Diversity, Pedagogy and the Creative Arts: perceptions and experiences of diverse students at UAL

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12 Mar 2018

5pm to 6.30pm

*Please note the room for this seminar has been changed to JPS311*

This seminar will consider teacher diversity at a large creative arts university from the student perspective. Siobhan Clay will explore findings from a small-scale research study that asked students what impact greater staff diversity would make to their learning and university experiences, and how this might affect their aspirations to enter teaching as a career. 

The study used Critical Race Theory, Whiteness and cultural capital frameworks to understand how institutional practices might support or hinder students returning to the academy as staff. This seminar will focus on the students’ narratives in particular in order to consider how teaching approaches, staff-student relationships and the curriculum can support the student journey and go some way to remediating the current lack of BAME staff in HE. Despite difficult encounters, the findings present an overwhelming interest in teaching as a future career. 

Siobhan Clay is an Educational Developer in the Exchange at UAL with interests in inclusive pedagogies, attainment, transition and the student experience. This workshop explores findings from her Social Justice and Education masters dissertation completed at the Institutue of Education at UCL in September 2016. 
Who should attend?
  • Staff interested in institutional research into the student experience, particularly inclusivity, diversity and pedagogy
  • Staff interested in developing inclusive pedagogic approaches to teaching  
What will I learn?
By the end of the workshop you will:
  • Have explored students perceptions of diversity - teacher, student and curriculum - at UAL
  • Discussed and considered ways to address issues arising from the research
  • Developed thinking around teaching inclusively to engage diverse students in the studio and student-support settings
What can I do next?