Who is the Teacher-Researcher in Art, Design and Communication?

A Wimbledon College of Arts Event for UAL Research Fortnight 2016
Friday 11 March 2016, 2pm – 6pm (​Drinks Recpetion 6pm – 7:45pm)

​Academics do not just teach and undertake research – they are teacher-researchers. This half-day symposium addresses the role of the teacher-researcher in an arts university, with contributions from students and staff at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts.  Further and Higher education in art, design and communication is not just about getting a qualification – by definition, a university should expose students to leading research in their field of study. The curriculum that students follow and the courses and the programmes that they have chosen, should be responsive to innovative research in the discipline.  While there are ways of recognising excellence in research and (more recently) in teaching, we lack developed accounts of the relationship of research and teaching and the skills and capabilities of the teacher-researcher. An aim of the symposium is to arrive at some actions/ideas for further enhancement of the curriculum and the student experience through bringing teaching and research closer together. Topics we will cover include:

  • How do we describe the role of a teacher-researcher?
  • How do students understand the relationship of teaching and research within their courses and programmes?
  • How does the teacher-researcher work within the curriculum and the programme in art, design and communication?
  • Should the art and design curriculum respond to the latest innovations in research – if so how?
  • What spaces, technologies, objects and external institutions are important to develop good relationships between teaching and research?
  • How does the integration of research and teaching work at different levels, from FE to PhD?

Followed by drinks in the Green Room hosted by Simon Betts, Dean of Wimbledon College of Arts

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