A sense of belonging is considered one of the most important needs of students in their learning. The pandemic has deepened feelings of ‘unbelonging’ among many higher education students as it has exacerbated existing inequalities.
This QAA Collaborative Enhancement Project 2021 is a collaboration between three art and design universities spanning Scotland and England. The project, led by colleagues from University of the Arts London, partners with Glasgow School of Art and Leeds Arts University.
The project will identify approaches to assessment that nurture belonging through meaningful, compassionate interactions and practices.
Photo credit:Textile with geometric pattern by Emily Boxall. Undergraduate (BA) (Hons) Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts. Copyright: University of the Arts London
By its conclusion in November 2022, the project will deliver a number of open-source outcomes that will be shared with the HE sector:
- A symposium on compassionate assessment
- a briefing paper on the project’s activity
- a blog documenting the organic development of materials and providing a space for exchange of ideas
- and a participatory digital resource.
The project is funded by QAA and supported by the Teaching, Learning and Employability Exchange at UAL.
- Vikki Hill (Project Lead)
Educational Developer: Attainment (Identity and Cultural Experience)
Teaching, Learning and Employability Exchange
- Liz Bunting
Educational Developer: Academic Enhancement
London College of Fashion, UAL
- Dr Emily Salines
Head of Education Programme
Queen Mary University of London
- Dr Neil Currant
Educational Developer (Reward and Recognition)
Glasgow School of Art
- Allan Atlee
Deputy Director Academic,
- Dr Marianne Greated
Academic Development Lead for the School of Fine Art
- Dr Thea Stevens
Academic Development Lead School of Design
- Robert Mantho
Academic Development Lead for the Mackintosh School of Architecture
Leeds Arts University
- Professor Samantha Broadhead
Head of Research
- Peter Hughes
Academic Development Manager
- Dr Laura da Costa
Access and Participation Development Manager