Category: Staff Research

Co-designed, collaborative scholarship

  Yesterday afternoon we held our first re_fabricate session here at HCA (in a photography studio that worked as a physical space that was neither a lecture theatre, nor a workshop. It was the perfect space to try something new, with a group of people who hadn’t all met before, and a core planning team that included staff, students, alumni… Read more →

Creative tea; naming re_fabricate

It begins… Two weeks ago we held a ‘Creative tea’ session to get an idea of what people might want to get out of (and name) a new kind of teaching and learning space we are piloting at HCA. Thanks to all who participated and shared their ideas. Victoria Powell, (Critical Studies Lecturer at Hereford College of Arts) and Sarah… Read more →

Ferrous 2017: Scholarship and socially engaged practice

Last weekend, students and staff from the Artist Blacksmithing BA (Hons) course at Hereford College of Arts (HCA) collaborated with a range of partners and international blacksmiths to create Ferrous2017, our first ever Blacksmithing Festival. At the heart of the weekend was the co-construction and creation of an arbour for St Michael’s Hospice. The arbour (you can see it in… Read more →

HE Symposium Part 2: Laura Ritchie

I’ve split the posts around the HCA HE Symposium last Wednesday as there has been a great deal to reflect on, around scholarship, the particular teaching practices of creative, skills-based education – and I don’t want to start writing over-long blog entries. To recap, we looked at the value of a creative education, with help from guests Laura Ritchie (@Laura_RItchie)… Read more →

Festival of Practice 2017

Huge thanks to the delegates, presenters, and the amazing cooking of Holland Otik which made the first HCA Festival of Practice such a success on the 18th July.  The aim of the festival was to create a less-formal scholarly space which enabled discussion around practice (pedagogic or discipline-specific).  For those unfamiliar with the term, ‘practice’ is, in a sense, the ‘discipline’… Read more →

Scholarship in action at the AoC HE Research and Scholarship Conference

Huge thanks to the AoC Create team for organising what promises to be a game-changing articulation of scholarship and scholarly practices in the CBHE sector on Tuesday.   This was a busy conference, with many different strands and articulations of practice across the sector. The depth and range of presentations reflect the diversity of CBHE, and its various incarnations from… Read more →

Creative Lunch: Reading Walter Benjamin

  Huge thanks to colleague Sebastian Truskolaski, who led a session this lunchtime around an extract from Walter Benjamin’s work, ‘Berlin Childhood around 1900’. The passage we considered together was that on ‘Colors’. If you’re interested in reading this, you can download the extract using the link at the bottom of the page.   Sebastian is expert in this area, having… Read more →

Part of the conversation at #porousuni

One of the issues of having our communications mediated by digital devices is that they can feel overly formalised or institutionalised. Events that (face-to-face) we accept as a necessary part of human interaction (the spilt tea, the late train which causes half the parties at a meeting to be late) we can react to differently in the digital domain, where… Read more →

From reflection to rule-breaking at Wales NEXUS 17

This Wednesday, the University of Wales Trinity St David’s (UWTSD) annual conference began with an intriguing activity from Dr Colin Jones, enterprise educator from Australia. Demonstrating the concept of affordable loss, we paired up to toss coins, slowly paring down the ‘winners’ of the toss until one person ‘won’. His central point here wasn’t about the perils of gambling, but… Read more →

Opening up the conversation: when external experts share practice and research

Thanks to Neil Hadfield, the leader of our BA (Hons) Illustration course, who invited Dr. Peter Wakelin and Clive Hicks-Jenkins to HCA last week. This was one of the most interesting events I’ve participated in this year. Peter’s talk took us on a fast-paced journey through Welsh landscape painting, with a focus on the romantic and neo-romantic movements and how… Read more →