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Eliminating Inequalities: Staff and students working in partnership to tackle differential outcomes

Changing Mindsets Project Consortium Symposium, Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), February 2019

Vikki Hill, Educational Developer – Attainment (Identity and Cultural Experience), UAL

This symposium featured presentations of emerging findings from the quantitative and qualitative data collected so far across the project partnership, as well as presentations focused on the different approaches each of the four partner institutions has taken to enabling staff and students to work in partnership to tackle inequalities. A student panel discussion explored the question: “What should “working in partnership” look like in practice?” from the students’ perspectives.* 

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Left to right: Dr Mark Ingham; Elizabeth Staddon, TLE; Dr Katrine Hjelde; Elizabeth Peebles; Kelly Chorpening; Martin Newth & Prof Susan Orr, Dean of Learning Teaching and Enhancement.

UAL Teaching Scholars 2019 awards announced

Left to right: Dr Mark Ingham; Elizabeth Staddon, TLE; Dr Katrine Hjelde; Elizabeth Peebles; Kelly Chorpening; Martin Newth & Prof Susan Orr, Dean of Learning Teaching and Enhancement.

The Teaching and Learning Exchange (TLE) is delighted to announce our fifth group of UAL Teaching Scholars, along with three new Senior Teaching Scholars. Recipients received their awards from UAL Deputy Vice-Chancellor Simon Ofield-Kerr at the annual UAL Learning and Teaching Conference, held this year on 21 March at LCC.

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Meet two of our UAL Senior Teaching Scholars: Martin Newth and Dr Katrine Hjelde of Chelsea College of Arts

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L-R: Dr Mark Ingham, Dr Katrine Hjelde, Elizabeth Staddon, Prof Susan Orr, Martin Newth.

Dr Katrine Hjelde and Martin Newth were among those appointed UAL Teaching Scholars in 2017.  Having both successfully completed their projects and attained professional recognition as Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), they have now graduated to become permanent UAL Senior Teaching Scholars alongside Dr Mark Ingham of London College of Communication.

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coLAB meeting in Clermont Ferrand- collaboration to support refugees to train as teachers at LCC

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CoLAB Group photo (courtesy Clermont Auvergne University)

coLAB is a European Union and Council of Europe funded collaboration to promote inclusive practices in European academic institutions and to enhance understanding and respect towards refugees. At London College of Communication (LCC) coLAB offers teaching opportunities to refugees with expertise in Broadcasting, PR, Research and Journalism: seven participants are taking part this year.

In mid-January 2019 Siobhan Clay, Educational Developer in the Exchange, and Sophie Williams-Brown, International Development Officer at LCC, visited Clermont Auvergne University (UCA)  to represent LCC in a coLAB project meeting.

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New Team members joining the Exchange

The Teaching and Learning Exchange will be welcoming a number of new colleagues over the coming months to support various key projects that align with our institutional objectives.

Within Arts Education, Dr Rachel Marsden and Neil Currant have joined the academic programmes team, respectively as Lecturers in Practice-based Research and Thinking Teaching. We have created a new Attainment team, where Dr Clare Warner and Vikki Hill will be working together to lead and coordinate our work to eliminate our attainment differentials at UAL. They will be supported by our new Digital Resource Developer, Gemma Riggs. Last but not least, Alexandra Pitt will join as a new Educational Developer with a focus on our reward and recognition programmes.

Joining Digital Learning are Peter Beare as Digital Learning Coordinator and Darren Gash as Digital Learning Manager, supported by Hannah Hyde as Digital Learning Engagement Support.

And finally, we welcome Dr Emily Salines to UAL. Emily will join the AEM team and will be the LCC AEM Lead.

We’d also like to say a huge thank you and good luck to Dr Nick Addison, who retires at the end of January. We are very sorry to see Nick go, whose excellent teaching has touched many at UAL. We’ll miss his vast knowledge of arts education and warm, subversive presence, but we’re not sad because he’s off to enjoy painting and reading by the sea.

We look forward to introducing our new colleagues to you over the coming months. Please join us in making them all feel welcome at UAL.

