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Friday, 24 February 2012

FROM THE ARCHIVE - Qualitative rather than Quantitative: the assessment of arts education

To  celebrate Networks' 5th year in publication, we are resurrecting some pertinent feature articles that were originally published in hard copies of the magazine. Another article will be added each week; we hope that you will find these of interest.

The first of these articles, first published in May 2007: Networks Issue 1, is now available at: 

Qualitative rather than Quantitative: the assessment of arts education
John Danvers, University of Plymouth

This paper addresses concerns about quantitative systems of assessment on a taught MA programme in Fine Art. It is clear, however, that the issues raised have significance and application across a broad spectrum of art, design and media subjects and levels.


EVENTS - Seminars by Theme
Various institutions across the UK
Various dates

The Higher Education Academy provide UK subscribing institutions delivering Higher Education, the opportunity to promote research and evidence that has informed departmental and institutional policy and/or practice through their Workshop and Seminar Series.

The workshops and seminars in the thematic areas of assessment and feedback; retention and success and internationalisation are now available. Each seminar will be hosted and delivered by an HE institution and will focus on aspects of learning and teaching.
For more information
NEWS – JISC Netskills workshops

Through face-to-face workshops, online delivery and training materials Netskills offer engaging and practical training on topics relating to the effective use of technology. JISC Netskills is a JISC Advance service hosted at Newcastle University.
For more information on upcoming workshops
NEWS – BUFVC training courses

The British Universities Film & Video Council run regular one day courses and workshops, promoting subjects related to the use of moving image in learning, teaching and research.
For more information on upcoming courses

EVENT - Writing Practice: A Celebration of Writing Pad

Exploring The Rhythms Of  Writing Practice in Art, Design & Performance
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
30 March 2012

This day conference offers a group of workshops and talks exploring the rhythms of writing practice in art, design and performance and address new areas of public engagement through situating writing beyond the limits of the academic institution.

In the week before the event, you will have the chance to participate in a Manifesto of Writing Practice, which can be accessed by visiting Arnolfini, but also through electronic social networking on twitter and facebook.

2012 is the 10 year anniversary of the Writing-PAD Project and 5 years since the foundation of the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (JWCP) and since the project became the self-funded Writing-PAD Network.

The purpose for this participative wall of statements is to publish the purposes and possibilities of writing practice for artists, designers and performers. Give them your dreams, desires and hopes for what writing practice can, could, or should be in 140 characters, or go and write or draw on the wall in the gallery.

NEWS – new Moving Image Review & Art Journal, 1.1 free online

Intellect has published a new journal

The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) is the first international peer-reviewed scholarly publication devoted to artists' film and video, and its contexts. It offers a forum for debates surrounding all forms of artists' moving image and media artworks: films, video installations, expanded cinema, video performance, experimental documentaries, animations, and other screen-based works made by artists. MIRAJ aims to consolidate artists' moving image as a distinct area of study that bridges a number of disciplines, not limited to, but including art, film, and media.

Intellect are offering issue 1.1 for FREE online: http://bit.ly/vZzdUf

Thursday, 23 February 2012

EVENT - GLAD Conference 2012

It started with a KIS! GLAD Conference
Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Kingston University, Knights Park, Kingston
25 April 2012

Responding to the HEFCE requirement for all courses to publish Key Information Sets (KIS) for prospective students in 2012, this year's GLAD conference will offer delegates an opportunity to learn more about these KIS statements. 

The conference will focus on three components of the KIS statements; national student survey scores, contact hours and employment statistics collected six months after graduation. 

There is updated information on the website at: 

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

CALL – for papers for 4th European Communication Conference

ECREA 2012
Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
 24-27 October 2012

Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2012
The European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the Turkish Communication Research Association (ILAD), together with Istanbul Bilgi University, welcome the submission of abstracts for this conference.
The general theme of the conference is ‘Social Media-Global Voices’. The organisers call for proposals in all fields of communication and media studies, but particularly invite conceptual, empirical, and methodological proposals on social media and global communication phenomena and/or on comparative research.

CALL - for papers for First International Symposium for Creative Pattern Cutting

University of Huddersfield
6 – 7 February 2013                   

Deadline for all submitted abstracts: 1 April 2012

This symposium will examine creative pattern cutting within contemporary fashion and it aims to provide a platform for pattern cutters, fashion designers, students, and educators to explore the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting.

Selected papers will be published in a special edition in The International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, Volume 6, Issue 2, published in July 2013, guest edited by Kevin Almond.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Write a review - Putting the 'S' into ED - Education for Sustainable Development in Educational Development

We have the new SEDA Special, Putting the 'S' into ED - Education for Sustainable Development in Educational Development, available for review.  If you work in UK-based art, design or media higher education and are interested in reviewing it, please get in touch: d.flint@brighton.ac.uk.  Selected reviews are published in Networks.  Reviewers can claim £50 worth of book tokens and can keep the review copy. See http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/networks/submissions for submission details.

Monday, 20 February 2012

EVENT - Doctoring Practice Symposium

Bath School of Art and Design, Sion Hill Lecture Theatre, Sion Hill Place, Bath
27 April 2012   9.30am - 4.30pm

An invitation to practice led PhD researchers, PhD supervisors and anyone with an interest in art and design practice led research.

To accompany the Doctoring Practice exhibition at Bath Spa School of Art and Design (26 April to 18 May), the Symposium will focus specifically on creative practice led PhD research with presentations from the exhibitors and other speakers to be confirmed.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Glenn Adamson, Head of Research V&A.

Fee £25 for the day, £10 for students and the unwaged, to include lunch and light refreshments. Places are limited so please book early.   
Enquiries to Adele Milton a.milton@bathspa.ac.uk    01225 875533

For more information on the location of Sion Hill campus (Please note that parking at the site is restricted.)

The Symposium has been organised by Kate Wilson and other PhD Researchers at BSAD and funded by the BSU Graduate School and BSAD.