I work full time as Director of Academic Quality and Development at the University of Winchester, and alongside this have a longstanding external life as a speaker, facilitator, examiner, editor and adviser. These activities feed into and inform each other in important ways, not least in my role as a Professor of Learning and Teaching and my ongoing support of academic professional development.
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Talks, keynotes and workshops
In the UK I have been invited to speak or provide a creativity/LEGO workshop at many universities; including Aberystwyth, Anglia Ruskin, Aston, Kingston, Bedfordshire, Birmingham, Cass Business School, Christchurch Canterbury, De Montfort, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Middlesex, London South Bank,Ruskin School of Art, Southampton Solent, Surrey, UAL, Warwick, Westminster, Wolverhampton, and the HEA Conference, and the National Playwork Conference in Eastbourne.
I have spoken at numerous locations in the States, keynoting at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and running workshops at the Universities of Virginia, Maryland and a knowledge exchange visit to the University of Pennsylvania, among others. My most recent trip is immortalised in the photo below, taken in the Crown Room of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, Feb 2018. Stephen Brookfield and I were doing a play and creativity workshop for the Learning and the Brain conference, hosted with Stanford University. It was 8.15 on a Saturday morning and I thought no-one would come, or if they did, it would be for the incredible views of the bay. Thankfully the room was packed and participation was great – 150 of us committed to the case of play in further and higher education.
I also have ‘annual fixtures’ with a number of organisations, facilitating and leading workshops around assessment, learning and teaching, staff and educational development and change.
Highlights – up and coming and been and gone
January……….my annual Assessment Day for the Society of Cosmetic Scientists
February……..book launches for The Power of Play: Creativity in Tertiary Learning
April…………Play and Creativity Festival at Winchester. This year three days instead of a week but it will be packed!
June…………..Keynote at Edinburgh Napier Learning and Teaching Day
July…………….Keynote, Playful Learning Conference, Leicester
December 5th ….talk at King’s London about LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® in business management education
November 13 and 26…..using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY to explore research, running two workshops at the University of Manchester, with Methods@Manchester and at the University of Sheffield for the White Rose Partnership
November 15…webinar for SUN on play and creativity in further and higher education
November 7 I was also delighted to support my great colleague Professor Marcus Leaning as he received his NTF in Edinburgh…
October 15/16….thrilled to bits to be invited to Abertay University by Alastair Robertson, Director https://playandcreativityfestival.wordpress.comof Learning & Teaching Enhancement, for their excellent conference on Learning through Co-Design. I ran a workshop exploring co-design with LEGO at the newly opened V&A Dundee which was a joy, and then gave a keynote on play, creativity and co-design the next day. Also got to see RSS Discovery and have a whizz round the McManus Museum. Both stunning and I can’t wait to go back.
September 6/7 I attended a two day briefing in Paris at the OECD with my colleague Professor Paul Sowden, spearheading the University’s involvement in a multinational research project into fostering and assessing creativity. Details here.
July …at Winchester I ran my annual LEGO workshop for primary school students seeking to understand what university might be like for them, through our Juniversity project – a fantastic initiative to open doors, widen horizons and raise aspirations. The children see it as coming to Hogwarts! Here’s one we made earlier…
May 17…SEDA webinar on play and creativity for staff and educational developers
May 9… I ran my annual workshop on assessment for the Society of Cosmetic Scientists in Piccadilly – a great day and chance to work with diverse specialists working in a dispersed, online domain.
January…awayday at Marwell Zoo with University of Portsmouth colleagues, facilitating a departmental exploration of a new vision with LEGO
These are just a few examples. More to follow!