National Teaching Fellow

Dr. Kirsten Hardie National Teaching Fellow

Associate Professor and Principal Lecturer in Graphic Design History and Theory
Tel: 01202 363305

Kirsten graduated with BA (Hons) History of Design & the Visual Arts and an MA in Graphic Design. She completed her PhD in 2013. She has extensive teaching experience across a range of levels within art, design and media. Since 1987 she has developed an international reputation for innovative approaches to learning and teaching and a passion for design. In 2004 she was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship and was invited to attend Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2 Reception at Buckingham Palace in Celebration of the British Design Industry and Excellence in Teaching.

Kirsten is Chair of the Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows; Co-Chair of the Multi-National Teaching Fellows Group and elected Executive member of the Group for Learning in Art and Design. Her activities extend to a significant number of collaborative and advisory roles across HE internationally including Peer Reviewer for numerous organisations and External Examinerships. A popular speaker and workshop facilitator, she continues to present at many conferences internationally. Kirsten was member of ADMHEA Management Advisory Board 2010; member of the Executive Committee Design History Society (2004-2008) and Learning & Teaching Officer 2008. As Chair of the Reference Group Art and Design of the Higher Education Subject Centre Art Design and Media she created the Subject Centre’s Teaching Fellowship Scheme.

Kirsten’s research includes scholarship of teaching and learning in art and design; creativity; packaging design; kitsch and flock. She has authored a range of articles and papers and is an experienced conference and event organiser. She has curated numerous exhibitions including co-curatorship of Flockage: the flock phenomenon, the world’s first flock exhibition. She created her home institution’s registered design museum and has secured various funding awards including AHRC and Arts Council funding. From 2008-2010, working with colleagues from the University of the Arts London and the University of Surrey, Kirsten was Project Leader on the ‘Creative Interventions: valuing and assessing creativity in student work-related learning in the public and not-for-profit sectors’ NTF Group Project.

Kirsten’s pedagogic research themes include: threshold concepts; problem-based learning; object-based learning; groupwork; visual plagiarism; notions of excellence and reward schemes and HE art, design & media pedagogy. Kirsten’s NTF On Trial project , experiential, student-centred, problem-based role play learning and teaching inspired by the mock trial of legal education/practice, is used extensively internationally. Her On Trial related research has been published extensively.

For further information relating to Kirsten’s NTF activities and publications please refer to the downloadable PDF within Downloads.