2016 Conference Workshops

Associate Professor Samantha Elliott

‘Kingston University and the Women’s Institute (WI), celebrating 100 years of craft’

Samantha Elliott is Associate Professor at Kingston University and has also taught at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London, her interests in pedagogy lie in collaborative working and assessment practices. She has extensive experience in knitted fashion design, having run her own international accessories label and worked with both up-and-coming designers and long-established brands to realize knitted garments. She is a published author most recently with ‘Knit, innovations in Fashion Art and Design’ published by Laurence King.

Roba Shaheen

‘How can interior design educators foster student’s creativity?

Roba Shaheen obtained her bachelor’s degree in interior design, then worked as a Freelancer interior designer for two years. She has since held an academic position as an educator at King Abdul-Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her goal is to develop the interior design profession by developing interior design pedagogy (both theory and practice). Accordingly, she is currently undertaking PhD research at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, into interior design education in UK HEIs. Roba’s vision is to reform interior design education in order to graduate creative thinkers who can use their personal abilities to respond flexibly to the social demands and issues of the future. Her motto is “every student has something precious to give”.

Dr Rebecca Thomas and Dr Stefanie Schmeer

‘The Student Photographer as Communicating Citizen: Engaging with Race in Tottenham Town Centre’

Rebecca is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Photography at the University of Hertfordshire. She is currently Studies Abroad Tutor and is also responsible for co-ordinating Learning and Teaching across Creative Arts. Rebecca studied Fine Art at Central St Martin’s, London, and remains a practicing artist. She has a Doctorate in Fine Art Practice from The University of East London and has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership at Hertfordshire. Her research interests include cultural diversity, and in pictorial depictions of Otherness

Stefanie is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology and Associate Dean for Academic Quality Assurance in the School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire. She completed her undergraduate degree and PhD at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany and returned to work in the UK after first coming as an ERASMUS exchange student to the University of Manchester. Her research interests include stereotype learning, stereotype suppression effects and culture and acculturation.

Assistant Professor Rabeya Jalil

‘Art Practice as a Multi-Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Tool for Research’

Rabeya Jalil is an art educator and visual artist based in Lahore, Pakistan. She works as an Assistant Professor at the Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore. Jalil did her undergraduate studies in Fine Art from the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore in 2005. In 2013, Jalil completed her Masters in Art and Art Education (Ed.M.) from Columbia University, Teachers College in New York on a Fulbright Scholarship. Jalil has exhibited her work in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, India, U. A. E., U.S.A, Spain and Portugal. Her visual art practice includes mixed-media paintings and code animations. Her art education/ research practice involves working with school art teachers, children with special needs, and individuals from low-income family backgrounds and culturally diverse populations. She works to highlight children’s marginalized experiences of cities through Bachon se Tabdili, a creative education initiative. Jalil has presented papers at (Art Education and Printmaking) conferences in Lahore, New York, Fort Worth (Texas), San Diego and St. Louis (Missouri) and has published her work nationally and internationally.

Lisa Webb and Philip Perry

‘Enriching student experience: Online technologies as culturally neutral spaces for international discourses’

Philip Perry is a Senior Lecturer and the Level 3 Tutor on Coventry University’s BA (Hons) Graphic Design course. He has been teaching for sixteen years and has worked extensively on international projects, developing online teaching strategies to organise and manage exchange programme assignments wth UK-based and China-based students.  

Lisa Webb is a Senior Lecturer and Course Tutor for Graphic Design at Coventry University. Lisa has extensive experience teaching across u/g and postgraduate levels and disciplines within art and design. Following an award for Teaching Excellence she undertook a three year secondment as a Teaching Development Fellow and was instrumental in developing the School’s PDP strategy which was conceived in partnership with another Teaching Fellow to support the University’s Employability and Enterprise strategy. This work practically informs the current curriculum across many courses in FAH, at all levels and feeds directly into the employability and internationalisation agenda.

