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Our Manifesto:


We will:

Stimulate pedagogic discourse related to theory assignments, especially in Art & Design.

Develop a regional community of practice who share our passion for inclusive and imaginative approaches to learning.

Undertake student-led research into appropriate, inclusive and engaging learning strategies for theory teaching.


We will:

Engage students with theory assignments through creative and playful learning experiences, with an emphasis on visual and kinaesthetic techniques.

Provide students with learning experiences which encourage reflection on theory and practice within both subject and personal contexts.

Harness students’ passion for their subject in order to increase their engagement with theory and its relationship to their practice.

Provide students with learning experiences which stimulate creative thinking and new connections.


We will:

Promote and disseminate the research and practice of the wider Writing PAD community within DMU through staff development activities.

‘Seed’ innovative teaching practice through staff development sessions and student workshops.


We will:

Explore, challenge and recontextualise received models of design and delivery for theory assignments.


We will:

Share our research activities through national events, a regional forum, the East Midlands Writing PAD blog, conference presentations and journal articles.