I am a programme coordinator in Higher Education (HE) in a College in the South West of England. I have worked in HE for 14 years lecturing on a range of Education courses including Foundation Degrees, BA tops ups in Early Years, Teaching and Learning and the PGCE. Tutoring a range of students on various academic programmes courses has allowed me the privilege to get to know the students I teach. As such, various projects have stemmed from initial discussions with students about their interest in the subjects I teach, these include academic writing, the benefits for personal and professional development leading to academic confidence building. I am currently collaborating with a fellow college higher education professional on the benefits of writing for the development of academic confidence with other projects on the horizon. I am currently working on a project that focuses on the benefits of feedback, identifying the ways in which students are supported. This is the first collaborative project with students I have conducted. I am interested in academic identity in College Higher Education, which is the focus for my PhD. Twitter: @Amilner29
Iain has a 50-year highly successful track record in creativity, with early work in music, painting and performing arts. He studied Engineering Design at the University of Bath winning a National Student Design Prize. His career began designing nuclear power stations. At 26, he was one of the lead designers of the pioneering World's first air-cooled Nuclear Fuel Store in Wales.
IBM headhunted Iain as one of the UK best young Engineering Designers to demonstrate advanced CAD CAM systems. He worked with design teams in Automotive, Ships, Bridges, Manufacturing, Trucks, Nuclear Power, Consumer Goods and more. His IBM career took him from heading the UK Geographic Information Systems team into sales of Large Systems, creating complex proposals up to $40M in every private and public sector. Iain led marketing teams in the UK and Europe for $12Bn revenue before leading the global IBM effort to create the largest sales process for 120,000 sales people in over 100 countries with benefits over $1Bn/Year.
Iain is now a private Consultant and Mentor in such diverse areas as Process Design, Sustainability (created world's first report demonstrating how more IT could reduce global emissions 15%), Green Data Centres, Product Innovation, IT, HPC, Web Design, App Development and Marine/other Inventions. A leader in creativity, Iain has always had a passion for growing teams’ creativity capabilities as well as for his photography and teaching advanced sailing and navigation.
Journal editor Dr Marilyn Fryer was delighted to be one of the three recipients of the prestigious 105th Birthday Torrance Lifetime Creativity Award, alongside eminent creativity colleagues Dr Bonnie Cramond and Dr Kobus Neethling. The awards were announced at the 5th Annual E Paul Torrance Roundtable in Creative Thinking in Dubai recently.
The KIE team received 37 nominations from across the globe; 8 nominees were short-listed out of which 3 were selected. Dr James Kaufman commented ‘A hearty congratulations to all winners – a top-notch group who are incredibly deserving’.
Watch this space for more information about Dr Torrance’s work and its relevance to the pressing issues we all face today.