Category: Scholarship

What is Creativity? Less-formal audiovisual event

What is Creativity? Can we measure this, or is it something unique to the individual? During our audio-visual ‘open’ event yesterday we considered this issue in the light of ideas presented during the 2013 ‘Horizon’ documentary; The Creative Brain.   The programme considers creativity in terms of ‘moments of insight’ and ‘divergent thinking’. It presents research that questions  how we… Read more →

Culture, conversation and character: discussing Perry’s Reith Lectures

Huge thanks to the 12 students and staff who joined us for conversations based around Grayson Perry’s ‘Reith Lecture’: Nice Rebellion, Welcome in. I love how the Research Room space transforms (with the help of Oliver Cameron-Swan) into a movie theatre at a moment’s notice. For this informal event we weren’t, strictly speaking, watching, but instead were listening to the… Read more →

Learning Gain with Ravensbourne

3 ½ minute read We were delighted to welcome delegates from Ravensbourne college to Hereford College of Arts on the 31st January. The visit was to share some very recent research on Learning Gain with us and discuss some of the findings. Ravensbourne are a lead college in this HEFCE-funded project and, like us, a specialist arts college so their… Read more →

Scholarship and teaching excellence in College-based Higher education

4 1/2 minute read   “The learning environment is enriched by student exposure to and involvement in provision at the forefront of scholarship, research and professional practice.” (TEF assessment criteria LE2)   It would be easy to interpret this assessment criteria as a reference to Boyer’s ‘Scholarship of Knowledge’ and for more vocational college-based HE providers to rely on their… Read more →

The power of ingenuity: animating with Aardman

4.5 minute read   Just before Christmas, I caught up with Mark Woods, animator, and lecturer at Hereford College of Arts. Mark was kind enough to agree to be interviewed about his recent visit to Aardman Studios, where he was part of a small team of lecturer/tutors involved in three days of workshop/training sessions around their professional and teaching practice.… Read more →

Scholarly Practice and Audiovisual in Education: Learning on Screen

3 1/2 minute read I have often thought about the potential power of the audiovisual essay and how this might support students in creating links between practice and theory. However, I have never had the extraordinary potentialities of the medium pointed out to me in a clear way before watching Catherine Grant’s work at a recent Learning on Screen event: Audiovisual… Read more →

Sharing scholarship at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s collaborative partner conference

4 minute read It is always lovely to be invited to present our work within The Scholarship Project, and the opportunity afforded at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s annual collaborative partner conference was no exception. The relationship between a college and its awarding body is something I know the project finds interesting and I would argue that value… Read more →

Creative Tea #2: A conference, short films and a book

4 minute read Thanks enormously to all those who attended the creative tea last week. It was a cold, gloomy November night that was brightened up by Holland’s ‘Fika’.    The focus of the tea was on ideas of knowledge-exchange, and the strands I drew from the meeting were ideas of knowledge-exchange as process, the live moment  and the validation of… Read more →

A move beyond the happy accident – exploring innovation at the Make:Shift conference

21/2 minute read Last week I was lucky enough to catch up with James Smith, our contemporary design crafts B.A (Hons) Course Area Leader. We discussed his recent visit to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry to attend the Crafts Council’s Make:Shift conference 2017. James mentioned the work of the 2014 conference as exploring innovations in approach to Crafts practice… Read more →

Creative Tea – investigating ideas of practice-led research

3 min read   Huge thanks to colleagues at HCA who, despite a tiring days teaching, came to our ‘Creative Tea’ on Tuesday night. Huge shout-outs to James and Clair; arriving slightly late but both had taught from 9.00 onwards, collaborating with a range of partners in an exciting collaboration that celebrates and investigates twenty-first-century responses to the ‘Mappa Mundi’, Hereford’s famous… Read more →