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‘Redefining experiential learning’ – Trinity Laban impresses Global Teaching Excellence Award judges

Thu 19 July 2018

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance reached the final for this year’s Advance HE’s Global Teaching Excellence Award, appearing on a shortlist of just 17 impressive higher education institutions selected from more than 40 countries.

At a ceremony in Edinburgh on Wednesday 18 July attended by Trinity Laban’s Head of Learning Enhancement Professor Louise Jackson, the judging panel described Trinity Laban’s submission as – 

“A strong application from a vocationally driven institution that blurs the traditional relationship of teaching and learning into a community of practice whose boundaries start before, during and after candidature.

“Trinity Laban demonstrates a strategic commitment to teaching excellence in the performing arts with great opportunities to redefine experiential learning.”

Alison Johns, Advance HE chief executive, said –

“The quality of submissions this year is truly outstanding. The geographic spread and diversity of institution type among our 2018 finalists underlines that teaching excellence and institutional commitment to its achievement is evident around the world.”

Trinity Laban’s submission focused on three key messages:

  • Diversity and inclusivity
  • Experiential learning, informed by both research and professional practice
  • The development of a learning community

The submission celebrated Trinity Laban’s achievements in supporting a diverse cohort of students through a range of innovative and excellent teaching models. There was a focus on Trinity Laban’s acclaimed Learning Enhancement Unit, which was set up in 2014 by Professor Jackson, a National Teaching Fellow, and which actively promotes teaching excellence both at Trinity Laban and across the conservatoire sector.