The US in Museum: Promoting Student Engagement through ReGenring Academic Writing and Collaborations

Julian Lindley, Pauline Palmer

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This case study describes a collaboration between the Creative Product Design programme at the University of Hertfordshire and the Museum of St Albans. This four-year project, now entering its third year, explores ways of better engaging design and craft students in the academic strand of the course. One approach is to find fresh ways of addressing theoretical aspects of study by taking the work out of the lecture room and exploring the same concepts through practical activity; a process of ‘regenring’ academic research and writing. Intrinsically linked to this approach is the perceived need to engage all students in a reflective process of design in which theoretical, social, cultural and historical aspects are embedded in studio practice. This article reports on a curatorial project undertaken this year as part of the collaboration, The US in Museum, which is effectively enthusing the students and giving them a new understanding of the relevance of theoretical and contextual knowledge in the designer’s skillset.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegenring Academic Writing
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
EventRegenring Academic Writing and Assessment Conference - Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jul 201721 Jul 2017


ConferenceRegenring Academic Writing and Assessment Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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