Lisa Webb

‘Enriching student experience and teaching practice with industry led live projects’

Associate Professor Nicola Crea

‘Next future development of design education’

1982 ACCD graduate, he worked for the automotive and the boat industry for Pininfarina, I.DE.A., Fiat, Mercedes-Benz, Giannini Automobili, Victory design, Majestic Auto. From 1999 he taught at Pescara (until 2007), Genova (Strategic Design 2005-2010) and Milano, and organises and manages a centre of studies for sustainable mobility. In 2007 he became coordinator of Tulton Design and associate professor at Politecnico di Milano where he holds a management role of TAM (Master in Automotive Design). He has been a partner of Milano cardesign (2009-2012). His activity includes consultancies and worldwide projects on design education. He spent 2014 at the University of Cincinnati. Presently, he is Automotive and Transport Design Course Director at Coventry University.

Marty Maxwell Lane and Rebecca Tegtmeyer

‘COLLAB: DESIGN ED – Collaborations in Design Education’

Marty Maxwell Lane is a graphic design educator, maker, researcher and writer. Her research is currently focused on design pedagogy and collaboration. Marty served as a regular writing contributor to the design magazine Parse (subsidiary of  How magazine). Her work has been published in books such as Failing Forward and Type Rules! The Designer’s Guide to Professional Typography, as well as in academic journals and magazines. She currently currently serves on the national AIGA Design Educators Steering Committee and teaches graphic design at The University of Arkansas.

Rebecca Tegtmeyer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University in the US. Through her active research, writing, making, and teaching agenda she investigates the role of a designer and the design process through a variety of forms—from static to dynamic, time-based to print. Working both individually and collaboratively she has presented at a number of international conferences. Rebecca holds a BFA in Visual Communication from the University of Kansas and a Master of Graphic Design (MGD) from NC State University College of Design

Maria Martin


Graduated in the Faculty of Fine Arts of San Carlos (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain) in 2005. Carried on with my PhD studies on Painting “Intensification in Painting and Visual Rhetoric”. While researching her thesis, undertook a Master’s in Teaching. In 2007 she received her Master’s in Artistic Production. After several years working as a graphic designer in the toy industry, she started teaching at Barreira: Arte + Diseño. She specializes in Advertising and Graphic Design and in Fashion Design. She has never abandoned her personal projects, which include my individual exhibitions (“La Niña Roja”) and collective projects within the Valencian Association of Watercolourists, combined with works as a freelance designer. In her free time, she teach painting to autistic children and those with reduced mobility, as part of the programme ‘Natumar’ organized by the Valencia City Council. Her work is the reflection of her passion for teaching and art.

Jonathan Martin

‘What are the foundations of learning creativity; and what might we do with what we know?’

Professor Joanna Verron

‘Mixed Cultures: Microbiology, art and design’

Joanna Verran is Professor of Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is also Head of Science Communication and Public Engagement and a National Teaching Fellow. Her research focuses on the interactions occurring between microorganisms and inert surfaces, encompassing food contact surfaces, hygienic surfaces, dentures – and objects of cultural heritage including cine film. Jo has extended this cross-disciplinary approach to her teaching, using arts and the humanities to make science more accessible to different audiences. She has attracted over £2m in research funding, and published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and book chapter, representing a range of disciplines.

Dr Jane Norris

‘Comparing UK art & design HE in FE with the liberal arts educational programme of the American University in Richmond’

Currently undertaking a post doctoral programme (PEP) in Critical Writing at the RCA where she is writing up her research into Polychronic Objects – exploring alternative approaches to materiality in design and craft through aerial viewpoints, crumpled time and object emergence. She contributes regular opinion pieces for design journal Fiera, and is founder of Studio Viatopia.

Gemma Wilkinson, Faith Dillon Lee and Alexandra Pitt

‘Nurturing Critical Engagement and Cross Disciplinary Inspiration through Creative Expression’

Alexandra Pitt has worked in International Education since 1998 including teaching, lecturing and management positions in Europe and the UK. Specializing in Academic Writing, Linguistics, and Educational Development, Alexandra holds MA ELT and Applied Linguistics, MA Art History, DELTA, PGCE, SFHEA and FSEDA.