New team Member Biographies

Dr Rachel Marsden – Lecturer in Practice-based Research
Rachel has joined the Academic Practice course team (replacing Nick Addison). Rachel is a lecturer, curator and arts writer, researching transcultural studies, cultural translation and curatorial practices in China and the Asia-Pacific. She is also focused on the development of practice-led/based (arts and curatorial) curricula towards “pedagogies of practice” and emerging cultural leadership.

Neil Currant – Lecturer, Thinking Teaching
Neil will be delivering the Thinking Teaching short course across UAL (replacing Vikki Hill). Neil is an extremely experienced educational developer who joins us from Oxford Brookes University, having previously worked at Salford and Bradford Universities. He is currently writing up his EdD, on Black and Minority Ethic student experiences of belonging, a study that he has developed through storytelling and critical race theory.

Dr Clare Warner – Educational Developer (Curriculum and Assessment)
Clare will be joining the UAL Attainment Team in March, from Westminster College where she is Coordinator and Lecturer in Teaching Training. Her courses recruit a diverse community of students who want to become teachers in FE and she is proud that the course she leads does not have an attainment gap. Clare has recently completed a PhD at Goldsmiths University. Her PhD thesis explores the experiences of African-Caribbean education practitioners/grassroots organisations applying to open Free schools in London. Clare has led a range of projects addressing attainment differentials across all areas of education from primary to university level. This work has been shared widely.

Vikki Hill – Educational Developer (Attainment – Identity and Cultural Experience)
Vikki joined UAL in 2016 as the lead for the OFS Catalyst funded Changing Mindsets Project. Deploying a range of diverse and creative approaches Vikki has ensured that this project has secured very strong student and staff engagement from across UAL. The website she developed ( to share this work is a testament to the ways that she deploys research informed creative approaches to address attainment differentials. Vikki has particular expertise in the area of supporting student and staff understanding of growth mindsets, implicit bias and stereotype threat, and has shared her work at a range of conferences and staff development events. Vikki is a practising artist and before working at UAL Vikki was programme team lead in art and design at Newham Sixth Form College.

Gemma Riggs – Digital Resource Developer: Attainment
Gemma will be working with colleagues in the Teaching and Learning Exchange to ensure that attainment enhancement resources are shared in a range of high quality and engaging digital formats. Gemma is currently a Visiting Lecturer at RCA and her creative portfolio displays a wide range of digital media and communication work including work created while she was working at LCF in her role as Network Research Facilitator. Gemma is a freelance film maker and has managed large scale international film projects.

Alexandra Pitt – Educational Developer (Reward and Recognition)
Alexandra will be joining the Arts Education team in April as an Educational Developer with a special focus on promoting reward and recognition for teaching staff. Key to her role will be developing UAL’s current HEA accredited CPD scheme to support more staff to attain Fellowship. Alexandra will be joining UAL from Middlesex University, where she is currently a Senior Lecturer. She has been teaching in higher education for twenty years and brings a wealth of experience to her role. Her educational background spans English Language Teaching and Linguistics, Art History and Creative Writing, and she has plenty of ideas about using a variety of writing techniques to reflect on professional practice.

Peter Beare – Digital Learning Coordinator
Peter joins us from London Met University where he has been supporting the use of their Digital Learning platforms, including Moodle. He has a background in media production which includes lecturing in the subject. Peter will be working on defining and supporting effective practice in Digital Learning as well as contributing to staff development.

Darren Gash – Digital Learning Manager
Darren joins us from Surrey University where he has been leading on the development of staff digital competencies and pedagogical insight across the institution. He has a background in TEL and in leading creative media degrees. Darren will be focusing on expanding our Digital Learning staff development offer and the strategic development of Digital Learning practices.

Hannah Hyde – Digital Learning Engagement Support
Hannah joins us from the commercial sector where she works in PR and marketing. She will be focusing on engaging UAL staff with our Digital Learning offer, keeping our online presence fresh and supporting events and workshops.

