Samantha Broadhead is Head of Research and Programme Leader for the MA Creative Practice. Having studied Visual Arts at Lancaster and Art History at Leeds Metropolitan University her teaching experience is wide-ranging. She has worked on Access courses, undergraduate and postgraduate art and design programmes and has been appointed to the role of external examiner at the University of Salford.

She is currently undertaking research that enquires into the experiences of mature students studying art and design at HE level using narrative inquiry as both a methodology and a critical lens. The ideas of Gert Biesta and Basil Bernstein are re-contextualised within her analysis of art and design education. This is a development of her previous interests in pedagogy within the art school institution and forms the basis of her doctoral study at the University of Sunderland.

She has also been involved with projects funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service that aimed to improve Access students' experiences of transition from further education to higher education by the use of joint practice development.

Participatory action research as a means of developing practices within education has also been an area of interest in Samantha’s work. As part of the newly formed Inclusive Arts Education Forum she is committed to promoting a democratic educational context for students, having published and presented both nationally and internationally in this area.

Contact Sam on 0113 202 8097 or email: sam.broadhead@leeds-art.ac.uk

Chapters in books

Broadhead, S. 2016. ‘Designing experiences: friendship and practical wisdom in the art and design higher education.’ Closing the Gap: Bridges for Access and Lifelong Learning. Forum for Adult and Continuing Education: pp.85-103.

Broadhead, S., 2015. ‘Inclusion in the art and design curriculum: Revisiting Bernstein and 'class' issues.’ in Hatton, K. (ed) 2015. Towards and Inclusive Arts Education, London, Trentham Books @IOE Press.ISBN-10: 1858566541 ISBN-13: 978-1858566542

Broadhead, S., 2012a. ‘Working together: cross-sector practice development in art and design as research-led teaching.’ in What is research-led teaching? Multi-disciplinary perspectives, London, GuildHE.

Broadhead, S., 2008. ‘Tensions between the construction of design knowledge in Art University and School: Implications for students from schools studying in the University context.’ in Hatton, K. (ed) 2008. Design Pedagogy Research, Jeremy Mills Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 9781906600358 190660035X

Conference proceedings

Broadhead, S. 2016. ‘Mature students in art and design higher education: how can we ensure parity of the student experience for part-time with that of full-time?’ Open University Widening Participation Conference 2016 HE: Transforming Lives Through Life-wide Learning? Milton Keynes, 27-28 April, 2016: pp.105-109.

Broadhead, S., 2015. ‘Drawing on experience: mature students and practical wisdom in art and design higher education.’ in the conference proceedings of The Standing Conference of University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA), July 2015.pp.68-75. ISBN: 978-0-907644-09-5

Broadhead, S. and Garland S., 2013. ‘Mind the gap: an evaluation of joint development practice between further and higher education tutors within English design education.’ in the conference proceedings of The 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers: Vol. 1 14-17 May 2013, Oslo, Norway pp. 252-263 ISBN: 978-82-93298-01-4

Journal articles

Broadhead, S., 2014. ‘Inclusion, Democracy and the Pedagogised other in Art and Design Higher Education.’ Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences. Vol 6, issue 1: April 2014, pp. 42-55. DOI: 10.11120/elss.2014.00020

Broadhead, S. and Garland S., 2012b. ‘The Art of Surviving and Thriving: How Well are Access Students Prepared for their Degrees in Art and Design?’ in Networks. Issue 17: April 2012, University of Brighton found at arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/networks/issue-17-april-2012 ISSN: 1756-9648

Broadhead, S., 2004. ‘The challenges for teaching students with Psychopathic Personality Disorder?’ The Prison Service Journal, Issue 151: January 2004, HM Prison Service of England and Wales pp.41-47. ISSN: 0300-3558

Practitioner journal contributions

Broadhead, S., 2015. ‘Five years on: The impact of practitioner research in a small specialist institution.’ InTuition, Issue 22:Winter 2015, p.18.

Broadhead, S., 2012c. ‘British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference 2012 – a tutor’s perspective.’ Inside Evidence Bulletin, Issue 14: Winter 2012, pp. 34-35

Broadhead, S., 2012d. ‘Using action-research evidence to change art studio critiques.’ Inside Evidence Bulletin, Issue 13: Summer 2012, pp. 29-30 

Book reviews

Broadhead, S., 2016. Review of ‘Educational research: taking the plunge,’ by Phil Wood and Joan Smith, Carmarthen, Independent Thinking Press. InTuition, Issue 23:Summer 2016

Broadhead, S., 2016. Review of ‘Art, education and gender: the shaping of female ambition,’ by Gill Hopper, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, in Journal of Gender and Education. DOI:10.1080/09540253.2016.1150012

Invited speaker presentations

From RDF to PhD: The impact of the Research Development Fellowship on my practice. AoC University HE Research and Scholarship Conference. The Studio, Birmingham: 28th June 2016.

I Always Wanted to be Creative: The experiences of Access to HE student in Art and Design: Access to HE Regional Student Representative meeting at Certa House, Wakefield: 14th January 2016.

Studio practice and first in family students: Widening Access and Success: “First in Family” Seminar, 23rd October 2015 at the Open University.

I Always Wanted To Go To Art school: An exploration of the hopes and dreams of post-Access students: Making an entrance? A critical workshop on talent, merit, opportunity and selection in the cultural and creative industries: Organised by Mark Banks and Doris Ruth Eikhof, University of Leicester: Thursday March 5th and Friday March 6th 2015.

Conference presentations

‘I worry about the future’: enhancement, inclusion and participation of non-traditional students in art and design higher education at the Education and Training Foundation Practitioners Research Conference, Mary Ward House, London, 05 July 2016.

‘I worry about the future’: enhancement, inclusion and participation of non-traditional students in art and design higher education at the Forum for Adult and Continuing Education (FACE) 2016, Queen’s University Belfast, 29 June – 1 July 2016.

Mature students in art and design higher education: how can we ensure parity of the student experience for part-time with that of full-time? Open University Widening Participation Conference 2016 HE: Transforming Lives Through Life-wide Learning? Milton Keynes, 27-28 April, 2016.

Friendship, discourse and belonging in the studio: The experiences of ‘non-traditional’ students in design higher education: ESREA Access, Learning Careers and Identities Network, University of Seville, Spain, 25 – 27 November, 2015.

Skins, navels and female fetishism in ‘The vanishing woman: thoughts on female visibility’ at Leeds Arts University Blenheim Gallery part of the Being Human Festival, 21 November 2015.

The Continuing Process Continues: Collaborative working within a small specialist art and design institution: Organization & Collaborative Practices in the Arts stream for the 9th Critical Management Studies Conference at the University of Leicester 8th-10th July 2015.

Drawing on Experience: Mature students and practical wisdom in art and design higher education: University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA)2015: Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel, Leeds, UK, Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th July 2015.

Drawing on Experience: Mature students and practical wisdom in art and design higher education: The Forum for Access and Continuing Education's (FACE) Annual Conference: University of South Wales, Treforest campus, UK. 1 - 3 July 2015.

Workshop: Feminist practices, tactics and strategies in art and design education, Feminisms, Power and Pedagogy: 10th Biennial Conference of the Gender and Education Association at the University of Roehampton on the 24th - 26th June 2015.

Transgressive Touch: The fetishizing of cloth in Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940): The Erotic Cloth Colloquium. Convenors: Professor Lesley Millar (UCA) and Alice Kettle (MMU). The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT. March 20th 2015.