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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.

Monday, 10 November 2014 14:48

Prof Anna Craft 1961-2014

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Professor Anna Craft, who worked tirelessly to champion creative education and touched so many people's lives.
Our research interests were highly congruent and our paths often crossed. I first met Anna in the late 1980s, shortly after I completed my doctoral research into the views of over 1000 UK teachers on creativity, teaching and learning. Anna was working at the Open University and began a similar study in which she incorporated some of my measures.
We each independently introduced creativity courses into the curriculum of our respective universities, as well as publishing widely in the field. We both contributed to the development of All Our Futures: Creative and Cultural Education - the report of the UK's National Advisory Committee on Creative & Cultural Education (NACCCE) led by Sir Ken Robinson - and also to the work of the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority for England (QCA) on creativity education which culminated in the QCA's publication: Creativity: Find it; Promote it!
Sometime later, Anna invited me to Milton Keynes to talk to a group of Open University academics about the Centre for Creativity & Innovation (CIC) which I had set up in my university as they were also planning establish a creativity centre at the Open University.
The last time we met was when she contributed to our international conference, Creativity & Cultural Diversity, and an internationally-authored book of the same name. More recently we each set up creativity journals - Anna was founder and co-editor of Thinking Skills & Creativity with Rupert Wegerif, whilst we set up Creativity & Human Development.
Anna will be very much missed, and we offer our sincere condolences to her family and all those who knew her.

Monday, 10 November 2014 12:55

Welcoming Kirsten Hardie

Dr Kirsten Hardie is Associate Professor at the Arts University Bournemouth, UK. I first met her in 2005 when undertaking a piece of research for the UK's National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA). My task then was to explore the views of National Teaching Fellows on creativity and its development in higher education. Her responses to my questions intrigued me, especially with regard to the role of the tutor in enabling students to become more creative. We are glad to have her join the journal's International Review Panel.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 15:14

Vincent Nolan

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Vincent Nolan. Vincent was instrumental in introducing Synectics creative thinking and problem solving techniques, based on the work of William Gordon and George Prince, into the UK. Amongst his many acheivements, he served as Chairman of Synectics Ltd, the European Division of this international creativity and innovation consultancy and he was instumental in establishing UK registered charity, the Synectics Education Initiative (SEI). His most recent publication, which he co-edited with Connie Williams, was Imagine That! - Celebrating 50 Years of Synectics. Vincent was a highly valued member of our International Review Panel and Facilitator of Creativity Live. He will be greatly missed and we would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family.


From October 14 -17, 2014 the Acre 20 International Creativity Conference will be held at Bela Bela, South Africa. This annual event, started by Dr Kobus Neethling 20 years ago, will feature presenters and workshop leaders from all over the world.

Kobus was one of the keynote presenters at our own international Creativity & Cultural Diversity conference organised by Caroline Fryer Bolingbroke some years ago. At that event, Kobus emphasised the importance of strategic creativity in today's world which he saw as characterised by unselfishness, caring and compassion, but also wealth creation. He stressed the need to use such wealth to ensure a healthy people and a healthy planet. It was up to us, he argued, to decide if that was the kind of world we wanted to live in and, if so, this meant that we had to think very carefully about how we chose to use our creativity.

For more information about the Acre 20 conference, you can email Ena: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  but please do so quickly as this event is already heavily subscribed.

Applications are now open for the October 2014 intake of the International Joint MSc in Strategic Innovation & Future Creation at the University of Malta: 

Subjects include creativity and idea generation, innovation management, foresight/future studies and entrepreneurship. This Masters course will be delivered jointly by the University of Malta, the Univeristy of Potsdam (Germany) and the Univeristy of Turku (Finland) over three semesters mainly by e-learning but with three five-day intensive residential courses at each of the participating universities during the first year. The deadline for applications is July 24 2014.

We're especially pleased to share this opportunity since Editorial Board Member, Professor Sandra Dingli, was responsible for designing the first Masters Programme in Creativity & Innovation at the University of Malta a number of years ago. At the time I was unable to take up her invitation to contribute to that programme - something I've often regretted.

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