Dr Emily Salines – Academic Enhancement Model (AEM) Project – LCC Lead
Emily joins us from Greenwich University where she was a Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching. Emily has been leading on a range of cross university enhancement projects. For example, she has been leading an assessment enhancement project at Greenwich as well as offering cross university support in the area of curriculum design. This work links to the work that Greenwich are doing as part of their Catalyst funded OFS funded Attainment Project. Emily is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and her PhD is in French and Comparative Literature.


Teaching and Learning Fund 2019: Awards Announced

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Image courtesy of UAL

The Exchange is delighted to announce the projects which have been successful in this year’s funding round. We had a range of excellent applications, covering topics as diverse as teaching ethics, virtual reality in the classroom, how to sew, and social media and marketing for Fine Art professionals. The outcomes will also vary, from classroom and workshop projects to online resources and podcasts.  All the chosen projects will make significant and innovative contributions to teaching and learning at UAL.

We had to make some tough decisions, but are very pleased that £50,000 has been awarded across 17 selected projects.  Thanks to everyone who submitted an application. Congratulations to all those chosen, and we look forward to hearing about your work over the next year.

  Project Lead Project Title College Category
1 Charlie Abbott Whose History? CCW: Camberwell Curious, Creative Curricula
2 Emma Lacey The Ethics of Participation: Collaboration with Central Saint Martins and The British Ceramics Biennial CSM Curious, Creative Curricula
3 Sinead Evans Re-Illustrating Histories and Voices: through co-created teaching resources CCW: Camberwell Curious, Creative Curricula
4 Claire McCormack and Chris Roberts Let’s meet at the wobbly bridge. CSM/CCW Curious, Creative Curricula
5 Silke Lange and Rebecca Ross Co-creating Learning Tools for Incorporating Practical Ethics into Higher Education in Design CSM Curious, Creative Curricula
6 Tim Meara and Lucy Alexander Bauhaus 100 – Unser Haus CSM Curious, Creative Curricula
7 Anne Eggebert Workshops as a model of practice explored in the primary and secondary sector CSM Curious, Creative Curricula
8 Marco Eastwood Building Effective Interactive Instructional Videos for Technical Inductions LCC Digital Learning
9 Anne-Marie Creamer The UAL DPS Support Centre CSM Digital Learning
10 Hywel Davies How to Sew: Instructive and inclusive digital resources CSM Digital Learning
11 Judy Willcocks Embodied Virtualities: Exploring VR for Creating, Curating and Conservation CSM Digital Learning
12 Chris Follows Socially Engaged Digital Practice CCW Digital Learning
13 Oonagh O’Hagan and Nichol Keene FOUNDATIONS – a podcast series to answer all the questions you have at the end of class. CSM Digital Learning
14 Elizabeth Peebles Podcast: [Critical Conversations] CCW: Chelsea Digital Learning
15 Peter Maloney and Cyril Shing Learning the Virtual and Learning Virtually: A small scale exploration of learning and teaching with and for Virtual Reality technology for curriculum development in Interior and Spatial Design CCW: Chelsea Digital Learning
16 Geraint Evans and Jordan McKenzie On (The) Cloud Nine – Innovative social media and marketing strategies for Fine Art Professionals CCW: Wimbledon Employability and Enterprise
17 Carla Sorrell Industry Showcase: Product & Ceramic Design CSM Employability and Enterprise

Decolonising the Arts Curriculum, one college at a time…

Artwork courtesy of Disha Deshpande

Since the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum zine was launched back in June, it has helped to open up numerous channels of productive discussion across UAL and the sector. It featured at the Changing Mindsets Conference at the University of Portsmouth, University of East London’s  Teaching and Learning Symposium and UAL Academic Leader’s Forum, and acted as a conversation starter at the UAL Attainment Conference, organized by the Teaching and Learning Exchange.

Much of these discussions centre around themes captured in the zine, the main one being the curriculum – what it constitutes and how specific course curricula relate to the institution as a whole, moving beyond reading lists to consider decolonisation of wider systems and structures influencing what is taught. The other recurring theme is the persistent underrepresentation of academics and students of colour in the arts academy.

