UAL Professor Susan Orr, Dean of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, Professor in Creative Practice Pedagogy at UAL, has been appointed by HEFCE as a member of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel. Susan is the sole representative of Arts education on the Academic Panel, which comprises thirteen leading academics from universities across the UK.
TEF is a significant and important initiative which will shape the sector; the TEF panel will comprise individuals from a range of different organisations and will be responsible for deciding the assessment outcomes, based on recommendations and advice from a wider pool of academic and student assessors. UAL has already put the art and design case with some success and we are delighted to have a senior member of our staff on the panel. Over 1,200 applications were received by HEFCE for the roles available, so this represents a recognition of the importance of UAL nationally as well as of Susan’s national standing as a learning and teaching expert and leader.
Prior to taking up her current position, Susan was Associate Dean and Acting PVC for the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University. She has also worked at York St John University as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Susan is a Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University. At UAL she leads the Teaching and Learning Exchange which comprises three teams; Arts Education, Careers and Employability and Digital Learning. Susan leads on the development and implementation of the UAL Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy. Susan studied at University College London (BSc, MA and ED D). Her research focuses on assessment and creative pedagogy and she has published extensively on the subject of art and design teaching and learning. Susan is editor of Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education journal, and is on the editorial board of Teaching in Higher Education. Susan is on the Steering Group for the European League of Institutes of Arts Teachers’ Academy and is on the Executive of GLAD (Group for Learning in Art and Design). She is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and a National Teaching Fellow.
Susan is also the editor of Spark: UAL’s Creative Teaching and Learning Journal, which is a new open-access online journal for university teachers, researchers and students with a focus on exploring all aspects of teaching and learning in arts, design and communication.