Co-working, exploring the ways teacher-practitioners shape students’ learning experience in fashion and textiles higher education

Jake Leith, Malcolm Mcinnes

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In this study teacher-practitioners are professional practitioners working in fashion and textiles businesses and teaching within fashion and textiles subjects in higher education (HE). S/he contributes to teaching within an institutional setting and may also support the student experience in other contexts, for example, as a host in a workplace-learning environment. The Co-working project explores the experiences of fashion and textile teacher-practitioners in HE, and observes how they facilitate student learning and enhance student employability in the fashion and textiles industry. The research was undertaken in late 2009 and early 2010. The report aims to inform HE’s understanding of the role of teacher-practitioners and focuses on: • What motivates fashion and textiles industry professionals to teach? • What are the teacher-practitioners’ perceptions of their roles in shaping graduate learning outcomes and attributes? • How do teacher-practitioners perceive the benefits to and limitations on their practice? • How do students view the benefits and limitations of the teacher-practitioners? • How are professionals supported in their roles as teacher-practitioners?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2011
EventUKADIA (United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions’ Association) 2011 Conference - Sadler’s Wells, London
Duration: 8 Feb 2011 → …


ConferenceUKADIA (United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions’ Association) 2011 Conference
Period8/02/11 → …

Bibliographical note

This paper presentation focused on new thinking since the publication of the case study (authored by Leith/McInnes) as part of the HEA-ADM/CETLD Co-working report. ‘Co-working the ways teacher-practitioners shape students’ learning experiences in Fashion & Textiles Higher Education’ was central to the authors' presentation at the RIBA launch in July 2010 and which informed the UKADIA presentation in February 2011.

The UKADIA 2011 National Conference was held at Sadler’s Wells London, and took the theme of ‘Cultural Growth’. The conference focused on the contribution of specialist arts education in the UK economy and society, in terms of enabling our students to flourish upon graduation, contributing to research and knowledge transfer, and working towards a higher level of diversity in the creative industries. This was the second conference to have been held since UKADIA incorporated the National Arts Learning Network (NALN).

Two of the reports published in part with UKADIA, 'Creating Prosperity: The Role of Higher Education in Driving the UK’s Creative Economy' and 'Creative Graduates: Creative Futures', were both featured in workshop presentations alongside the 'Stepping Out' presentation.

Speakers included David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, Ian Brinkley, Director of Socio-Economic Programmes, The Work Foundation, Steve Besley, Head of Policy (UK and International), Pearson Education and Tamara Howe, Chief Operating Officer, BBC Children’s, and Sir Christopher Frayling, former Rector of the Royal College of Art and former Chair of Arts Council England.


  • Art
  • Design
  • case study
  • teacher-practitioner
  • student learning experience
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • economic growth
  • research and knowledge transfer
  • creative industries


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