Ms Janja Song

About

I am an accomplished educator, designer and creative business consultant. I lecture in design thinking, experiential entrepreneurship, creative business management, organisational behaviour and experiential consultancy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I engage my students in active-reflective learning through workshops, debates, coaching, and interactive sessions that combine theory, play, and real-world experiences. My students develop high levels of creative confidence and abilities to develop award-winning, purpose-led creative projects and businesses. Since joining Kingston Business School in 2010, I have worked with over 750 creative venture creation students and helped develop and launch more than 160 creative start-ups.

Outside of academia, I have worked with creative and digital start-ups, creative SMEs, and cultural European Regional Development Fund projects. I am the Founder and Director of KREATIVIOUS™, providing transformational coaching and creative development for individuals, teams and businesses. I volunteer as a Young Enterprise Business Mentor at Tiffin Girls' Grammar School in Kingston upon Thames where I have been mentoring all-girl business teams since 2014.

I hold a degree in interior architecture from the University for the Creative Arts, and a postgraduate degree in creative business management from Kingston Business School. I am a member of professional associations and bodies relating to creativity, design, education and business. In 2020, I was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) for outstanding contribution to social progress and development. In 2021, I was awarded the Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). I am a CABS Certified Business and Management Educator, Advance HE External Examiner, and a Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator.

I am currently writing a book about the development of creativity, curiosity and entrepreneurial thinking.

Academic responsibilities

Programme Director MA Creative Economy; Senior Lecturer in Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Personal Tutor

Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator
  • Advance HE External Examiner
  • CABS Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE)
  • Diana Winstanley Memorial Prize for Exceptional Achievement, Kingston University London, UK
  • MA Managing in the Creative Industries and the Creative Economy, Kingston Business School, Kingston University, UK
  • BA(Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, University for the Creative Arts, UK

Teaching and learning

I was invited to join Kingston Business School in 2010 - first as an hourly paid specialist creative business lecturer and subsequently as a full-time specialist creative business lecturer. I am a CABS Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE). In 2021, I was awarded the Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) for my work. 

Over the past 11 years, I have designed and delivered learning experiences that connect creativity and business, and have developed a track record of innovative, high quality module and course design. I have designed, developed and delivered a range of venture creation, entrepreneurship, consultancy, design thinking, creative business and creative industries management modules. I also design and facilitate workshops and large multidisciplinary hackathons internally and externally; recent examples include collaborative Surrey County Council hackathon and the collaborative Berlin-London online hackathon. 

In 2015, I was approached to take on the role of the Programme Director for the Creative Economy Master, a portfolio of 11 business degree programmes for creative economy individuals: Advertising & the Creative Economy MA, Communication Design & the Creative Economy MA, Creative Writing & the Creative Economy MA, Design: Product and Space & the Creative Economy MA, Fashion & the Creative Economy MA, Film making & the Creative Economy MA, Journalism & the Creative Economy MA, Managing in the Creative Economy MA, Museums and Galleries & the Creative Economy MA, Music & the Creative Economy MA, and Publishing & the Creative Economy MA.

In 2017 I redesigned and revalidated the programme with a focus on employability, inclusivity and internationalisation. In 2019, the programme received the highest commendation for its excellent provision and positive student experience and has attracted research interest of the international venture creation community and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

In-course students' achievements include: D&AD New Blood Pencil Award, Santander National Start-up Best Investment Report Award, Santander National Start-up Best Presentation Award, Santander National Start-up Best Company Award, HSBC National Start-up Best Presentation Award, HSBC National Start-up Best Company Award, Mayor's Entrepreneur semi-finalist, Mayor's Entrepreneur finalist, Mayor's Entrepreneur Mentorship, and other awards for creative ideas and innovation.

In addition to my work at Kingston University, I am a regular guest judge and panel chair at Arnhem Business School, the Netherlands, and a guest lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art and UCL. 

