GLAD Conference 2018

The 21st Annual GLAD Conference will take place on Friday 7th December 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University.

UNDERNEATH THE METRICS: What is really happening to Art and Design education ?

This year’s conference seeks to dig below the surface of the metrics, to look not only at whole cohorts but also at the individuals, to unearth key issues which our sector faces, including diversity, employability, mental health and the twin challenges of recruitment and retention.  We will be aided by the release of new data, commissioned by GLAD, which analyses trends in recruitment to different disciplines in Art and Design over the last ten years.


Keynote Speakers

Screen Shot 2018-10-03 at 20.56.43.png

Professor Vicky Gunn

‘Can we be creative data pirates? Disrupting optimstically from underneath the metrics.’

“The creative arts higher education sector has yet to adequately identify metrics which enable the measurement (as an outcome) of when a creative goes beyond pre-existing tracks to do/make/think something ‘new’ and the associated impacts.”

Collaborative Creative Arts Cluster, Scottish Round Table, Glasgow, June 2018.

This keynote argues that it is time for Art and Design to take on the mantle of being creative data pirates within higher education regulation of learning and teaching. It defines creative data pirates as disruptive agents who can use and challenge data sets simultaneously to enable enhancement of creative higher education within current constraints. The argument is offered through four headings:

  1. A reminder of headline concerns regarding current metrics in the UK context;

  2. The two elephants in the data room: disciplinary TEF and creative arts quality metrics;

  3. Developing a collaborative approach to being creative data pirates: the need for regional responses to enhancing learning and teaching in Art and Design;

  4. A few starting points for creative data pirates to consider.


Professor Neil Powell

‘A Skeptic’s guide to Teaching Intensity’.

In this brief paper, Professor Neil Powell, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Norwich University of the Arts, presents some data and analysis on what teaching intensity in the arts looks like. Whilst teaching intensity may have faded from the TEF radar, issues staff workloads and student contact hours certainly have not. The session takes an evidence-based approach and seeks to raise a number of questions:

Are there such things as subject-specific pedagogies?

How much do we really know about teaching methods in our own institutions? 

What is the correlation between contact hours and satisfied students?

Are student expectations around teaching changing?

Is teaching and learning in ‘new’ subjects different?

To what extent are teaching styles a self-fulfilling prophecy?

More Info