Faith Dillon-Lee has worked in International Education since 2002 including teaching and management positions at Language Schools and lecturing at various UK Universities. Specializing in Academic Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Writing, Faith has an MA ELT and Applied Linguistics, DELTA, and Fellowship of the HEA. She is also a published author and currently pursuing a PhD in English

Gemma Wilkinson has worked in ELT and Academic Writing for fifteen years at universities overseas and in the UK and she holds DELTA and an MA in ELT and Applied linguistics. Now at Middlesex university, she currently focuses on embedding academic literacies in Nursing and Midwifery programmes.

Ellen Sims and Rachel Gippetti

‘Primary PPD’

Ellen Sims is Head of Learning and Teaching at Plymouth College of Art. Previous roles include Senior Educational Developer at York University, Toronto and Program Director for Academic Practice at the University of the Arts, London. She is an ‘activator’ for Visual Arts Plymouth and member of Nascent Art/Science Collective. Ellen’s professional raison d’etre is creating space for staff to engage in collaborative, reflective and re-invigorated practice. She has worked successfully with staff in developing scholarly approaches and outputs. Research interests include teaching in the disciplines and interdisciplinarity, socially engaged and transformative learning and inclusive curriculum design.

Rachel Gippetti is Higher Education Study Manager at Plymouth College of Art. She took on this role in September 2015, having previously supported students with mental health conditions at PCA and elsewhere in Higher Education. Rachel aims to empower and inspire students to fully engage in their creative and academic development through individual support and engagement with collaborators and activities beyond the college. Alongside her role as an educator, Rachel is a writer, musician, and literary event organiser.

Dr Debra Josephson Abrams

‘Electrical Soil: Integrating Music and Art across Disciplines, Courses and Levels’

For decades, Dr. Debra Josephson Abrams has taught English to native and non-native English users. A writer and regular conference presenter, her areas of expertise include liberatory pedagogy; teacher training, peer coaching and mentoring; multiple intelligences and learning styles; composition pedagogy and practice; critical thinking, critical literacy, and critical reflection; research and research training; curriculum design; formative assessment; and the writing and teaching of d/Deaf students. She believes that education is a gift—not a commodity—and she knows that the commodification of education is an increasingly pervasive and pernicious evil. Parts of Speech Educational Consulting:

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Chris Payne and Dr Mat Dalgleish

‘MAMIC: a visual programming library for amalgamating Mathematics and Coding through Music’

Chris Payne is an international dance music producer / DJ, PhD student and Music course leader at South Staffordshire College. Before lecturing, Chris spent five years full time creating dance music productions for multiple record labels and DJing for international events under the alias ‘Casper’. Chris also has eight years experience as an FE course leader. Consequently, he has built music departments that have been classed as ‘outstanding.’ He has a MSc in Music Technology and a PGCE (QTLS) both from Staffordshire University, as well as a first class honours degree in Popular Music from the University of Wolverhampton.

Mat Dalgleish is a Senior Lecturer in Music Technology and Course Leader for the MSc Audio Technology at the University of Wolverhampton.Since 2006 Mat has created musical interfaces and digital musical instruments, and from 2009-11 he was a visiting researcher at The Open University Music Computing Lab. His projects include a system from the real- time capture and sonification of tree physiology data, a wearable interface for learning rhythmic skills, a whole body system for music analysis and composition, handheld instruments that actively resist mastery, and large-scale interactive installations. Beyond music interaction, Mat’s interests include sound synthesis and sound design.

Bernard Lisewski

‘Situated pedagogies across landscapes: an examination of tutor-practitioners’ knowledgeabilities in Fashion Design, Fashion Styling and Fashion Business within an Italian Fashion School.’

Bernard Lisewski is an educational developer within the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He leads a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice programme on behalf of MMU in conjunction with an Italian Fashion School based in London, Paris and Milan. His current doctoral research focuses on how tutor-practitioners enact ‘practice-based knowing’ to students within this Fashion School context.

Associate Professor Geoff Grandfield, Professor Catherine McDermott NTF, PHHEA and Associate Professor Elinor Renfrew

‘Showing Off: The Future Of The Graduate Show’

Associate Professor Geoff Grandfield – Course Director for BA Illustration Animation at Kingston University in parallel with being an award-winning illustrator working with major international clients since 1987. Research interests draw upon the fields of mass visual communication and narrative forms. From his illustration practice particular themes have emerged such as the visual interpretation and representation of power through narrative communication and the significance of place and memory in creative visualisation. He is currently supervising PhD’s on the significance and effectiveness of illustration in communication, social function, environment and mythology.

