Working Together to Expand the Pool of Art History Students 

Session Convenors:

Hilary Robinson (Loughborough University)

Joanna Woodall (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Please email your paper proposal to the session convenors using the Paper Proposal Form


This workshop is sponsored by the Association for Art History’s Higher Education Committee, a UK-wide body that serves the dual function of advising the Association for Art History on matters of concern within the HE sector and organising, within a broader network, advocacy efforts regarding such matters.

Recruitment to art history and visual culture degrees in the UK is under pressure. Colleagues often complain about competing with other universities for students from a limited pool of applicants. The Office for Students’ ‘equality, diversity and inclusion’ agenda, and our own ethics, challenge us to recruit a greater number of students who are more diverse in gender, class, ethnicity, age and dis/ability.

This workshop is for colleagues in the UK HE sector to share experiences, good and bad, relating to student recruitment at a time of crisis in HE. We shall think collectively about effective models and new initiatives, building on mutual strength and collaboration. There will be short, informative presentations, followed by a structured discussion amongst all who attend. The aim is to learn from each other and to formulate specific, collaborative plans to widen the pool.

Topics for discussion may include:

  • case-studies of attempts to ‘widen participation’: successes and failures
  • experiences of working with state schools and/or FE colleges
  • the foundation year and/or summer schools as strategies to ‘widen the pool’
  • ideas for expanding student intake, including inter-institutional collaborations
  • financial and other material incentives
  • attracting and retaining more students by changes to the curriculum, pedagogies, and profiles of academic staff.

We seek:

  • proposals for the short presentations
  • expressions of interest from individuals and/or university departments that would like to contribute to the discussion.

Submit a paper

Please email your paper proposals direct to the session convenors above, using the Paper Proposal Form

You need to provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because the title is what appears online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 21 October 2019

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