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SNAS NW Network 2007

Linking Disciplinary Research to Teaching

The Universities of Bolton, Central Lancashire, Chester, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and Cumbria Institute of the Arts came together to form a North West (NW) Network Group to undertake a research project based on the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Support for New Academic Staff  (SNAS) Strand 3 project “Linking Disciplinary Research to Teaching”. This had developed out of the original HEA’s SNAS project which was to produce annotated resources which focused on key areas such as the curriculum, assessment and student support. It also aimed to inform the wider debate on research-informed teaching from a disciplinary perspective.

A feature of the project has been to ensure that the resources are developed and embedded within the context of discrete disciplines.  Accordingly, the Art, Design Media Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy (ADM-HEA) has been involved with the SNAS project since its inception.

The ADM-HEA NW Network Group comprises individuals with a known interest in research into learning and teaching in the departments of Art, Design and Media in the Universities listed above.  The institutions represent a specialist art school, Russell Group members and post ’92 Universities which have well established or growing departments of Art, Design and Media.

The research took an exploratory case study approach with interviews spanning the disciplines of - Fine Art, Fashion, Fashion and Textiles Retailing, Knitwear, Interior Design, Photography, Ceramics and Design History. An evaluative commentary of the case studies outlining the key issues was completed and may be downloaded here. The case studies were followed by departmental workshops and have included additional representation from the disciplines covered.  Read a further evaluative workshop commentary here

A regional seminar was held at the University of Bolton on 1 March 2007 to disseminate findings, generate further evidence and develop understanding of how teachers externalise their research in relation to their teaching. Read the seminar report here.

Read the case studies in full by clicking on the links below:

Daniel Boetker-Smith, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Photography, University of Chester

John Renshaw, Deputy Head of Art and Design, University of Chester

David Imrie, Pathway Leader, Contemporary Culture, Cumbria Institute of the Arts

Robert Williams, Course Leader, Fine Art, Cumbria Institute of the Arts

Peter Lewis, Senior Lecturer Fine Art / Head of Ceramics, University of Bolton



Pammi Sinha, Programme Director - Fashion and Textiles Retailing, University of Manchester

Kate Sayer, Teaching Fellow in Knit Design, University of Manchester

Dean Hughes, Lecturer in Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University

Graeme Brooker, Programme Leader Interior Design BA, Manchester Metropolitan University

Rory Turner, Programme Leader Fashion, UCLAN

David Mackintosh, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, UCLAN