Schools and colleges need to be vibrant, inspiring places. Teachers/staff need to be just as vibrant and inspiring in order to give a rich and far-reaching experience.

In collaboration with The Southern Universities Network (SUN) the University aims to bring teachers /educators from across the south together to undertake creative practices which complement and inform their teaching practice. Held at AUB and Southampton Art Gallery these sessions allow teaching staff to improve skills in state-of-the art studios, whilst they explore a range of creative disciplines through practical application. In 2016/17 subject focused workshops were offered in creative writing, life drawing, image editing, and printmaking; which created an opportunity where relevant staff had the space and time to be expressive and creative though drawing inspiration and knowledge from practising artists.

“Great to do some printmaking, enjoyed working collaboratively – this could be used with groups of GCSE students.” (Budmouth College)

“Digital editing – Excellent to test free software which can be used in school with KS3.” (Cranbourne Middle School)

“I attended to have time to develop my creativity. To meet other art teachers. To get ideas on bringing literacy into my art and photography classes.” (Richard Taunton College)

“This opportunity enables me to enrich my teaching toolkit. To get inspired and meet other creative individuals. To learn or discover new ways of approaching drawing and creativity. The writing workshop was really interesting from an art teacher point of view.” (Ryde Academy)

The Southern Universities Network (SUN)

The Southern Universities Network is a partnership of six universities and is the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) formally recognised Single Point of Contact in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight for state-funded 11-16 schools.

Comprising the Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth University, Southampton Solent University, University of Portsmouth, University of Southampton, and University of Winchester, this exciting new partnership aims to ensure that state-funded secondary schools and colleges in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight know how to access widening participation and outreach activities and resources.

For more information, contact the Widening Participation office on +44 1202 363209