As an undergraduate I studied Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, before going on to study for an MA and then a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham.
For many years I lectured on a wide ranges of art, design and media courses, specialising in Visual Culture, and have taught at all levels including PGR.
My academic career has included the management of the Department of Art & Design and subsequently the Department of Creative Industries at UWE Bristol, and External Examiner and validation panel duties at numerous UK universities.
In 2012 I was elected to the CHEAD executive, and was appointed as Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) at Kingston School of Art in 2013. In 2015 I joined the Creative Industries Federation's HE Working Group, achieved PFHEA status in 2017, became an NTFS reviewer in 2019, and a Fellow of the RSA in 2020.
Associate Dean Education
My experience as a lecturer has involved teaching across a range of courses and subject areas, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (including PhD supervision). UG teaching aims to make cultural theory accessible and usable for creative practitioners. Lecture programmes have included:
· the historical interrelationships between capitalism, technology, and modernity;
· theory and practice in art, media and design;
· research methodologies in visual culture;
· theories of taste and pleasure;
· the consumption of cultural goods in the development of identities;
· creative practices in commercial contexts;
· co-creative practices.
Teaching is underpinned by my research, and has covered a range of subject-areas from fashion histories and technologies in design, to postmodernism and advertising, the gendered gaze, and co-creativity. My aim is to encourage students to question assumptions often made about consumer culture, and about the roles of art, design and the media within it, in order to develop their ability to think critically about their own and others' practices and to 'locate' themselves within a range of contexts, and to think of themselves as 'cultural intermediaries' as well as makers of artefacts.
In my previous and current academic leadership roles I have led a number curriculum developments with a particular focus on professional skills, interdisciplinary learning, and inclusive practice, to ensure that the portfolio is relevant, forward-looking, and attractive to a diverse range of students with differing needs and expectations.
My research interests include:
- the historical development of consumer culture and the emergence of new markets for cultural goods;
- the role of consumers in driving innovation;
- the convergence of creative practices;
- the relationships between creative industries and higher education;
- theories of creativity and pedagogical practices.
- co-creativity, interdisciplinarity, and inclusive practices in learning and teaching
My recent and current research contributes to current debates about practice-based learning and the marketisation of HE, drawing on recent theories of co-creativity, student engagement, and inclusive practice.
Future work will include collaborative cross-disciplinary research addressing the changing identity of the creative practitioner in the context of contemporary cultural industries, and the impact of the 4thindustrial revolution,
I have published several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, have presented papers at numerous conferences, have been an invited guest on Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed', and have been invited to speak at CHEAD'S annual conference in 2020, for which the theme is the value of creative education in supporting diversity and inclusion.
Partington, Angela (2020) Developing inclusive pedagogies in HE through an understanding of the learner-consumer : promiscuity, hybridisation, and innovation. Postdigital Science and Education, ISSN (print) 2524-485X (Epub Ahead of Print)
Partington, Angela (2019) Learner or Consumer? : market-led Higher Education, diversity, inclusion, and equality. Research in Educational Administration & Leadership, 4(3), pp. 527-552. ISSN (print) 2564-7261
Partington, Angela [Reviewer] (2015) Book Review of : 'Fashion and Age' by Julia Twigg. Journal of Design History, 28(1), pp. 101-102. ISSN (print) 0952-4649
Partington, Angela (2008) The best bits : non-narrative pleasures and creative practices. Journal of Media Practice, 9(1), pp. 9-18. ISSN (print) 1468-2753
Partington, Angela (1986) Review of 'The originality of the avant-garde and other Modernist myths' by Rosalind E. Krauss. Oxford Art Journal, 9(2), pp. 63-67.
