivalent level, in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences.
·       Awards may be for up to £900 each.
·       Scholars may hold no more than one Overseas Conference Grant in any two year period.
·       Awards will not be made retrospectively: this means that the conference for which support is requested must not have commenced before the award is announced.

For further details and how to apply, please go to

Higher Education Academy Reviewers

Academy reviewers make a critical contribution to the work of the Academy. The Academy draw on the knowledge and expertise of a range of peer reviewers across the academic community. They highly value this crucial and important contribution in a number of areas of our work. Peer reviewing offers reviewers interesting professional development and an insight into work being undertaken across the sector.

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer please go to the Academy website:


SPACE: ADM-HEA Annual Forum 2009
Virtual SPACE - online forum 
29 April - 13 May 2009

Wales Millennium Centre Event
Friday, 8 May 2009

This year, the ADM-HEA Annual Forum, SPACE, will explore the theme of ‘learning spaces’ in art, design and media higher education, and will provide opportunities for both ‘virtual’ and ‘vital’ participation… 

Stephen Heppell, Professor of New Media Environments at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, will launch our online discussion forum, Virtual SPACE, with a video presentation on 29 April 2009. The online forum will provide opportunities for an unlimited number of participants to engage with, and share ideas about, the theme – as well as informing, and interacting with, subsequent discussion at our ‘Vital SPACE’ event at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff on 8 May 2009. There will be 100 places for participants at the WMC.

For more information:

Registration will be opening next week, please look out for the information which will be sent via email.



International Conference 2009 of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge
London Metropolitan University
Friday 19 June 2009

The conference aims to provide a forum for debate about methodology and methods for the inclusion and communication of knowledge in research and practice in the creative disciplines and practice-led disciplines. The need to be more explicit about research methods, frameworks, and methodologies has arisen from the increasing use of creative and professional practices as part of the practice of research in recent years. While research guidelines and regulations have been either generic enough, or were adjusted, to accommodate the use of some creative and professional practices under certain conditions, the debate about the nature, aims, validity, evaluation, and necessity of such research has continued.

With this conference, they wish to bring together people from different fields and disciplines with different approaches to address these issues. In this respect, they are delighted about the great response to our conference call with over 70  submissions from 23 countries! The great interest promises to make the conference a truly international event with challenging multi-vocal debates around the conference themes, and to facilitate exchange and cross-fertilization between the creative disciplines and other practice-led disciplines such as education and knowledge management.

PROF ANGIEE TITCHEN, Fontys University of Applied Science, NL
PROF JOHN ONIANS, Emeritus Professor in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia,

For further details, please visit the conference website:

6th annual Problem Based Learning ( PBL) summer  workshop
University of Leicester
13 – 15 July 2009

The workshop is run every year by academic staff from the University of Leicester. This year it is being hosted by Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland and delivered by the team from the University of Leicester.

The PBL summer workshop is not discipline-specific, and colleagues from the arts and social sciences will be welcomed along side those from the sciences , engineering, mathematics, IT, medical and health care fields. In recent years this event has welcomed participants from across the globe and across the disciplines which they hope this will continue this year.

For more information:
Higher Education Colloquium : The 21st Century University Graduate
The University of Edinburgh
Monday 11 May 2009

This colloquium provides an opportunity to explore new findings, insights and perspectives on the kinds of graduate attributes – or perhaps dispositions and qualities – that students might develop in 21st century higher education, and how universities might provide environments conducive for students to acquire these.

For further information:

Conference: Enabling students' voices to shape the curriculum
Leeds Metropolitan University
Thursday, 14 May 2009

This one day conference will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss how universities can meaningfully involve students in shaping the content and delivery of the curriculum. Contributing proactively both motivates students and enhances the curriculum. But how can we enable students to take an active role in the creation of the curriculum? And how can we encourage and equip staff to work cooperatively with students in the process?

Participants will be introduced to current work investigating the student voice in curriculum development; be able to share their own experiences in this area; can contribute relevant work in progress or tools and techniques to the  Try it out in 10 minutes! session; and will have opportunities to explore the potential of using the student voice in the development of the curriculum within their own contexts.

The day will include:
·     a presentation outlining issues and outcomes arising from the Hearing the Student Voice project investigating curriculum design and development
·     a keynote from Sally Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Metropolitan University
·     parallel workshops and posters showcasing relevant activities at different institutions throughout the country
·     interactive opportunities for participants including a Try it out in 10 minutes! session and a plenary discussion session
·     a student voices panel.

