Tue 22 October 2019
HE Committee Elections
HE Committee Elections
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HE Committee Elections 2019

The current Higher Education Committee (see below) is now stepping down after having served for a period of three years (2016-2019).

The Higher Education Committee will elect its members for the next three years at this year's AGM which will take place at 5.30pm on Saturday 9 November 2019 during the NAWE Conference at Park Inn by Radisson, York, YO1 6JF.

The Higher Education Committee represents all members with an interest in Higher Education, and has a number of very important duties to perform: responding to government consultations, participating in REF 2021, working closely with other subject associations, raising concerns affecting the sector, and publishing our online, open access, peer-reviewed journal.

If you would like to nominate yourself to stand in the elections, please send a short bio (max 100 words) to pjohnston@nawe.co.uk by Thursday 31 October 2019. Once all nominations have been received, polling will open for one week. 

Current members of the Higher Education Committee attend 3 meetings per year in London and participate actively in the work of the committee. We would like to thank them for their hard work on behalf of NAWE.  

Current HE Committee members: 

Helena Blakemore, University of East London

I am Programme Leader for BA Creative & Professional Writing at the University of East London, and have been a NAWE HE Committee member since 2007 (elected Vice Chair, 2009-2014).  During this time I was also consulted by the AQA in relation to the development of the Creative Writing A Level, and co-authored the QAA’s first subject benchmark for Creative Writing (published February 2016).  I am co-editor of Writing in Practice and have been on the Editorial Board of Writing in Education since 2009. 

Celia Brayfield, Brunel University

PhD SFHEA.  I am a novelist, an Associate Reader in Creative Writing at Brunel University London and a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University. I have served on the HE Committee for three years, as Chair for the past year and was also a member of the QAA Panel which wrote the Benchmark Statement for Creative Writing in 2015/6. This is an important and exciting time for our subject, which is growing rapidly in status within Higher Education, with more students at every level each year, and a greater reach around the world.

Liz Cable, Leeds Trinity University 

I have a particular interest in new forms of writing for transmedia and cross-platform audiences. I have written several successful LARP campaigns and events. I am senior lecturer in social media storytelling, digital narratives and transmedia production, using Escape Rooms and immersive participatory events as a vehicle for creative writing, and as a pedagogical tool for all subjects. This work brings enterprise into the writing curriculum, and allows students across different departments and schools to come together in meaningful, self-funded and even profitable outlets for their writing, creative and entrepreneurial skills.

Liz Cashdan, Open College of the Arts 

I was previously Chair of the NAWE Management Committee. I have done peer reviewing for Writing in Practice and have experience of teaching Creative Writing and Literature in traditional HE universities, Derby and Sheffield, in Life long Learning, and am now tutoring and assessing f;or the Open College of the Arts.  I tutor across all genres and in Creative Arts Today which includes responses to the visual arts as well as writing. I also tutor in adult ed and in schools so I can compare what is going on across age ranges and different kinds of colleges.  I tutor regularly now in July/August at Wits University in Johannesburg with Education students and in the Writing School.

Jessica Clapham, Bangor University 

I am a lecturer in Education and Linguistics at Bangor University, North Wales. I am pursuing a course as a Poetry Therapy Practitioner under the guidance and mentorship of Jill Teague. I have attended poetry workshops and recent peer group meetings with Jill and am I convinced that this route is an expression of my core values. I have recently completed a Doctorate in Education at Exeter University, which involved exploring Bilingual Teacher Identity and Code-switching in schools in Wales, using Narrative Inquiry techniques. This has encouraged me to rediscover my love of poetry and narrative and develop further knowledge of working with dynamic groups of learners. 

Carrie Etter, Bath Spa University 

I have over ten years' experience teaching creative writing as a Reader at Bath Spa University and a regular tutor for The Poetry School and other organisations, and as a practicing writer with three poetry collections published and a short-story collection in progress, I am devoted to practice-led teaching and research.

Francis Gilbert, Goldsmiths, University of London 

I am a NAWE member of some years standing and have led a number of workshops at its excellent conferences. I have both a commitment to the organization and a wealth of experience: my PhD in Creative Writing, my experience as a Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths and my years as a school teacher. I feel passionately that we should focus on the processes of writing and nurture a genuine joy in the journeys writers take in order to create their work.

Susan Greenberg, University of Roehampton 

I have worked on the Creative Writing programme at Roehampton for 12 years, teaching and researching on all forms of narrative nonfiction, setting up new courses on publishing and running our in-house imprint Fincham Press. I have done my best to support the HE sub-committee for the last six years; for example by organising a meeting at the British Library this May to discuss the impact of Open Access on Creative Writing doctoral students. 

Andrea Holland, University of East Anglia

I am a writer and a .5 Lecturer in Creative Writing at UEA, teaching undergraduate writers and convening a cross-arts module for student writers collaborating with illustrators. I am an experienced member of the HE committee, contributing to both the original NAWE Subject Benchmark for Creative Writing, and also the QAA development team for approval of the subject benchmark by QAA. I represent UEA at the European Association for Creative Writing Programs and also teach adult learners for the WEA. This affords me insight and experience with a range of concerns, as well as developments, in studying/teaching Creative Writing. 

Holly Howitt-Dring, University of Portsmouth 

I am the MA Course Leader in Creative Writing at University of Portsmouth, and have been lecturing and an active member of NAWE for many years. I have worked with several HEIs and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Andrew Melrose, University of Winchester 

I have been involved in Creative Writing ar University level for over 20 years. I set up the very first DCA (writing) in the UK; the first MA Writing for Children in the world and have overseen the University of Winchester turn 13 Creative Writing students in 1995 into 300 a year, at BA; MA and PhD level. I have supervised PhDs, examined in the UK and overseas, traveled widely to conferences in the UK, USA, Spain, Greece and Australia, have written books on writing, contributed to books on writing and education, written articles on writing, as well as having over 150 creative writing credits, including poetry, films, fiction and songs as well as holding down a Professorial role at the University these past fifteen years. 

Derek Neale, The Open University

I have taught creative writing in universities for over twenty years, latterly chairing and writing OU courses with thousands of students and hundreds of tutors. I’ve been external examiner at several universities at all levels – UG, MA and PhD – and also am lead educator on the UK’s biggest Creative Writing MOOC. I am committed to NAWE’s HE projects, as seen in my involvement with the QAA Benchmark statement and Writing in Practice, and am especially interested in further developing the research benchmark statement, alongside other intriguing aspects – including employment issues and the evolving relationship between English and Creative Writing. 

Kate North, Cardiff Metropolitan University 

I write poetry and fiction and have taught in HE for over a decade. I have worked in Russell Group and Post 92 institutions in England and Wales. I am currently Programme Director for English Literature and Creative Writing MA programmes at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  I have research interests in interdisciplinary applications of writing practice in healthcare settings, narrative medicine and community participation. I also sit on the NAWE Management Committee and am Vice Chair of Literature Wales.

Amy Spencer, University of the West of England

I previously served on the NAWE Management Committee for three years. I hold a PhD from Goldsmiths and am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of the West of England as part of an inter-university team researching intersections of technology and creative writing. My own research interests include digital literature, collaboratively produced writing and text-based public art. I previously spent seven years teaching creative writing in FE and in community settings. I am also on the board of Poetry Can, which promotes poetry in the South-West. 


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