Staff browserGraphics and Communication

Dr. Kirsten Hardie

Principal Lecturer – 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, a National Teaching Fellow (awarded 2004) and Associate Professor, teaches Graphic Design History/ Theory. She is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and an HEA Academic Associate. Kirsten (BA (Hons) History of Design & the Visual Arts,  MA Graphic Design and PhD) has developed an international reputation for innovative pedagogy. In 2004 she was invited to HM Queen Elizabeth 2 Reception in Celebration of Excellence in Teaching. Kirsten is co-founder and Co-President of the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows and is immediate past Chair Committee Association of National Teaching Fellows. Her research, scholarly & professional activities extend across a range of diverse fields and her collaborative and advisory roles include External Examinerships and consultancy work. Kirsten was Chair, the HEA Subject Centre Art, Design and Media  & created its Learning and Teaching Award Scheme and developed AUB’s Teaching Fellowship Scheme. She was Learning and Teaching Officer, Design History Society Committee. Kirsten is regularly invited as keynote, validation external panel member and external examiner. A popular speaker and workshop facilitator, she presents at conferences globally. Kirsten continues to develop innovative methodologies. Her ‘On Trial’ project has produced various publications. Kirsten 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 co-created the cross-institution Undergraduate Graphic Design Research Symposium with Annie Grove-White. Her research includes art & design pedagogy; creativity; kitsch and flock. Her PhD researched food packaging & fictitious people. She has authored a range of articles and papers and is an experienced conference and event organiser. She has curated numerous exhibitions including co-curator of the world’s first flock exhibition (2008). She created AUB’s registered design museum and secured an AHRC award (2004) for the collaborative plasticsnetwork project. Her pedagogic research includes work with colleagues internationally and conference papers and publications. Her peer review work includes: ISSOTL Teaching and Learning Inquiry Journal; Message Journal; numerous HEA funding applications and Teaching Development Grants; HEA NTF Scheme, NTF Project and PhD programme applications (2007-2011); Palgrave Macmillan; Varoom journal (Assoc. of Illustrators); External Assessor, Uni. of East London Teaching Fellowship Scheme (2010-2012); Design History Society (2007-2011); ADMHEA Projects and Fellowship Scheme (2005 – 2011); ConnectED, Australia. Kirsten is Associate Editor for Higher Education Pedagogies journal. She is committee member of Group for Learning in Art & Design (GLAD).

Professional practice

Awarded an HEA NTF, Kirsten was invited to Queen Elizabeth 2 Reception in recognition of Excellence in Teaching in 2004. She has significant teaching experience (since 1987) and has taught across numerous art, design and media disciplines and levels. She has an international reputation for creative & dynamic pedagogic practice working with colleagues from various disciplines including law, museums and manufacturers. Her activities include:

2016 to date – Founding Co-President International Federation of 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 2012 to date – Academic Associate HEA. 2011 Member ADMHEA Management Advisory Board. 2010-2011 Elected Chair HEA Subject Centre Art Design & Media (ADMHEA) Art and Design Reference Group; 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. 2009 – co-creator of collaborative annual Designs on Research Undergraduate Research Project – working with AUB, Cardiff. Met. Uni.(2009, 2010 and 2011) and Coventry Uni. 2011 and Malaysia, 2012. External Examinerships 2016- 2019 Birmingham City Uni. 2013-2017 Sheffield Hallam Uni. 2012-2016 Coventry Uni. 2009-2013 Nottingham Trent Uni. and KBU, Malaysia 2009-2014 Glasgow Caledonian Uni. 2006-2010 Cardiff College of Art, UWIC 2006-2010 Staffordshire Uni. 2001-2006 Uni. of Plymouth.

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

Kirsten is founding member of the Graphic Design Educators’ Network and Committee Secretary.

Professional memberships

  • Co-President of International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (2016–to present)
  • Committee member of the Group for Learning in Arts and Design (2015–to present)
  • Elected Committee Member Group for Learning in Art and Design (GLAD) (2014–present)
  • Graphic Design Educators' Network (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–present)
  • International Society of Contemporary Legend Research (2004–2013)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (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 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.

Research Supervision

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

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