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • CABS Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE)
  • Advance HE External Examiner
  • Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

I developed and managed BizBoard - a student-facing entrepreneurship platform providing news, resources, finance and support to those interested in entrepreneurship or starting a business at the University. I persuaded Kingston University to integrate BizBoard with its brand and BizBoard became the student-facing home of Kingston University Enterprise Education.

I developed and managed a short programme entitled "Mind On: Things to know before you turn 18" as part of Kingston Business School's community engagement project.

I championed hackathons as an innovative problem-based learning method for creative learning and development in entrepreneurial education. I designed and facilitated small client and student hackathons, but also large international hackathons e.g., for the award-winning European Regional Development Fund project for the revitalisation of the Fortress of Culture Sibenik. I embedded hackathons throughout the MA Creative Economy course learning design and enhanced creative learning and development of students.

I designed for inclusivity, employability and internationalisation in all aspects of the MA Creative Economy programme to provide for the diverse multicultural multidisciplinary body of students. Students' real-world needs are reflected in the curriculum, assessment, and support choices and include: project-based learning experiences; course-based and external-facing hackathons as problem-based learning, practical training workshops, theatre-based training and development, simulations as technology-enabled learning, personalised individual and team coaching, panel debates; critique sessions, engaging alumni to mentor students, and reflection. Students' achievements include D&AD New Blood Pencil Award, National Start-up, Mayor's Entrepreneur and many more creative and business awards.

I am the Founder and Director of KREATIVIOUS™ providing transformational coaching and creative development for individuals, teams and businesses. 

I am currently writing a book about the development of creativity, curiosity and entrepreneurial thinking, based on the development of creative learning and experiential entrepreneurship pedagogy and experiences of working with creative students over the last decade.

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • Advance HE
  • Chartered Association of Business Schools
  • The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE)
  • Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
  • The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
  • Institute of Directors
  • D&AD
  • Creative Industries Federation
  • Association for Cultural Enterprises

Leadership and management

In 2015, I was approached by the Department of Strategy, Marketing and Innovation to lead and develop a portfolio of 11 tailored MA Creative Economy cross-faculty programmes which enable students from diverse creative backgrounds to combine their creative practice and skills with a rigorous business education. Pathways: Advertising & the Creative Economy MA, Communication Design & the Creative Economy MA, Creative Writing & the Creative Economy MA, Design: Product and Space & the Creative Economy MA, Fashion & the Creative Economy MA, Film making & the Creative Economy MA, Journalism & the Creative Economy MA, Managing in the Creative Economy MA, Museums and Galleries & the Creative Economy MA, Music & the Creative Economy MA, and Publishing & the Creative Economy MA.

Creative Economy MA Programme Director responsibilities: responsible for the Creative Industries and the Creative Economy MA programme and the Creative Economy subject area; responsible for programme redesign and revalidation, curriculum development, maintaining the academic standards and the overall administration and planning of the course; responsible for the quality of the overall programme, including the fit of modules on the course, the leadership of the team teaching on the course, the overall student experience of teaching, assessments and documentation, how modules lead to Programme Assurance of learning and in building a team approach to the programme. Also responsible for admissions, promotional events and Open Days, marketing materials and inbound marketing content including social media and the open course blog. Responsible for presentation of the appropriate reports and documents to the Board of Studies, the Staff/Student Consultative Committee (SSCC) and Programme Assessment Boards. Chaired Staff/Student Consultative Committees (SSCC). Duty to keep up to date with all University regulations, GDPR training, Safeguarding, Unconscious Bias training, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion training, and to advise students accordingly. Responsible for onboarding of all new academic and practitioner staff contributing to the programme. Responsible for the course team and relationships with the Senior Management Team.

The programme received the highest commendation for the excellent provision and student experience by the Business Management Subject Review panel in 2019.

Qualifications and expertise

  • General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • Safeguarding
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Mental Health First Aid

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