10:00 – 10:10Welcome & guide to the 2023 online conference with Abbie Cairns
10:10 – 10:50Keynote Address – Stronger Together with Professor Samantha Broadhead
10:50 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:20Parallel sessions
12:20 – 12:35Learner panel
12:35 – 12:45Teacher, Technician & Advisor workshop series with Lynne Simpkin, NUA
12:45 – 13:15The importance of unions with Michele Gregson, NSEAD
13:15 – 13:45Lunch
13:45 – 15:05Parallel sessions
15:05 – 15:35Creative workshop with Liaqat Rasul
About the Host: Abbie Cairns

The conference is hosted by Abbie Cairns, an artist-teaching in ACL and current PhD student at Norwich University of the Arts.

This conference was inspired by her PhD research entitled Interrogating Artist-Teacher identity formation in Adult Community Learning.

You can read more about Abbie’s research here: Abbie Cairns - Norwich University of the Arts (

About Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich University of the Arts is one of the UK’s leading specialist arts, design and media universities with an international reputation as an innovative and creative community. While its history dates back to 1845, its outlook is forward-thinking with a commitment to offer students space to develop their skills and pursue their passion. Artists, designers, makers and creators bring diverse interests and unique perspectives, sharing a desire to be challenged and inspired; to learn from the past and shape the future.

About Keynote Speaker: Professor Samantha Broadhead

Professor Samantha Broadhead: Head of Research, Leeds Arts University, United Kingdom

Professor Samantha Broadhead is Head of Research at Leeds Arts University. Previously, she has worked in many sectors such as: community arts, prison education, Access education and teacher training. Her research interests include access and widening participation in art and design education and the educational sociology of Basil Bernstein (1924–2000). She serves on the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning’s editorial board. Broadhead has co-authored with Professor Maggie Gregson (2018) Practical Wisdom and Democratic Education - Phronesis, Art and Non-traditional Students, Palgrave Macmillan. She also has co-authored with Rosemarie Davies and Anthony Hudson (2019) Perspectives on Access: Practice and Research, Emerald Publishing. She has also produced an edited book, Access and Widening Participation in Arts Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan (2022). Broadhead has 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. Other research includes  the QAA Collaborative Enhancement Projects 2021 “Belonging Through Assessment: Pipelines of Compassion” and evaluation activity for Creative Scene, an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation. Currently Broadhead is working on Learning Returns , a practice-based project that uses YouTube to capture the experiences of mature students studying art and design.  


See more about about Samantha Broadhead here