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Focus on Programme Leader

The role of Programme Leader is a critical one in any art, design and creative media faculty and seen as a necessary step to career progression. But with its focus on staff management, administration and top down and bottom up pressure, how can we re-shape this role to make it one to aspire to?

This seminar is aimed at existing and aspiring Programme / Course Leaders and will explore the evolving role of Programme Leader. It is designed to appeal to a wide range of art and design educators considering career progression, aspiring to leadership or keen to explore whether a leadership role is something they want in their next academic role. Joining a small group of peers, we will create a safe space to discuss the positive and negative issues surrounding the Programme Leader role.

The seminar will cover:

  • Reframing the role of programme leader ‘’It’s a great opportunity’’
  • The leadership challenge and career progression
  • Perception and criticality in the department
  • Inclusive leadership (setting high standards for inclusivity across your programme area)
  • Alternatives to the traditional Programme Leader model


25 Oct 2022


9:30 am - 2:30 pm



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Council for Higher Education in Art and Design
0203 040 3631
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  • Dr Gemma Marmalade
    Dr Gemma Marmalade
    Programme Leader BA (Hons) BA Hons Photography & Assistant Head of Discipline for Arts and Media in the School of Arts, University of Derby

    Dr. Gemma Marmalade is a British artist and academic, leading the BA Hons Photography programme at the University of Derby and Assistant Head of Discipline for Arts and Media within the School of Arts.
    Her broad practice playfully negotiates experimental performance with its visual and sounded documents to reveal unanticipated and extraordinary outcomes from normative experiences.
    Gemma’s Ph.D. is from The Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Marjorie Barrick Museum, Las Vegas; The Apulia Film Commission, Bari; and the State Museum of Gulag, Moscow.

  • Richard Waring
    Richard Waring
    Course Leader, Arts University Bournemouth

    Gaining valuable experience at several educational institutions, Richard has enjoyed working at Cardiff School of Art, Plymouth College of Art, Swindon School of Art and Derby City College. Richard is now the course leader for the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree at Arts University Bournemouth and works with an outstanding team of staff to help design the curriculum for an excellent learning experience.

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