Dr. Samantha Broadhead is the Head of Research at Leeds Arts University. Having studied Visual Arts at Lancaster and Art History at Leeds Metropolitan (now Beckett) University her teaching experience is wide-ranging. She has worked on further education, undergraduate and postgraduate art and design courses. She has been appointed to the role of external examiner at the University of Salford, the University of Edinburgh and Lancaster University. In her current role, Broadhead is supporting academic staff in their own research practice while contributing towards the University’s research culture.

Her research interests are related to widening participation, in particular the experiences of mature students and Access to HE education. She is also interested in the scholarship related to the work of Basil Bernstein (1924-2000). This is a development of her previous research about phronesis (practical wisdom) that formed the basis of her doctoral study at the University of Sunderland.

Broadhead has also been involved with projects funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service and the Education and Training Foundation 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 been another area of interest in Broadhead’s work. She is committed to promoting a democratic educational context for students, having published and presented both nationally and internationally in this area. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning and carries out review work for FACE (Forum for Access and Continuing Education).


Broadhead, S., Davies, R., and Hudson, A. 2019. Perspectives on Access: Practice and Research. Bingley, Emerald Publishing. ISBN: 9781787569942 lau.collections.crest.ac.uk/17467

Broadhead, S. and Gregson, M. 2018. Practical Wisdom and Democratic Education - Phronesis, Art and Non-traditional Students. London, Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN-10: 3319733109 ISBN-13: 978-3319733104 lau.collections.crest.ac.uk/17340

Parts of Books

Broadhead, S. 2019. ‘Accessing postgraduate art and design, transitions and intersectionality.’ in Hatton, K. (ed) Inclusion and Intersectionality in Visual Arts Education. London, Trentham Books @IOE Press. ISBN:9781858568393 lau.collections.crest.ac.uk/17341

Broadhead, S. 2018. ‘Working class males in art and design higher education.’ Concepts of Value and Worth: National and International Perspectives on Widening Access and Participation. Forum for Adult and Continuing Education.

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. ISBN-10: 9004375457 ISBN-13: 978-9004375451 DOI: doi.org lau.collections.crest.ac.uk/17342

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 Access 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 an Inclusive Arts Education. London, Trentham Books @IOE Press. pp. 138-152. ISBN-10: 1858566541 ISBN-13: 978-1858566542 lau.collections.crest.ac.uk/17356

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. 2019. The Artists’ House: The recontextualized art practices of British postgraduate students in conversation with Italian amateur artists. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 18:1, pp. 51–65, doi: 10.1386/adch.18.1.51_1 lau.collections.crest.ac.uk/17302

Broadhead, S. 2018. ‘Mature students, transformation and transition.’ Education + Training, https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-02-2018-0035 lau.collections.crest.ac.uk/17299

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: https://doi.org/10.5456/WPLL.19.2.47 lau.collections.crest.ac.uk/15647

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 arts.brighton.ac.uk 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. 2019. ‘Contextualising Access education within a history of radical pedagogy’ in John Halford (ed.) Adult Education 100: Reflections & Reconstructions, Conference Proceedings of The Standing Conference of University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA), University of Nottingham, 2-4 July 2017:pp.23-29.

Broadhead, S. 2019. ‘The recontextualised art practices of British postgraduate students’ in Barbara Merrill, Adrianna Nizinska, Andrea Galimberti, Jérôme Eneau, Elzbieta Sanojca, Samira Bezzari (eds.) Exploring Learning Contexts: Implications For Access, Learning Careers And Identities, ESREA, University Rennes 2, France: 2-4 November, 2017, pp. 23-33. ISBN: 978-2-9564498-0-5 Found at: cread.espe-bretagne.fr

Broadhead, S. 2018. ‘‘I made the leap’: accessing postgraduate study with art and design’ in the Conference Proceedings of Widening Participation Conference: Is widening participation to higher education enough? Milton Keynes, April 26-27 2018.

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 www.aoc.co.uk

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 lau.collections.crest.ac.uk/9178

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. DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2018.1451627

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.

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

Reviews of Artists, Exhibitions and Films

Broadhead, S. 2019. Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things, found at corridor8.co.uk

Broadhead, S. 2019. Film reviews for 2018 World Poll. Senses Of Cinema, found at sensesofcinema.com

Broadhead, S. 2018. Remembering the Bauhaus in Playing by Eye, Leeds Arts University, found at corridor8.co.uk

Broadhead, S. 2018. Sheila Gaffney and Linda Schwab: Me & You Dean Clough galleries, Halifax, found at corridor8.co.uk

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

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

Broadhead, S. 2015. Sharon Harvey: Photographer.

Broadhead, S. 2015. Emily Towler: Sculptor.

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

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

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