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UAL Teaching Platform: Thinking Differently - Addressing Attainment Differentials in Higher Education

Event date
5 February 2019 (9.30am to 4.30pm)
UAL Teaching Platform: Thinking Differently - Addressing Attainment Differentials in Higher Education
Attainment differentials between students of colour and white students are being exposed and considered across higher education.  Members of the art and design higher education community are at different points in relation to recognising and addressing this problem.  Dr Gurnam Singh (2018) refers to ‘Awarding Gaps’ to highlight the institutional responsibilities associated with attainment differentials. 
This one day symposium will bring together educators and students who are leading work in this area.  


Who should attend?
This event is for tutors and leaders in art and design who want to understand (and address) the issues at stake.   Over the course of the day there will be practical workshops and keynotes that will share work on decolonising the art school curriculum, redesigning assessment approaches, addressing implicit bias and combating stereotype threat.
This event is free.  Lunch is included.
Book your place online today! Scroll down to register using the form at the bottom of the page.
The programme of speakers and workshop activities will be confirmed shortly.  The preliminary agenda for the day (ie subject to change) is:
 (scroll down for full speaker bios)
0930-1000            Registration
1000-1010            Welcome & Introduction
Nigel Carrington (Vice Chancellor UAL) and Prof Susan Orr
1015 -1115     Session 1: Interactive session: Divergence
1115-1130     Refreshments
1130-1230 Session 2:  World Cafe 
1330-1430 Session 3: Keynote - Nona McDuff OBE, Director of Student Achievement, Kingston University
1445-1545    Session 4: Panel
1545-1630 Session 5: Drawing conclusions

Structured small group discussion that gives attendees the chance to share the work they are involved in within their own College or university.  In addition the groups will be asked to reflect on what they have learnt over the day.   This discussion will result in a series of learning points (in text and in visual form) that delegates can take back to their college/university setting. Group work findings will be written up and shared with delegates after the event.


Nona McDuff received an OBE for services to higher education in 2017. Nona is a panel member for the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework panel which makes judgements on the shape of excellence in learning and teaching and student support in higher education.  Nona has served on the ministerial Social Mobility Advisory Group, addressed the all-party parliamentary group on diversity in HE, sits on the advisory boards of two research projects and chairs the Higher Education Race Action Group which has over 300 members from institutions across the UK. Nona is the Director of Student Achievement at Kingston University.

Susan Orr is Professor of Creative Pedagogy and Dean Learning, Teaching and Enhancement at UAL. Susan manages the Teaching and Learning Exchange and leads on the delivery of the UAL Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy. Susan is an HEA National Teaching Fellow and her research explores creative education pedagogies. Twitter: @Susan_K_Orr


This event is part of a series hosted by University of the Arts London, exploring key issues in art and design teaching and learning in higher education. Each event includes leading speakers sharing current thinking in creative education and is designed to be interactive: delegates will have opportunities to engage in activities to support networking and engagement. 
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