Tracy has just embarked upon the PhD study journey at the University of Nottingham. The intention of the study is to investigate the impact, tensions and contradictions of supporting individuation, (Rogers, 1994) and special needs whilst fostering creativity. The context will be within Art & Design (A & D) subjects in Higher Education with a most likely focus upon subjects in which creativity and group work (Brown, 1992) are essential components of professional practice e.g. in Video and Film Production and Graphics and Communications. The study will explore the dynamics between being included and including and how these impact upon creativity.
As part of her MA studies at Staffordshire University together with her colleague Don Adamson she has designed and created, More than Seven Storeys an on-line community archive revealing the experiences of those who have worked and studied at the Schools’ iconic Art & Design Building (http:www.40ad.co.uk)
A digital Immigrant she may be, but she have developed a strong interest in the use of electronic, mobile and blended learning methods to enhance the student learning experience; the use and role of technology in art and design education and in particular the role of the e-tutor. To this end Tracy’s first research project was the CELT funded development a pilot online Bridging course for Chinese students wishing to study Video and Film Production.
A proficient user of British Sign Language she is active in our local Deaf community and specializes in supporting deaf students bringing a particular access and social action flavour to many of the video and film production modules. For a number of years she has been part of the coordinating and judging team for the annual Deafest celebration of Deaf Media talent
As Equality and Diversity Representative for the School of Art & Design Tracy ensures that she is abreast of equalities legislation and responsibilities which she disseminates to my staff and students alike, as well as of course contributing to policy in this regard. To this end Tracy works closely with the University’s Equality and Diversity Unit and the Associate Dean Operations & Enterprise.