Professor Catherine McDermott NTF, PFHEA – In 2015 Catherine was awarded n NTF for pioneering the discipline of curating through her MA Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston and the Design Museum London.  Her programme enabled postgraduate students from different educational and cultural backgrounds to make a significant impact in the creative sector, transforming practice through an outstanding record of global employment.  Catherine developed international projects leading the interdisciplinary practice of science and design, supported by innovative VLE applications and a commitment to enhance the student learning experience through internationalisation.  In 2016 she won a major British Council China grant to lead on UK/Sino design internships. 

Associate Professor Elinor Renfrew – Since joining Kingston BA Fashion currently ranks 3rd in the world on the new Business of Fashion website, 4th in the global Fashionista website and 4th in The Guardian league table the highest in the University. Elinor has recently been accepted to present a paper at the IFFTI conference in Beijing in March.  She is a member of the British Fashion Council Steering Committee and a Trustee of the new Graduate Fashion Week Executive Committee, one of 8 academics from the UK 

Professor Gareth Williams, Middlesex University – Head of Design at Middlesex University.  At the Victoria and Albert Museum he curated notable exhibitions examining aspects of contemporary design practice, including Milan in a Van (2002) and Telling Tales, Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design (2009). For five years until 2014 he was Senior Tutor and Reader in Design Curating, Design Products MA programme at the Royal College of Art. Gareth has written contributions for over twenty books and numerous magazines, newspapers and journals, and has written five sole-author books including The Furniture Machine, furniture since 1990 (V&A 2006) and 21 Twenty-one, 21 designers for twenty-first century Britain (V&A 2012).

Dr Angela Partington

‘Studio-based pedagogies are not inherently creative’

Dr Alison James

‘Building learning: how playful pedagogies cross disciplinary boundaries’

Dr Alison James is Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, at the London College of Fashion. She is also a National Teaching Fellow (2014) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Alison has taught, researched and written extensively on creative and multisensory approaches to learning, personal and professional development (PPD) and play in HE. She is co-author, with Professor Stephen Brookfield, of Engaging Imagination: helping students become creative and reflective thinkers (Jossey-Bass, April 2014). Alison is an accredited LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator and has worked in Europe as well as the UK.

Alexandra McEwan and Kara Jarrod

‘Conversations in cross sector communities of practice. Interdisciplinary visual art facilitation for learners with sensory impairment.’

Alex McEwan is a sessional drawing tutor at The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Lead Textile Artist at Sense UK. Alex has worked with Sense since 2014, delivering, award winning, textile-based, life history community projects for the elderly with sensory impairment. Her research interests include evolving identities, memory and links to everyday object. Alex enjoys the process of documenting projects and is a keen blogger. Blog.sense.org.uk As a professional artist she has exhibited internationally. In 2015 Alex was Artist in Residence at UCA where she also completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education.

Kara Jarrold is the Head of Arts and Wellbeing at Sense, the national charity for people with sensory impairments and associated disabilities. As a social researcher, she has extensive experience of using qualitative methodologies to explore everyday experiences particularly in relation to sensory impairment, ageing, creativity and technology. Her projects have included multi-site national evaluations, in-depth exploratory research and mixed-methodological studies with vulnerable and socially excluded groups. Her research interests include ageing and identity, care and caring, sensory accessibility and the role of culture, heritage and arts in promoting social inclusion and wellbeing for disabled and older people.

Annabel Pretty

‘Architectural prefabrication pavilions in partnership with Glow@Artweek Auckland’

Annabel Pretty, Senior Lecturer; Department of Architecture Unitec Institute of Technology is an architectural photographer and teaches studio courses within the BAS programme as well as supervising a number of Masters (Prof) students. Her current interests lay in Design methodologies, and e-learning technologies. She has been elected twice as New Zealand board member for Cumulus Association which represents over 200 Art, Design and Media Universities in 50 countries.


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