Partington, Angela (2009) Co-creative design practice. In: Glynne, Jonathan , Hackney, Fiona and Minton, Viv, (eds.) Networks of design: proceedings of the 2008 annual international conference of the Design History Society (UK). Florida, U.S.A. : Universal-Publishers. pp. 468-471. ISBN 9781599429069
Partington, Angela (1996) Perfume: pleasure, packaging, and postmodernity. In: Kirkham, Patricia, (ed.) The gendered object. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 204-218. ISBN 0919044758
Partington, Angela (1995) The days of the New Look: working-class affluence and the consumer culture. In: Fyrth, Jim, (ed.) Labour's promised land? culture and society in Labour Britain 1945-51. London, U.K. : Lawrence & Wishart. pp. 247-263. ISBN 9780853158110
Partington, Angela (1995) The designer housewife in the 1950s. In: Attfield, Judy and Kirkham, Patricia, (eds.) A view from the interior: women and design. London, U.K. : The Women's Press. pp. 206-214. ISBN 0704344513
Partington, Angela (1992) Popular fashion and working-class affluence. In: Ash, Juliet and Wilson, Elizabeth, (eds.) Chic thrills: a fashion reader. London, U.K. : Pandora. pp. 145-161. ISBN 0044408242
Partington, Angela (1991) Melodrama's gendered audience. In: Franklin, Sarah , Lury, Celia and Stacey, Jackie, (eds.) Off-Centre: feminism and cultural studies. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 49-68. ISBN 9781138167285
Partington, Angela (2019) Understanding the Learner-consumer: market-led Higher Education, diversity and inclusive practice. In: CHEAD Annual Conference 2020; 17-19 March 2020, Birmingham, U.K.. (Submitted)
Partington, Angela (2019) Re-thinking student engagement : understanding the learner-consumer. In: HEIR Conference 2019 : Measuring Excellence in Higher Education: Approaches and their Impact; 11 - 13 Sep 2019, Wolverhampton, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Partington, Angela (2019) Developing inclusive pedagogies through an understanding of the learner-consumer. In: BERA Annual Conference 2019; 10-12 Sept 2019, Manchester, U.K..
Partington, Angela (2018) Learner or consumer?: market-led Higher Education, diversity, inclusion, and equality. In: International Conference on Educational Leadership & Management; 7-8 March 2019, Kingston, Jamaica.
Partington, Angela (2016) Studio-based pedagogies are not inherently creative. In: GLAD (Group for Learning in Art & Design); 26 Feb 2016, Birmingham. (Unpublished)
Partington, Angela (2015) Two approaches to the creative learning environment. In: GLAD (Group for Learning in Art & Design) Annual Conference; 27 Feb 2015, Sheffield, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Partington, Angela (2008) Co-creativity, the role of the author in co-creative partnerships. In: Narrative/NonNarrative/AntiNarrative; 23-24 Nov 2008, Bristol, U.K..
Partington, Angela (2017) BBC Radio 4 'Thinking Allowed' - contribution to discussion on Fashion and Class, broadcast on June 7th 2017. (Radio and iplayer). BBC Radio broadcast. (20mins) Panel discussion.
Through a number of leadership and management roles I have contributed to strategic development in response to the evolving contexts for Higher Education, including:
- the student experience
- widening participation and inclusive practice
- employability and graduate outcomes
- interdisciplinary collaboration
- innovation in learning and teaching
As Associate Dean Education (KSA), my responsibilities include:
– Leading a continual pedagogic debate, helping to ensure that the latest approaches to learning and teaching are incorporated in the curricula and staff development, leading to sustained inspirational and innovative learning and teaching.
– Leading the review and delivery of the Faculty's Learning and Teaching Strategy, ensuring that this leads to sustained excellence in teaching and learning and the student experience.
– Continuously reviewing the Faculty's portfolio.
– Promoting and helping to manage the development, validation, recruitment and the quality of teaching and learning.
– Overseeing the quality assurance and quality enhancement processes.
– Managing improvement in agreed University and Faculty course metrics.
– Helping to develop and manage the Faculty's academic staff development programme, ensuring that this supports the Faculty's Learning and Teaching Strategy.
I chair the Faculty's Education Committee, and the Faculty Recruitment Committee, and I represent the Faculty on numerous University committees and groups.
My external network includes:
- Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD)
- Group for Learning in Art & Design (GLAD)
- Creative Industries Federation (CIF)
- Principal Fellows HE Academy Network
- British Educational Research Association (BERA)
- All Party Parliamentary Group for Art Craft & Design Education