Graphics and Communication

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 trained as a Design Historian and Graphic Designer. She is Associate Professor and an award- winning teacher – a National Teaching Fellow, Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA) and worked as HEA Academic Associate. Her extensive teaching experience and creative innovative pedagogies are recognised internationally. Her research includes graphic design history; packaging; plastic; flock; teaching excellence; creative pedagogies and object-based learning & teaching. She has authored a range of published work including the chapter in Engaging the Senses: Object-Based Learning in HE (2015) that evidences her expertise in objects as learning tools. Her PhD focused on food packaging & fictitious people.

Kirsten is co-founding President, International Federation National Teaching Fellows and past Chair, Association National Teaching Fellows. Kirsten was member of the HEA Art, Design and Media (ADM) Management Advisory Board and as Chair, HEA ADM Subject Centre created its Teaching Award Scheme. Kirsten was advisor & External Assessor for key universities’ Teaching Fellowship Awards and developed AUB’s initial Teaching Fellowship Scheme. She was Project Leader HEA NTF Group Project Creative Interventions: valuing and assessing creativity in student work-related learning in the public and not-for-profit sectors (2008-2010). She has secured  significant funding/awards from universities, Arts Council, HEA and the AHRC. Kirsten is Associate Editor for the Higher Education Pedagogies journal & editorial board member Creativity & Human Development journal and the Message journal. Her international collaborative and advisory roles include External Examinerships and consultancy work (e.g. UK, China).

She is an experienced conference & event organiser and has curated numerous exhibitions including the world’s first flock exhibition (Textiles Society Award, 2008). She created AUB’s registered design museum and was awarded AHRC funding (2004). She works with museums nationally and worked on the creation of, and taught upon, the MA Museums & Collections, Bournemouth University. Her peer review work includes: ISSOTL Journal; Message Journal; HEA NTF Scheme; and Assoc. of Illustrators journal. Regularly invited as validation external panel member, external examiner keynote & speaker at international conferences, Kirsten has presented throughout Europe, Canada, USA, Asia and Australia. Her membership includes: Group for Learning in Art & Design committee; Graphic Design Educators’ Network; and Ephemera Society Executive Council. She was committee member of the Design History Society. She has worked as Head of Department, Cultural and Historical Studies and has taught across numerous art & design disciplines.

Professional practice

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

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

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 – ongoing collaborative work with Fostering Linkages in Academic Innovation and Research Programme, Government of Kerala).

2012 to 2017 – Academic Associate HEA

2011 Member ADMHEA Management Advisory Board

2011 – 2013 Member: AUB Learning & Teaching Strategy Development Group

2010-2011 Elected Chair HEA Subject Centre Art Design & 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 of ADM HEA Fellowship Steering Group – created Fellowship Framework.

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

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

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

External Examinerships

2017 –  Cass School of Art

2016- 2019 Birmingham City Uni. and Walsall College.

2017 –  Wuhan Uni. China.

2013-2017 Sheffield Hallam Uni.

2012-2016 Coventry Uni.

2009-2013 Nottingham Trent Uni. and 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.

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

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

Professional memberships

  • 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 (2014–2019)
  • 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)
  • AUB (2003–present)


  • 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)


  • x 2 grants awarded Higher Education Academy Workshop funding (2013–2013)
  • Higher Education Academy Workshop (2012–2012)
  • University of Brighton PhD research - presentations at two conference in Canada (2010)
  • £200, 000 National Teaching Fellow Group Project 'Creative Interventions' - collaborative projECt with University of the Arts London and University of Surrey, £200,000. (2008–2010)
  • University of Brighton - to support PhD research work at General Mills Archive, Minneapolis, USA (2005)
  • National Teaching Fellow, £50,000 (2004)
  • Arts University Bournemouth - funding to support 'To Boldly Go' innovative design exhibition (2000)

Research Specialism

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 symposiium  at 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  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).

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: Object-based learning & teaching; Posters as Tools for Learning; Signature Pedagogies; Problem-Based Learning; Role Play; HE Design Collections;  Excellence and Fellowships. 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 and is regularly invited as keynote speaker at universities regarding her pedagogic expertise and research.

Research Supervision

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

She is keen to support researchers interested in packaging design; object-based learning and design history.

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