Ms Janja Song

About

I am a designer and an educator. I believe quality creative thinking should not be a privilege; good education must empower people to think differently about how they do things - to make the world better.

I joined Kingston Business School in 2010. 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, creative business and creative industries management modules as part of my responsibility for the Creative Economy subject area in Kingston Business School. I have developed and led the Managing in the Creative Economy MA, a specialist business degree programme for creative economy individuals, which has received commendation for the provision and student experience. I also design and facilitate  workshops and hackathons.

Since 2010, I have worked with over 750 venture creation students and helped launch and develop more than 160 creative start-ups. 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.

Outside of academia, I am a creative business consultant with 12+ years' experience in the creative economy in the UK and internationally. My consulting experience includes digital start-ups, creative SMEs, and European Regional Development Fund projects.

I strongly believe in the importance of positive female role models in business. Since 2014, I have volunteered as a Young Enterprise Business Advisor at Tiffin Girls' Grammar School where I mentor all-girls business teams.

In 2020, I was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) for outstanding contribution to social progress and development.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Course Director MA Managing in the Creative Economy; Personal Tutor

Qualifications

  • Advance HE External Examiner
  • Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
  • 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
  • NESTA Creative Pioneer, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, UK
  • BA(Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, University for the Creative Arts, UK

Teaching and learning

Leadership and management

As a postgraduate Course Director responsible for the Managing in the Creative Economy MA programme and the Creative Economy subject area, I have been responsible for maintaining the academic standards and the overall administration and planning of the course. The Course Director is 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 (AOL) and in building a team approach to the programme. As a Course Director I have presented the appropriate reports and documents to the Board of Studies, the Staff/Student Consultative Committee (SSCC) and Programme Assessment Boards. I have chaired the Staff/Student Consultative Committee (SSCC). I am up to date with all University regulations, GDPR training, Safeguarding, Unconscious Bias training, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion training, and advise students accordingly. 

Qualifications and expertise

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

Videos of my work

Social media

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