Dr Kate Hatton

Head of Inclusive Education Programmes

University of the Arts London


Dr. Kate Hatton FRSA is Head of Inclusive Education Programmes at University of the Arts London (UAL), Chair of the Inclusive Arts Education Forum (IAEF), member of the Runnymede Trust Academic Forum and of Commonwealth Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network (CIAN), Cambridge University. She manages UAL Retain, Achieve, Succeed staff research, examining retention, achievement, diversity and inclusion.

Kate has worked in the UK art education settings for over twenty years in a number of roles: teaching and research management, dissertation co-ordination, area management for critical studies. A Design Historian and Lecturer in Cultural Studies, her thesis, A Study of Black Experiences of Art Education in England: How to Promote Fairer Access and Inclusion for a Wider Audience (2009), shifted her art education approach. Her work now focuses on diversity issues.

She has contributed papers and workshops at UAL: the Retain, Achieve, Succeed programme, CLTAD Teaching and Learning day (2013), Inclusivity in Curriculum Design day at CSM (2014). She organised and co-chaired the Towards a Progressive Arts Education conference, British Library (2013).

External papers include: (EAN) European Access Network annual conferences (Amsterdam 2011, Zagreb 2012), UKADIA conference (2014). Continuing research collaborations are focused both nationally and internationally. Dr Hatton teaches Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martins.

Research interests

Diversity in arts education, identity theory, whiteness studies, language, race, gender, class, culture and creativity, postcolonial theory, feminist poststructural theory, art and design history.

Research statement

Dr Hatton is interested in educational research questioning identity, whiteness, culture, creativity, class and cross-disciplinary/intercultural arts theory and practices. She has organised conferences on art and design pedagogy, diversity and the student experience (Leeds, 2004, 2007; London, 2013) and writes about ‘race’ and inclusive arts education. Publications include: Design, Pedagogy, Research (2008), articles forRace Ethnicity and Education (2003); Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning(2012); the UAL RAS Project Evaluative Report, (2013).

Forthcoming publications include: Towards an Inclusive Arts Education (2015) Trentham/IOE Press, ''Hard to Reach Groups’ in the context of arts and social sciences research’ in Bhopal K. and Deuchar, R., Researching Marginalized Groups (Routledge Advances in Research Methods, 2015). She recently wrote a chapter for the forthcoming Cambridge University led text on Intercultural Arts Research(Routledge, 2015).

Dr Hatton is interested in forging collaborative links across UAL and with national and international HE colleagues sharing similar research concerns.

Selected research outputs