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Dr Kirsten Hardie

Associate Professor and National Teaching Fellow – Graphic Design

Associate Professor, PhD; National Teaching Fellow, MA Graphic Design; BA (Hons) History of Design and the Visual Arts; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Kirsten is Associate Professor and an award-winning teacher – a UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) National Teaching Fellow (awarded 2004); Fellow of HEA; and Convenor, OneHE Global Subject Centre: Arts. Her extensive creative innovative pedagogies are recognised internationally. Trained as a Design Historian and a Graphic Designer, her PhD investigated food packaging, brands & fictitious people. Her research includes graphic design; packaging; plastic; artificial flowers; flock; teaching excellence; and object-based learning. She has authored a range of published work relating to her research.

Kirsten is co-founding President, International Federation National Teaching Fellows and past Chair, Association National Teaching Fellows. She is Vice Chair, Group for Learning in Art and Design (GLAD). She was a founder member of Graphic Design Educators’ Network; HEA Art, Design & Media (ADM) Management Advisory Board member; Chair, HEA ADM Reference Group, where she created its Teaching Award Scheme. She served as HEA Academic Associate.

Kirsten has experience as an advisor & External Assessor working for a number of universities’ Teaching Fellowship Awards and developed AUB’s inaugural Teaching Fellowship Scheme. She has significant funding/awards success with universities, Arts Council, HEA and the AHRC. She was Project Leader HEA NTF Group Project Creative Interventions: valuing & assessing creativity in student work-related learning in the public & not-for-profit sectors (£200, 000 HEA funding). Kirsten is Associate Editor, Higher Education Pedagogies journal; editorial board member Creativity & Human Development journal and Message journal. Her international collaborative and advisory roles include External Examinerships, consultancy work and extensive peer review work, for example for ISSOTL Journal; Varoom, Assoc. of Illustrators journal; Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium.

She is an experienced conference & event organiser and has curated numerous exhibitions including the world’s first flock exhibition (Arts Council funded & Textiles Society Award, 2008). She created AUB’s registered design museum and was awarded AHRC funding for its Plasticsnetwork project. She works with museums and co-created and taught upon, the MA Museums & Collections, Bournemouth University. Regularly invited as validation external panel member, keynote & speaker at international organisations and conferences, Kirsten has presented extensively internationally.

Kirsten is Ephemera Society Executive Council member. She was a committee member of the Design History Society. She has worked as Head of Department, Cultural and Historical Studies and has extensive teaching experience.

Awarded an HEA NTF, Kirsten was invited to Queen Elizabeth 2 Reception in recognition of Excellence in Teaching, 2004.

She has taught across numerous art, design and media disciplines and levels. Her activities include:

2019 – Invited convener OneHE

2016 to date – Founding Co-President International Federation National Teaching Fellows (see: )

2012 Co-Chair Multinational Teaching Fellow Group (ISSOTL)

2012-2015 Elected Chair Association National Teaching Fellows

2013 Sub-editor of ANTF book For the Love Learning of Learning

2013-2017 collaborative work Fostering Linkages in Academic Innovation & Research Programme, Government of Kerala.

2012-2017 – Academic Associate HEA

2011 Member ADMHEA Management Advisory Board

2011-2013 Member: AUB Learning and Teaching Strategy Development Group

2010-2011 Elected Chair HEA Subject Centre Art Design and Media (ADMHEA) Art & Design Reference Group and Deputy Chair (2009-2010)

2008-2011 Project Leader Creative Interventions NTF Group project 2007-2011 ADMHEA Workshops facilitator

2007 Chair, ADM HEA Fellowship Steering Group – created Fellowship Framework.

1997-2004 Course team member and development of MA Museums and Collections Management, Bournemouth Uni. 1996 Curriculum meeting British Council, Singapore

2009 – co-creator collaborative Designs on Research Undergraduate Research Project – working with AUB, Cardiff. Met. Uni.(2009, 2010 and 2011) & Coventry Uni. 2011 and Malaysia, 2012.

