next #creativeHE meetup is on the 22nd of June > Join us!

GooglePlusLogoA warm and open invitation to join the next #creativeHEmeetup on the 1st of June!

#creativeHE is an open collaborative community for creative and innovative practitioners which exists online at through which a series of events and courses have been offered by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University in partnership with Creative Academic and facilitators from a range of institutions nationally and internationally.

We will continue connecting, collaborating, experimenting and learning together online this year and have just launched the Creativity in Practice project led by Prof. Norman Jackson.

This academic year, we have introduced meetups in the North-West in collaboration with the University of Salford and the University of Manchester.

Our next and last meetup during this academic year will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University on the 22nd of June, 12-2 pm in the All Saints Library, room 5.11 (report to reception). The focus of this meetup is the creative use of collage. Staff, students and the wider public, all very welcome.

We have the pleasure to have Dr Anna Clare Hunter with us from UCLAN who will engage us in collage work in learning and teaching. This is what Anna says about this work:

Picture1I use collage work in the first session of a PGCert LTHE, as a way of breaking down boundaries between participants and, hopefully, opening minds to the new professional possibilities that their journeys on the programme will bring. Collage work is all about taking things apart and putting them back together again, in a process of deconstructing meaning and remaking it in different ways. The potential of visual metaphor to empower emergent stories is well documented within HE pedagogy, and is overtly visible in the process of collaging; this is what makes the collage such a valuable tool for exploring and engaging with identity, in all of its fluidity and uncertainty. By selecting images and sharing interpretations, participants become co-constructors of visual stories that reveal transcendent commonalities of experience: shared fears, common questions, a unifying discourse around what it means to be a teacher in the contemporary university. But the collage is only the first step in the journey, and it returns periodically throughout as a triangulation point for reflection and a spur to continued learning.”

For more information and to register, please access We are very much looking forward to seeing you there.

More info about the #creativeHE initiative:

It aims to support pedagogical rebels and free-thinking innovators in experimenting with, developing, sharing and getting support for novel learning and teaching ideas as well as initiate and disseminate research activity around these that have the power to transform the student and staff experience within and beyond institutional boundaries.

This community is open to anyone who would like to join, academic staff, students and the wider public. All who have an interest in creative and innovative approaches to teaching and helping others learn.

We meet physically on a monthly basis, each time at a different institution. During our meetups, we will have the opportunity to get to know each other, share and grow new ideas, take risks and support each other in our creative adventures, experiment and play, as well as test and develop pedagogical ideas and identify ways to take them forward.

We will continue using the #creativeHE online community space which now supports and connects a global community of over 600 people. Furthermore, this space will offer additional opportunities for professional development through online discussions, events and courses that are organised through #creativeHE, the Creative Academic and the wider academic community. The openly licensed #101creativeideas project will help us collect and share our ideas and the pedagogic innovators project (#pin) to engage in related research activities.

We suggest that each meetup features time for socialising. As the meetups will all be free and open, we encourage each participant to bring a gift of food and/or non-alcoholic drinks to share with other participants. Homemade and more healthy contributions are very welcome as are foods from different cultures. In this simple way we aim to encourage sharing of the many cultures that make up our society.

The institutional contact will coordinate the monthly gathering and a booking system will be in place through CELT at Manchester Metropolitan University. If you would like to become a #creativeHE champion in your institution, please get in touch with us.

We are really looking forward to seeing you again online and locally,

Chrissi on behalf of the #creativeHE team


Mini reflection added after the meetup

22 June 18 (8): This was our last meetup in this academic year. We met at Manchester Met and a colleague from UCLAN facilitated a discussion and a hands-on workshop around using collage in learning and teaching. It was fascinating to experience how snippets of paper could generate such deep and creative engagement!

Dr Anna Hunter from UCLAN was leading the session and shared her experience of using collage in the context of academic development at her institution. I think the opportunities are endless and the more we explore the more diverse tools and approaches we add to our toolkit to make learning and teaching stimulating. 

Wishing you all a lovely summer and thank you for joining us on this journey this academic year.


collaging in action, source


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