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College Academic Coordinators Student Enterprise and Employability

Written by
Anna Castleton
Published date
07 April 2014

SEE are pleased to announce the appointment of College Academic Coordinators Student Enterprise and Employability.

College Academic Coordinators will work with SEE to raise the profile of practice, scholarly debate and research into enterprise and employability pedagogy at colleges, and act as a link between SEE and colleges. The new roles will be working closely with the college Learning and Teaching Leads to support college curriculum development, validation and revalidation to ensure that courses offer high quality employability and enterprise learning opportunities. This will also involve aspects of staff development, dissemination and contribution to the work of SEE in achieving its aims.

We at SEE and the College Academic Coordinators look forward to working with you to further support and enhance college and cross-university collaboration in order to contribute toward a vision for enterprise and employability in art and design.

Katrine Hjelde
Katrine Hjelde
CCW Academic Coordinator SEE

“I hope to strengthen the links between CCW subject courses, research and student progression. Subjects are already critically and creatively connecting their curriculum to appropriate conceptions of professional practice, and I am looking forward to being involved in this process. I am interested in skill and knowledge in the art school, and its critical application and contribution to society, and I am looking forward to working among and in collaboration with CCW staff, current students and alumni.”

Katrine Hjelde is an artist, lecturer and researcher. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts, BA Fine Art. In 2012, she completed a CLIP CETL-funded PhD on the interrelationship between the practices of art and teaching in the art school, followed in 2013 by a post-doctoral AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund fellowship on ‘Intersecting contemporary fine art practice and critical art pedagogy’.

She exhibits in Great Britain and Europe, and has received artist awards and grants such as the Norwegian State Work Stipend for Young Artists and London Arts Board Awards to Individual Artists. Since 2000, her practice includes a collaboration with Oslo-based b+r architects, which recently culminated in the permanent Holocaust Exhibition at Villa Grande, Oslo. Further collaborations include FLΔG collective, a group of artists, researchers and art students, who explore the relationship between art practices, art education, and pedagogy.

Cath Caldwell

Cath Caldwell
CSM Academic Coordinator SEE

“I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across CSM, to build upon and share the good practice in employability and enterprise. I’d like to see our curriculum support every student to build up their personal and professional profile before graduation and enable them to shape their own future in line with their practice.”

Cath Caldwell is currently a senior lecturer working teaching across BA and MA in the Graphic Communication Design Programme. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has Level 3 from the Institute of Line Managers.

Cath is a founder member of the not-for-profit editorial design organization EDO and has authored two books aimed at students and graduates. She is a member of the UAL IT working party, representing Graphic Communication Design on external facing UAL branding communications and internal digital communication projects.

Previously, Cath gained a BA in Graphic Design, Central St Martin’s College of
Art and a Pg Cert in Teaching and Learning in Art and Design. She has experience in industry as designer at Conde Nast New York, at News International NYC, and then returned to art direct Elle UK and Elle Decoration. The experience of running a design studio with partner John Belknap helped to habour an interest in employability within education. Currently, Cath is working with the design team to putting art and design education into context of employment and self-employment.

Ellen Hanceri

Ellen Hanceri
LCC Academic Coordinator SEE

“As part of the BA Surface Design Team at LCC, and Head of 2nd Year, I have combined key skills and elements of Enterprise and Employability (E&E) through a variety of pedagogic activities, enriching the experience for students on this course. I very much look forward to the opportunities that this new Academic Coordinator role will offer, a sharing of ideas between the 4 college coordinators, and the integration of good practice to further enhance enterprise and employability within learning and teaching within LCC, across the UAL and SEE.”

Ellen Hanceri has worked at LCC for many years, across Surface Design, Printmaking and Personal and Professional Development. As a freelance designer, she sees the importance of retaining an awareness of the commercial industries to which students aspire, while maintaining an independence and originality in their own creative output as essential. Both elements have always influenced Ellen’s teaching.

In 2008, Ellen gained a UAL Teaching and Professional University Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Combining student, staff and industry skills and experiences to facilitate a commercial venture.’ This successfully enabled many E&E skills to be taught through authentic experience, within the curriculum. It encouraged staff collaboration with fellow lecturers at Chelsea College of Art, and direct contact with industry for both staff and students involved.

In 2012, Ellen was lead researcher at LCC for SEE’s Landscape Review: Enterprise and Employability in the Curriculum. This privileged role gave her the opportunity to communicate with fellow staff at LCC, enjoy a sense of shared experience and initiate cross-departmental links. The recommendations resulting from the research continue to influence Ellen’s aspirations, to think about enterprise, not just as a subject but also as an approach.AmandaJohnston

Amanda Johnston
LCF Academic Coordinator SEE

“I am looking forward to being able to make a positive contribution to the development of innovative Teaching, Learning, Enterprise and Employability strategies, and welcome this unique opportunity to contribute sustainable perspectives to a shared vision that unites cross college co-operation, and enhances learning, enterprise and employability opportunities for our students. I am particularly interested in the development of the curriculum to enable undergraduates to understand, and visualise the full scope of potential for their place in practice and industry.”
Amanda Johnston has been teaching at London College of Fashion since 2002, following 20+ years international experience in the fashion industry as a designer and consultant.
She currently teaches design on the BA FDD, BA Accessories, and MDES courses, and supervises nine first year CAPS students. She is also acting Industrial Placement tutor for the entire Product cohort.

Amanda’s research interests are in Sustainability and Widening Participation, and she has successfully secured funding to support two research projects and co-authored two student focused fabric books published in 2010. The second edition of the first book is being published in February 2014.

Awarded a UAL Sustainability award in 2013, Amanda also acts as Curator and educational consultant for The Sustainable Angle, a sustainable textiles resource that focuses on promoting better sourcing strategies in the Fashion industry via brand consultancies and annual Future Fabrics Expo.