Visiting Professors join UAL to support transformative education

Visiting Professors_UAL2015The Teaching and Learning Exchange are delighted to announce the appointment of two prestigious Visiting Professors to support our work on transformative education: Professor Sue Clegg, Emeritus Professor at Leeds Beckett University, and Professor Alison Shreeve, Emeritus Professor at Buckingham New University.

Alison and Sue will be joining the Exchange team for an informal afternoon tea on Thursday 03 December 15:30-17:00, HH705, 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY.  This event is open to colleagues across UAL but RSVP is required as places are limited.  Please email Kathryn Dwyer to book your place.

Professor Susan Orr, Dean of Learning and Teaching Enhancement commented:

I am delighted that Professor Shreeve and Professor Clegg are joining the Teaching and Learning Exchange. They bring a wealth of complementary research expertise to UAL. Good teaching is not just about learning new teaching skills – it is about ideas and research. If we want to offer a transformatory learning experience to our students we also need to look at our transformation as creative educators. Professor Shreeve and Professor Clegg will support our educational scholarship and research and I look forward to fruitful collaboration.

The visiting professors will contribute to UAL’s research fortnight next March (dates tbc) and work with the Exchange to establish a mentoring scheme for researchers in the field of pedagogy and higher education. Details about the application and selection process for the mentoring scheme will follow later this term. We asked Alison and Sue for a few words about their new roles:

I am thrilled and honoured that UAL has appointed me as a visiting professor. I look forward to meeting old friends and making new ones to develop and share knowledge about creative learning and teaching. The growing scholarship in this area is becoming significant to a wider audience and UAL , as the largest arts university, should be at the fore in developing and theorising our practice. I know there are innovative and exciting teachers at the university and we can all learn with them and from our students to ensure good practice is analysed and shared.
– Professor Alison Shreeve

I am thrilled to be joining UAL as a Visiting Professor and to be contributing to the development of research into higher education in this unique context. Researching higher education creative practice is important and I believe the rest of the sector has much to learn from studio based pedagogies and the close dove-tailing of curricula with industry partners and clients. My research has involved working with students and academics across many disciplines and I am particularly interested in the development of professional courses. My research is informed by my commitment to diversity in all its forms. I believe that students from all backgrounds should have access to the best that higher education can offer and that students should have opportunities to flourish and be successful. My delight in joining you is informed by my knowledge that I have much to learn from you and I look forward to working in close collaboration with colleagues from across the colleges.
– Professor Sue Clegg

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