For more information please visit the conference website at:

Listening to Learners: Partnerships in Action
University of East London
22 April 2009

The ‘Student Voice’ agenda provides students and young people the opportunity to have a say in their world, to contribute to their community, and to better inform decisions that are made on their behalf. Students will ‘become more active participants in their education, including the evaluation of their own learning’ and this will impact positively on standards, behaviour and inclusion’ (DfES, 2003: ii, 3).

The conference will bring together practitioners, academics and policy makers from all parts of the UK involved in the sector. There will also be the opportunity to pose critical questions regarding the learner voice in education. The innovative conference programme includes keynote speakers, latest award winning research on learner voice, a panel discussion session, choice of workshops, plus presentations from learners.

This event is aimed at: Teachers & Lecturers, Aimhigher staff, Access practitioners, Funding & Research Councils, LEA staff, Policy makers, WP practitioners, Researchers, School liaison officers

Wes Streeting, NUS National President
Mick Waters, Director of Curriculum Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
Michael Fielding, Professor of Education at Institute of Education - University of London
Kathy Wright, University of East London
Pippa Lord, National Foundation for Educational Research
Gillian Mullis, Student Voice Co-ordinator - Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

For more information:
Tel: 020 8223 2828


Connected! Visions of transformative post-16 education
3rd annual international conference on technology supported learning
Staffordshire University
 1 June 2009

The conference explores the futurological landscape of post-16 education presented by emerging technologies, web 2.0 tools and thinking. It explores visions for the shape and structure of institutions and courses alike as the ‘power relationship’ between institutions, tutors and their students is irrevocably changed, requiring both organisations and tutors alike to become responsive, flexible, and above all, creatively connected.

Conference keynotes and presenters
Professor Christine King, Vice-Chancellor of  Staffordshire University, will open the conference 
Professor Gilly  Salmon 
Professor Norman Jackson 
Professor Mark Stiles 
Dr Sian Bayne 
Professor Oleg Liber  
Professor Tony  Toole 
Haydn  Blackey 

The conference will include live action research into the Policy Forest by Fred Garnett and Nigel Ecclesfield.

Conference Themes
• Creative cultures: Sustaining transformative organisational ecosystems in which creativity and flexibility flourish
• Learner-led models: Issues and new paradigms in course design and assessment
• Academic2.0? Evolving academic identity and practice

For registration and full details please visit the conference website at

For all other enquiries please contact Gill Marino
t: 01785 353298



Right Writing: Developing writing as a creative tool for learning

Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design (CLTAD)
New course starting 22nd April 2009

This course focuses on writing as a mean of empowering students and enhancing their learning experience. 

The course is designed for new and experienced art, design and media lecturers who wish to improve and develop the critical thinking of their students through exploring diverse styles of writing. The course is not intended to make you experts in teaching writing skills but rather to extend your repertoire of models of writing which will enhance the learning experience of your students. 

The course involves participating in one full day and one half day workshop and engaging in selected activities (the equivalent of two half day workshops) online.  You will be encouraged to experiment with different styles of writing and to share examples through Blackboard and in workshops. Writings could include: essays; reports; critiques; logs; journals; or reviews. A key expectation is that you adopt a critical and reflective approach throughout, thereby learning how to model differing methods of critical thinking and reflection for your peers. 

You will be expected to identify and evaluate one or two styles of writing you think are especially appropriate in your teaching and to prepare a 2,000 word critical reflection which will form the basis of a peer-assessed oral presentation in the final session. 

Course schedule The 1st meeting on 22nd April 2009 will be a day session.  This will be followed by a series of online meetings and tasks and a final afternoon face-to-face session. 

Course fees £250  Booking form

cltad, centre for learning and teaching in art and design, University of the Arts London
tel: 020 7514 9327


Image 2.0: Digital Media Futures
Interdisciplinary Conference
University College Falmouth
10 – 11 September 2009

Dead line for Proposals (250-500 words) has been extended to 14 April 2009
For more information:
Designs on eLearning Conference
2, 3 and 4 September 2009

Call for Abstracts: extension
The new deadline for the submission of abstracts is 24 April 2009

Please submit your abstract at

Robin Shaw
Conference Organiser
The University of the Arts London

Telephone: +44 [0]20 7514 8052
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