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Dr Marilyn Fryer

Dr Marilyn Fryer

Marilyn is a Director of the Creativity Centre UK Ltd, and Chief Executive of the Creativity Centre Educational Trust - a voluntary role. A chartered psychologist and author, her work has been presented and published internationally.

Marilyn enjoys talking about creativity education in the UK. This was the theme of her keynote presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Educational Psychology in Shizuoka, Japan; the Torrance Lecture Series, Athens, Georgia; and the International Forum on Creativity at the opening of the Nobel Prize Centennial Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur where she was also a panel member for Forging the Creative Agenda for Malaysia. Marilyn has also undertaken consultancy on the development of creativity for various government bodies in the UK and overseas.

Before co-founding the Creativity Centre with Caroline, Marilyn spent much of her career in the university sector undertaking research and teaching creativity education, developmental and cognitive psychology. At Leeds Metropolitan University, where she was Reader in Psychology, she set up the cross-university Centre for Innovation and Creativity (CIC) as well as devising and delivering a series of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in applied creativity, supervising research and undertaking her own research into creativity in education.

One of the things Marilyn most enjoys is meeting people from all over the world and collaborating with them to create publications and learning resources in the area of creativity and human development, which is one reason why she enjoys being an editor of this journal.

Estonia is often regarded as one of the most go-ahead and creative European countries. But how do Estonian students think things have changed over the last decade? An interesting study of students' views on the expression of creativity in Post-Soviet Estonian society has recently been carried out by two academics from Tallinn University, Dr Eda Heinla and Stanislav Nemeržitski. See what they found out.

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 13:28

Welcoming Dr Doris J Shallcross

We warmly welcome Doris J Shallcross Ed.D., Professor Emerita University of Massachusetts, to our International Review Panel. Amongst her many achievements, Dorie is past President of the Creative Education Foundation, to which she has made a tremendous contribution over many years. Running alongside the Foundation's annual conference, the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI), Dorie established the President's Convocation, an annual international meeting of those of us running creativity centres throughout the world - a facility we found really valuable. 

We have equally good memories of our two UK national conferences when I was working at Leeds Metropolitan University, Creativity in Education and Creativity in Organisations for which Dorie was the keynote speaker. After these conferences, we travelled to Lancashire with her to help trace her UK ancestry - another memorable day! You can find a summary of some of Dorie's key achievements and current activities here.

Here at the Creativity Centre we have just completed a project with artists in our local area. Funded mainly by a grant from Arts Council England, the aim of this project was to discover how our ejournal is made relevant to an artist’s practice and creative development - but it became much more than this. This project was highly successful, really useful and meaningful for the artists and art students who took part and a moving and rewarding experience for us. We received excellent feedback and everyone wanted to contribute to the journal. They identified key development needs and made valuable suggestions for future content to meet their needs and those of other artists. More importantly participants found this project so relevant, enjoyable and useful that they want to continue meeting monthly. They’re so enthused by this project that they want to learn more about Creativity for Artists, contribute more, continue developing their own creativity as artists and sharing their expertise with others.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 23:47

Congratulations to Dr Ana Maria Hojbota

We'd like to offer many congratulations to Ana Maria Hojbota, co-author of Understanding Creativity through the Lense of Conflict, on obtaining her PhD. Ana Maria has already published a number of significant research papers in the area of creativity and we are delighted that she has accepted our invitation to join the journal's International Review Panel.

Together with her research supervisor, Dr Ana Constantin, and other key Romanian creativity researchers, Ana Maria will be contributing to a special issue of this journal featuring Romanian creativity which will go live in the Autumn. We wish her every success in her future career!





Wednesday, 18 December 2013 22:27

Creativity Live Update from Denise

I'm delighted to report that, following her involvement in Creativity Live, Denise Salmon's book has been accepted by the Jamaican Ministry of Education subject to one or two edits. Also she has just signed with her publisher to produce a further book. So she's well on the way to achieving her goal. Well done, Denise! And thanks to all concerned, especially Vincent Nolan!

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