Periodic Review and Validation External Panel Member: Glasgow Caledonia Uni. Bath Spa Uni De Montfort Uni. (x2) Northampton Uni. UCCA (Epsom)

External Examinerships

2019 – De Montfort University 2019 – Central St. Martins 2017 – Cass School of Art

2016-2019 Birmingham City Uni. & Walsall College.

2017-2019 BIFCA, China.

2013-2017 Sheffield Hallam Uni.

2012-2016 Coventry Uni.

2009-2013 Nottingham Trent Uni. & KBU International College, KL, Malaysia

2009-2014 Glasgow Caledonian Uni.

2006-2010 Cardiff College of Art UWIC

2006-2010 Staffs. Uni.

2001-2006 Uni. of Plymouth.

2015 Kirsten successfully undertook Part One, PhD Supervisors programme, UAL.

Kirsten has extensive experience – Learning and Teaching; Academic Board & Research committees; Periodic Reviews and Curriculum development and Creative Pedagogies.

  • Message' Journal Editorial Board (2019–present)
  • OneHE: Art and Design Convenor (2019–present)
  • Co-President of International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (2016–to present)
  • Elected Committee Member Group for Learning in Art and Design (GLAD) (2014–present)
  • Graphic Design Educators' Network (Secretary 2014-2019) (2014–present)
  • Elected member Council of Ephemera Society (2014–present)
  • Elected Chair of Committee Association of the National Teaching Fellows (Events Organiser, 2011) (Elected Chair, 2012) (2012–2015)
  • Co-Chair Multinational Teaching Fellows Group, ISSOTL Special Interest Group (2012–2016)
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (2006–2018)
  • International Society of Contemporary Legend Research (2004–2013)

  • National Teaching Fellow Group Project 'Creative Interventions', £200,000 (2008–2010)
  • The Textile Society Museum/Repository Award (2008)
  • Arts Council – award for international Flock exhibition (2007)
  • National Teaching Fellow (Experienced staff category) - award of £50,000 (2004)
  • AHRC AUB Plasticsnetwork project, £30,000 (2003)

Kirsten’s research ranges across a number of distinct and diverse disciplines including:

Her PhD research focused upon the the role and representation of fictitious brand icons on international food packaging – and notably the fictitious commercial home economist and the iconic Betty Crocker. Her research braided a number of discipline perspectives and approaches including Culinary Studies, Narratology, Folklore/Fakelore, Marketing, Branding and Cultural Studies. She has presented at numerous conference including the Culinary Historians of Canada conference, 2010 and the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, Nova Scotia, 2010.

Her research has created a unique and extensive packaging archive which has informed various projects and currently is the basis for new research into packaging design.

Kirsten’s research into flock – currently towards the first ever book on Flock includes her work with the European Flock Association and flock consultancy work and research. Her research created, working with co-curator P. Langdown, the world’s first flock exhibition – ‘Flockage: the flock phenomenon’ at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth Jan. – Sept.2008 with accompanying symposia at the Hotel Miramar. The exhibition secured Arts Council funding and was awarded the Textile Society’s Museum/Repository Award. The exhibition showcased over 30 international designers, artists and manufacturers. Kirsten was subsequently invited and funded to present at the European Flock Association’s Annual Conference, Berlin, 2009. Kirsten is co-founder of the Flock Friendly Group (FFG) and editor of its newsletter.

Kirsten’s research into Kitsch and Taste; Plastics; and Postwar Popular Design has resulted in numerous conference papers and articles and exhibitions internationally. Her current research into plastic flowers is pending publication.

Kirsten’s pedagogic research includes: Posters as Tools for Learning; Threshold Concepts & Signature Pedagogies; Problem Based Learning; Role Play; Design Collections in HE Institutions. SoTL in Art, Design and Media. Her research has resulted in many international conference papers, workshops and published articles working with students and colleagues internationally.

Kirsten’s research into Graphic Design and Design History created her home institution’s unique registered museum and numerous conference papers and teaching materials. Her work with the museum has resulted in numerous exhibitions, events and collaborative projects with other museums, universities, organisations and schools.

Kirsten works regularly with museums.

In 2015 Kirsten successfully undertook Part One of the PhD Supervisors programme at UAL