Category: Staff Research

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 →

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 →

Continuing the conversation: remembering the work of John Berger

3 minute read Last month, the great critic, artist and writer John Berger died. Renowned for his Marxist ideologies, he was a public intellectual who we will miss hugely for his writing and radical, unafraid wisdoms that have challenged, provoked and inspired us. Rather than dwell on the many memorials and obituaries, we wanted, at Hereford College of Arts, to… 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 →