A proposal by Stephanie James, Head of the School of Visual Arts at The Arts University Bournemouth (?The Art School Gallery; understanding the effectiveness of galleries in the HE sector?) has been awarded funding by the Leadership Foundation Small Development Project (SDP). Stephanie?s findings from the study will help to develop a wider external reputation for the newly extended Gallery at the University.

The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education is a body established by and for the sector; contributing to the effectiveness of the sector by providing a dedicated service of support and advice on leadership, governance and management for the UK?s universities and colleges. As part of that contribution, it invites proposals from member institutions for funding for SDPs. The scheme supports innovative activities that would not usually attract funding from within an institution, or that would not be viable without an element of external funding, with the outcome being a clear benefit to the wider higher education community to learn from the process and outcomes of the project.

Stephanie James? proposal was selected from over 50 proposals in the sector. The project, which will be undertaken over the next 12 months, will investigate the effectiveness of the programming and management of Galleries based in and largely funded by Universities and Colleges. It will evaluate the impact on the learning environment and will enable in-depth research to take place that will for the first time bring together stakeholders to develop a framework for determining the way in which leaders assess effectiveness and evaluate the impact of the ?Art School? Gallery. An important outcome from the project will be to establish a network of senior staff from higher education institutions across the UK who have a direct responsibility for Galleries in their institutions who can share knowledge, experience and expertise from their specific ?body?; and relate it to the learning, teaching and research associated with creative art, design and media curricula.

Stephanie commented ?I am delighted that my proposal has been selected to receive funding from the LF. I am looking forward to exploring the important role that our Gallery plays within the Arts University and the impact it has within the wider HE sector.?

The Arts University?s Gallery showcases work from contemporary international artists and collections from other galleries and museums. It offers an exclusive space in the South West for the contemporary arts; its text + work programme invites artists to develop exhibitions and events in partnership with writers and critics who provide supportive narrative in the form of published text to accompany the exhibitions.