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.


Broadhead, S. and Gregson, M. 2018. Practical Wisdom and Democratic Education - Phronesis, Art and Non-traditional Students. London, Macmillan Palgrave. ISBN-10: 3319733109 ISBN-13: 978-3319733104

Parts of Books

Broadhead, S. 2018. 'Friendship, discourse and belonging in the studio: the experiences of 'non-traditional' students in design higher education.' Continuity and Discontinuity in Learning Careers. Potentials for a Learning Space in a Changing World. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers.pp.35-48.

Broadhead, S. 2017. ''I worry about the future': enhancement, inclusion and participation of non-traditional students in art and design higher education.' Widening Participation in the Context of Economic and Social Change. Forum for Adult and Continuing Education. pp. 91-108. ISBN 978-0-9954922-1-9

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. ISBN-10: 0995492204

Broadhead, S. 2015. 'Inclusion in the art and design curriculum: Revisiting Bernstein and 'class' issues,' in Hatton, K. (ed) Towards and Inclusive Arts Education. London, Trentham Books @IOE Press. pp. 138-152. ISBN-10: 1858566541 ISBN-13: 978-1858566542

Broadhead, S. 2012b. '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. pp. 53-59.

Broadhead, S. 2008. 'Tensions between the construction of design knowledge in Art college and School: Implications for students from schools studying in the college context.' in Hatton, K. Design Pedagogy Research, Jeremy Mills Publishing Ltd. pp. 59-70. ISBN: 9781906600358 190660035X

Full Papers in Refereed Journals

Broadhead, S. 2017. 'All I want to do is make things: class, men and art and design higher education.' Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 19 (2). pp. 47-62. ISSN 1466-6529 DOI:

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. 2012. '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 pp.1-7. ISSN: 1756-9648

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

Conference proceedings

Broadhead, S. 2017. 'From RDF to PhD: the impact of the Research Development Fellowship on my practice and the college research community' in edited proceedings from the Second Research and Scholarship in College Higher Education Conference: Scholarship Project, 28 June 2016. Found at

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 Conference Proceedings of The Standing Conference of University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA), July 2015, pp.68-74. 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

Other Publications

Broadhead, S. 2018.Review of Women, Economic Development and Higher Education: Tools in the Reconstruction and transformation of Post-Apartheid South Africa, By Diane E. Eynon, Palgrave McMillan, 2017, in Journal of Gender and Education.

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

Broadhead, S. 2016. Review of 'Educational research: taking the plunge,' by Phil Wood and Joan Smith, Carmarthen, Independent Thinking Press which was published in InTuition, Issue 23:Summer 2016.

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 found at

Broadhead, S. 2012a. 'Using action-research evidence to change art studio critiques.' in Inside Evidence Bulletin, Issue 13 Summer 2012 pp. 29-30 found at

Reviews of artists, exhibitions and films

Broadhead, S. 2018. Film reviews for 2017 World Poll. Senses Of Cinema, found at

Broadhead, S. 2015. Kelly Cumberland: Expanded Drawings, found at

Broadhead, S. 2015. Sharon Harvey: Photographer, found at

Broadhead, S. 2015. Emily Towler: Sculptor, found at

Broadhead, S. 2014. Review of Five: A gallery discussion of art works from a post-colonial point of view, found at

Broadhead, S. 2014. Paula Chambers: A lost world of girlish femininity, found at

Broadhead, S. 2011. Garry Barker: In the Shadow of the Hand- Narrative Drawings, found at