Category: Student research

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 →

RAISE 17: discussing student engagement

Engagement. It’s one of those contested words that can be interpreted in so many ways. Participation, taking part, sharing, association, involvement. It’s certainly a multi-dimensional idea, and the opportunity to participate (engage) in meaningful critical debate as part of a wider conversation around ‘student engagement’ is important. From my perspective, a range of voices was one of the delights of… 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 →

The Scholarship of Illustration: visually interpreting complex narratives

Illustration plays an important role in 21st century storytelling, and working with writers and poets on ‘live’ briefs is just one aspect of student scholarship at Hereford College of Arts. Below, illustration course leader Neil Hadfield explains the recent cross-college and external collaborations with author Nicola Davies. These opportunities are part of the scholarships of teaching and learning and application;… 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 →

Conversations, collaborations and Student Scholarship

Student scholarship in the arts college context pops up in all kinds of spaces, and this one was found in the Fine Art department’s ‘project space’. Becky Sumpter is a final year student on HCA’s Fine Art B.A. (Hons) course, where all students complete a piece of independent practice-led-research alongside the traditional dissertation. Becky’s rationale for her project states that… Read more →

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 →

Academic Reading Workshops : exploring purpose and process

  Huge thanks to the students who joined Fenella and myself on Monday 20th and 27th February to discuss purpose and process when we read academic texts.   The project involves use of an academic reading strategy that Fenella, a specialist lecturer, produced as part of her post-graduate portfolio of work. The strategy breaks down the processes a ‘skilled reader’… 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 →