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May News

Learning and Teaching Newsletter – May 2016


1. Events

GLAD – GROUP FOR LEARNING IN ART & DESIGN – Pedagogic Research Network One Day Symposium

Tuesday 7th June 2016


Tuesday 7th June 2016, Coventry University

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Summer Festival of Learning and Teaching

Wednesday 1st – Thursday 30th June 2016

The Summer Festival of Learning and Teaching will run for the month of June and give all MMU staff an opportunity to share their own good practice, find out more about interesting approaches and resources used at MMU and in other institutions and to collaborate with colleagues both at MMU and internationally.

In addition, we are linking the Festival to an exciting collaboration with our CARPE partners: a summer school for staff who’d like to find out more about joint teaching and research across the CARPE network.

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7th International Urban Sketchers Symposium

Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th July 2016

Manchester School of Art is delighted to be hosting the 7th International Urban Sketchers Symposium between 27 and 30 July 2016.

The International Urban Sketching Symposium is an annual educational event organized by Urban Sketchers, a non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering the practice of on-location observational sketching.

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Wednesday 30th November – Saturday 3rd December 2016

TURN MIRRORS INTO WINDOWS | 30 November – 3 December 2016 Florence, Italy
Registration Open Now!

ELIA – the European League for the Institutes of the Arts – is delighted to announce the 14th ELIA Biennial Conference Turn Mirrors Into Windows, that will take place 30 November-3 December 2016 in Florence, Italy.

Register now to join us in Florence!The ELIA Biennial Conference is the largest conference on higher arts education worldwide, drawing an audience of approximately 500 directors, artists, lecturers and thinkers.


Landscapes of Identity Symposium 2016

Wednesday 18th May 2016

In a rapidly changing world, how does an industrialised and urbanised city such as Manchester contribute, resist or mediate the changes that are caused by globalising forces, or, how the city in turn, is coming to be changed itself? What are the strategic roles of heritage, design, art and culture in shaping Manchester’s identity and placemaking?

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2. Lectures

Professor Martyn Evans

Wednesday 18th May 2016

“Designing the Future”

Martyn Evans is Professor of Design at Manchester School of Art. Martyn is a product designer and design academic with 20 years research, teaching and leadership experience. Interested in the strategic role that design commands in a variety of settings, his research explores the approaches designers use to conceptualise and communicate the future. With broad experience of design as future making, he has presented on this, and related, topics nationally and internationally.

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Professor Raphael Fonseca (Colégio Pedro II, Brazil)

Wednesday 25th May 2016

The line that welcomes the body: the hammock and Brazil

From an Eurocentric view, the hammock is often seen as the symbol of ‘Brazilianness’ – a monument for the constructed idea of ‘tropical lazyness’. An indigenous object that was appropriated by the European populations during the centuries of the invasion of Latin America, the hammock has a history of its own. Raphael Fonseca will discuss this subject in the context of his curatorial project, When Time Presses, a prize-winner of the Marcantônio Vilaça Award (2015 edition). This exhibition, which featured works of thirteen Brazilian artists, reflected on the relation between leisure, rest, work and tiredness through artworks from the 1950’s till present.

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3. Research

Art Pedagogy Experiment: The School of Art’s Pedagogic Research Group.

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New NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art & Design) research shows a decline in art, craft and design qualification completions.

New research by NSEAD indicates there has been an overall decline in art, craft and design qualification completions in the last five years. The research combines completion numbers published by Ofqual and JQC, for level 2 and 3 Art and Design GCSE/GCEs and Craft, Creative Arts and Design vocational qualifications (England, Northern Ireland and Wales). The combined completion numbers for art, craft and design have significantly decreased.

Findings from the NSEAD Survey Report 2015-16, published 9 February 2016, indicated that in the last five years many vocational art and design courses have closed and there has been a decrease in time allocated for art and design across all phases. The reduction in volume completions for Art and Design GCSE/GCEs and Craft, Creative Arts and Design vocational qualifications are symptomatic of both course closures and the decrease in time allocated for art and design across all phases.

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Teaching Excellence Framework

The Government are set to publish a White paper on the future of teaching in Higher Education which will introduce a “Teaching Excellence Framework”.

This may mean:

Moving away from QAA audits (every 6 years). Light touch metrics to get data – not on-site inspections.

New priorities – from research to rewarding teaching quality and enhancing the student experience.

High scoring courses/departments/institutions to charge higher fees. De facto removal of tuition fees cap.

Measure through: degree results; employment data (including earnings); grade point assessment; student satisfaction (e.g. ISS/NSS/).

Applies only to England. Green paper published 6 November 2015. Consultation to 15 January 2016. White paper to be published spring/summer 2016.

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4. Scholarships

Interested in a SoLT (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)? MMU is supporting pedagogic research across the university, extending our reach across the UK sector as significant contributor to the HE learning & teaching discourse, and making a 2020 Research Excellence Framework (REF) return in due course.

We are establishing a focus for pedagogic research in HE (PedR) which is more definable and tangible than a loose network of research-related activities. An important part of that focus is on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), which is now developing as an established, world-wide, scholarly discourse around: the theory and practice of learning and teaching; what we mean by excellence in those practices; and how we develop and share that good practice with colleagues

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5. Revised School Strategic Learning & Teaching Plan 2016

Please follow the below link to the revised Learning and Teaching Strategy document. It is important that you are fully aware of this information as you may be asked questions about it during the QAA Review.



Here is a list of great blogs relating to learning and teaching in the school.

Architecture—a whole lot of great blogs from Manchester School of Architecture:

a splendid montage of work and sources from our Illustration with Animation course:

super 3DD Three Dimensional Design blog:


Learning & Teaching

There is an opportunity to develop projects as part of our staff innovative learning and teaching funds. Please see Michael Gorman or Joe McCullagh for further details. Deadline for project bid submissions is March 23rd.

Dear Colleagues,

Call for Bids: Learning & Teaching Innovation Fund 2015

As part of the School of Art’s Learning, Teaching & Assessment Strategy we are inviting bids, from all staff, to the Innovation Fund.

We are particularly interested in bids around the following topics:

  • Innovative pedagogyexploring inclusive and diverse student engagement in art, design, media or architecture
  • Curriculum designaddressing graduate attributes, internationalisation, digital literacy and sustainable development, discipline-specific skills and interdisciplinary learning.
  • Student transitionsfocuses on inclusivity, flexibility, widening access, equality and diversity.  Exploring retention and student mobility and examining the impact of sector policy changes.
  • Staff transitionsexploring teaching excellence, “professionalization”, and reward and recognition
  • Exploring the use of new learning and teaching spaces

We are inviting bids to the Fund up to a maximum of £3K. The bids can come from individuals or collaborative groups of staff. We would like to encourage bids that encourage pedagogic communities across staff and disciplines. The template for application is attached.

First deadline for submissions for our fund is 4pm, Monday 23 March 2015.

If you would like to discuss your bid informally before submission please contact myself or Joe McCullagh, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, who will convene a panel to review the bids.

Please send completed bids to Amanda Jones

Student Fashion Show

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Enjoyed the year 4 and 5 fashion show on Tuesday night 03.03.15

nice way to end the day, some really cosmic out there work, sun ra influences?!!