The ReF is coming to the #greenhouse ;)

Hello everybody,

We are very excited about our ReF – No, not the Research Excellence Framework! Or the arbitrator of a football game, but a New topic for our February Greenhouse gathering on the 5th of February from 12-2pm in the All Saints Building Room 105.

We are very fortunate to have with us Gail Spencer from our Cheshire Campus who will introduce us to felt making with a pedagogic purpose. The idea is to use it as a tool to develop and deepen reflection through a creative making process. And this is what ReF really stands for.

ReF is linked to Chrissi’s Pedagogic Innovators (or short #pin) project to gain insights into how the people behind innovations in learning and teaching are perceived and/or see themselves and how we can help innovators to spread the bug and create innovating cultures. Artefacts created will be shared at a later stage in a special exhibition and used as visual data for the project. The information sheet and consent form linked to #pin can be accessed here.

Join us on the 5th of February. This event is open to staff and students. Please register your interest here as there are limited places available due to resources required.

If you are not yet a member of the Greenhouse, please access the following link to consider this. We are a community of creative and innovative practitioners from across the university and further afield. Here comes the link

Gail Spencer graduated in Ceramics and taught ceramics for 6 years – Wolverhampton College of Adult Education, Beacon Centre (for the blind and partially sighted, Wolverhampton), New Cross Hospital, Bilston Community College and a centre for adults with physical and additional disabilities. Worked at the Coalport China Museum, Ironbridge and have been a practising Ceramicist for over 20 years. Gail has additional interests in papermaking, felt and batik. (Have delivered ceramic workshops to local schools, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery and the Nantwich Food Festival).

Gail works at MMU as a Technical Officer supporting Teacher Trainees – within the field of Art, Design & Technology and Computing and widely supports other areas within Education. She also supports the use of iPads and iPad Minis within the Faculty, as well as working for the Digital Services Team.

We would like to ask you to bring the following with you:
– an old towel or 2
– empty washing up bottle
– 2 pieces of bubble wrap (small bubbles) about A3 size
– a big big portion of creativity

Barbara Thomas, HE consultant, who supports the #pin project will also join us.

See you in February.

Gail and her Underfelters
Mike Lowe and Chrissi Nerantzi

If you can’t join the workshop, please consider completing the survey at