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Arts Education Research Re-drawn

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The COVID-19 lockdown has highlighted the importance of the arts in providing social cohesion and wellbeing. From videos of socially distanced singing on balconies to painted NHS rainbows in windows, we have seen the value of creative pursuits for all ages. However, the pandemic has also posed a threat to the arts, with the closure of creative hubs such as schools, and the economic crisis faced by the creative industries.

This webinar will consist of presentations which had been originally scheduled for the BERA 2020 Annual Conference.

We look forward to sharing this quality arts education research during this unique time, when the arts faces unprecedented challenges, and yet its importance has never been so clear. We would like to invite all presenters and attendees to consider how arts education provision can continue in social distancing, remote and blended learning environments, and how arts education research can respond to these changes. We hope to conclude the webinar with a discussion of this issue from our presenters and attendees.

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Laura Louise Nicklin, Dr

Lecturer at University of Wolverhampton

Dr Laura Nicklin completed her PhD February 2020, investigating Shakespeare Prison education projects. Laura has spent the last few years as a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, after previously working in the...

Lindsay Ibbotson, Mrs

First Thing Music Project Lead at Durham University

First Thing Music – Project Lead, a randomised control trial, funded in 2018/19 by the Education Endowment Foundation and the Royal Society for the Arts, that investigated the impact of daily musical activities on the development outcomes of...

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Carol Wild, Ms

MA Programme Lead at University of Warwick

Carol has worked across all phases of education as an artist, teacher, mentor, and researcher. She has led postgraduate programmes in education for many years, designing creative CPD for busy teachers and supporting individuals and groups in...

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Anna CohenMiller, Dr

Assistant Professor and Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars at Nazarbayev University

Dr. Cohen Miller is an arts-based educational methodologist who focuses on equity and inclusion in higher education in Kazakhstan and internationally. For over 17 years, she has been working to facilitate the success of mothers in academia...

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Sophie Ward, Dr

Associate Professor at Durham University

Dr Sophie Ward is an Associate Professor of Education. She joined the School of Education in 2011 after completing a BA, MA and PhD in Education at Durham University. Sophie’s research interests include neoliberalism and education; creativity;...

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Simon James, Professor

Professor at Durham University

Professor Simon James’s research interests are largely in the literary culture of the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century periods, especially late-Victorian and Edwardian fiction. He has co-curated the following exhibitions at Palace Green...

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Kate James, Ms

Programme Manager

Kate James is a freelance programmer, producer and operations/project manager, working in the creative industries. Throughout her career, Kate has worked on festivals, such as Lumiere and Durham BRASS, educational and cultural outreach...

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Chris Brown, Professor

Professor in Education and Director of Research at University of Warwick

Chris Brown is Professor in Education and Director of Research at the University of Warwick’s Department of Education Studies and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Tübingen. Chris has a long-standing interest in how people go...

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Dimitra Kokotsaki, Professor

Associate Professor in Education at Durham University

Dr Dimitra Kototsaki is an Associate Professor at the School of Education at Durham University. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on pupil engagement, teacher education, the Arts in Education and supervises research students. She...

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Jade Wigham, Miss

Durham University

Jade Wigham has a BSc (Hons) in psychology and an MSc in developmental psychology and psychopathology. Her research interests include social functioning in atypical development and children’s transition from primary to secondary school.

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Aigul Rakisheva, Mrs

Research Assistant at Nazarbayev University

Master of Science in Educational Leadership. She has almost five years of experience as a teacher and content manager in Kazakhstani universities. Currently, she works as a Research assistant at KERA (Kazakhstan Educational Research Association),...


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Adam Hart, Dr

Lecturer in Music Technology at University of Salford

Dr Adam Hart is a lecturer in music technology at the University of Salford. He has a background in secondary education and audio programming, and his research interests involve creative advocacy through interactive technology. His PhD project...