Aside from sparking discussion, the zine is also influencing the development of decolonised arts research which is connecting creative practices and pedagogies. As decolonisation grabs the attention of so many and securing support from the institution, we are mindful of something one of the zine contributors state in their essay, a caution to be ‘watchful of ‘decolonisation’ not turning into another trend, but a form of criticality to shake the very group on which UAL stands’ (M.F. 2018, p.17).

Image credit: Crudo Volta & Tommaso Cassinis

Our next step is to open up more spaces for such criticality, with a series of exhibitions and events across the UAL colleges through 2018-19. The Teaching and Learning Exchange are continuing to work in collaboration with the Arts Student Union on developing and facilitating this programme, plus new collaborations with academics, students and librarians at each college to explore decolonization at a more local and disciplinary level.

The series kicks off at the London College of Communication from 4-31 October, with an exhibition in the main Library space and across vitrines in the canteen and Typo café, complimenting other events being organized by the Arts Student Union for Black History Month. Students and staff are invited to attend events on Thursday evenings through October from 5-7pm, in which they will hear recitals from Zine #1 contributors, discussions about decolonising the LCC locale and disciplines, and finally to participate in a critical production event exploring ‘the zine as decoloniser’.

This will be followed by exhibitions and events across the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges from November to January, then London College of Fashion in the spring and Central Saint Martins in the summer for the anticipated launch of Zine #2. The exhibitions, events and production of Zine #2 intend to sustain such criticality and to continue prompting the ‘opening up of creative spaces to facilitate the production of culture informed by indigenous thinking and doing’ (Singh 2018, p.1).

Read the Zine and find out how you can participate by visiting:

Lucy Panesar and Rahul Patel


Dr Bonnie Stewart: UAL’s first online Visiting Fellow

Dr Stewart will bring her expertise in digital scholarship and online education to the university via the Teaching and Learning Exchange. Based in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, Bonnie will lead open seminars and expert consultation as part of her fellowship.

Dr Stewart recently helped to design and run the ‘Engagement in a Time of Polarisation’ MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) in the ‘edX’ platform founded by Harvard University. She is well known internationally for her work on open and equitable teaching practice online, and for exploring the intersections of Twitter and scholarship.

There will be opportunities to hear Dr Stewart speak with plenty of Q&A time as part of an online seminar series on Digital Learning and Digital Culture. Dr Stewart will also be advising on the development of Open Practice Teaching principles as UAL continues to explore taking creative teaching and making online.

Welcoming the appointment, UAL Head of Digital Learning David White said: “I’m delighted that we have appointed Dr Bonnie Stewart as our first online Visiting Fellow. She will help UAL to develop its open and inclusive educational practices as we continue to extend our teaching and learning into online spaces.”

Plans are still in the early stages but if you are interested in connecting with Dr Stewart then please get in touch with David White.

CALLING UNDERGRADUATE COURSE LEADERS – Invitation to participate in a national research project

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The role of the course leader

Elizabeth Staddon of the Teaching and Learning Exchange is currently engaged in a cross-institutional study focussing on the role of the course leader.

Recognising the significance of this role to institutions and their students, the research team will be exploring and making recommendations about how the course leader role is allocated and defined by universities, the range of activities course leaders do and should undertake, and associated professional development needs and support.

Call for participants

We are looking for participants who lead undergraduate degree programmes at UAL to take part in one or more of the following:

  • Focus group interviews with other course leaders at UAL
  • Periodic short online surveys to capture your role-related activities and any developmental needs as experienced, and/or
  • (Brief) one-to-one telephone interviews

Update 25/9/18:

Thank you to everyone who has applied to take part so far, it is very much appreciated.

Please do continue to get in touch if you would like to get involved: we are particularly interested in hearing from new or recently appointed Course Leaders.

Get involved!

Please contact Annika Coughlin at UCL, Institute of Education, London:  if you are interested in taking part in any aspect of this study.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the research, confidentiality, anonymity and your right to withdraw from the study.

Thank you in advance for your contributions, and do stay tuned: we will of course share the results of this research with all of you in due course.