JENNA GARDNER Creative Lancashire 2023



    Research activity per year

    Personal profile


    I am an academic and educator in design, with over twenty years experience in higher education settings. I am passionate about design for people and planet, and embed themes of sustainability and ethical practice into curriculum design and delivery. 

    Research interests

    Co-design; creative exchange, knowledge exchange, facilitation and collaboration; participatory design approaches; design thinking; human-centred design; creative and design processes.


    Teaching and Learning

    • Significant and current experience of lecturing in design-based higher education with a subject specialism in graphic design
    • Significant Programme Leadership experience of Graphic Design degree programmes
    • Research, creative study and dissertation supervision
    • Driving innovation in teaching, learning and assessment
    • Experience in leading IV and EV processes
    • Cross curriculum delivery of art and design research/theory-based subjects and specialisms in particpatory design, co-design approaches and design communication
    • Developing, implementing, and evaluating teaching, learning and assessment strategies and approaches
    • Monitoring success data and designing interventions
    • Delivering outstanding teaching and learning experiences
    • Operating a diverse, inclusive, equitable and considerate environment for all
    • Pastoral and tutorial responsibilities

    External engagement

    People, Partnerships and Community

    • People-centred approaches
    • Fostering strong communities
    • Managing external partnerships
    • Working alongside external agencies, projects, festivals, and initiatives to enrich the curriculum and the student experience
    • Engaging with local and regional educational providers from secondary schools and colleges in terms of recruitment and curriculum development and the career pipeline
    • Sitting on the steering group for the National Festival of Making and supporting the programming
    • Participating in projects with regional partners, including sitting on regional panels and sitting on advisory boards
    • Initiating and lead projects with a range of organisations
    • Maintaining relationships with local and regional employers and organisations providing opportunities for our current students and recent graduates
    • Curriculum and knowledge exchange
    • Exhibitions and community events to conferences, employer forums and open events
    • Co-ordinating exhibitions and art and design degree shows
    • Successful bid writing experiences as lead author and contributor and working with research funding on educational and community engagement initiatives
    • Working closely with academic colleagues and external agencies and stakeholders to develop our third mission agenda and link the university to local social, economic and cultural priorities including the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Arts Council England (ACE) ‘priority place’ status, Lancashire business growth fund (LBG), and Lancashire’s City Status bid

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Design, PhD, Future Designer 2030, Lancaster University

    1 Apr 201831 Oct 2026

    Award Date: 31 Oct 2026

    Graphic Design, MA, Sex Symbol: Gender Stereotyping in Pictogram Design, University of Central Lancashire

    1 Sept 201120 Jan 2014

    Award Date: 20 Jan 2014

    Education (PGCE), PGCert, Creativity and Disability, University of Central Lancashire

    1 Sept 20031 Jun 2005

    Award Date: 1 Jun 2005

    Graphic Design, BA, Street Signs, Lancaster University

    1 Sept 20001 Jul 2003

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2003


    • NX Arts in general
    • Co-design; creative exchange, knowledge exchange, facilitation and collaboration; participatory design approaches; design thinking; human-centred design; creative and design processes

    Research Institutes

    • Institute for Creative Enterprise

    Research Centres

    • Centre for Social Responsibility

    Research Groups

    • Culture Power and Inclusion Research Group


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