Dr Gillian Wilson

Senior Lecturer, UCA Canterbury

Academic, School of Further Education

Gillian is currently teaching the Extended Diploma in Art and Design at Canterbury as well as continuing to teach the research units on the MA in Creative Arts Education in Epsom.

Gill studied a combined degree in Graphic Design with English Literature at Gwent College of Higher Education, and ran a design business for over 20 years. She began teaching in 1997 and completed a Masters degree in Education in 2001, studying modules in language and literacy in social practice as well as equality and diversity, educational management and research. She was awarded a Doctorate in Education from the Open University in 2012.

In addition to her teaching role, she was Higher Education Active Community Fund Project Co-ordinator from 2002-2003 and Creative and Cultural Industries Project Development Officer for Aimhigher Kent and Medway from 2003-2004. She then worked as a full-time Study Skills Co-ordinator until 2007, when she took on the part-time role of Access and Outreach Co-ordinator at the University’s Canterbury campus until 2014, continuing to teach for two days a week. During this period her research focused on widening participation, and she was invited to present twice at National Arts Learning Network conferences.

In 2007 Gill developed work related learning opportunities for students to enable them to understand the importance of communication skills in the context of art and design practice in a seven-year partnership with Turner Contemporary. This spanned the period from the beginning of the project to the building of the iconic international Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. Gill wrote and designed a commemorative publication documenting the work from five of the exhibitions which have resulted from project work; and case studies focusing on individual students who have been involved and their achievements.

In 2012, Gill was founder director of a new arts centre in Herne Bay, providing gallery spaces, artists’ studios, and educational provision for the local community.

In 2014 she joined the Creative Arts Education (CAE) team as unit leader for the research units of the Post Graduate Certificate and the new MA in Creative Arts Education in Epsom.

She is currently working in a 0.8fte role teaching the Extended Diploma in Art and Design at Canterbury as well as continuing to teach the research units on the MA (CAE). 

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

Gill is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Member of both the Institute for Learning and the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. She was a Specialist Reader on the HEA National Teaching Fellowship individual awards in 2005 and 2006, and assessed on the projects strand in 2007.

During the last Labour government, Gill was employed as a consultant for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and the Learning and Skills Network in providing support for teacher practitioners in delivery of the new Diplomas and functional skills. She has contributed to student guides and teacher support materials for educational publishers, Pearson.

Awards, Grants and Commisions:

Gill received a UCA Teaching Excellence Award for her work with Turner Contemporary in 2007.

Gill was awarded a UCA Teaching Fellowship in 2008 to support her work on student writing, which formed the basis of her doctoral research which focused on the relationship of academic writing to art and design practice.

She was awarded an Art Design and Media Teaching Fellowship (2010) with the Higher Education Academy researching learning and teaching strategies for dyslexic students.

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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