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Professor Louise Jackson

Head of Learning Enhancement


Area of Work

Responsible for academic staff development and promoting good practice in Learning and Teaching. Professor of Critical Pedagogy and Arts Education. National Teaching Fellow
Louise Jackson


Louise, who originally trained as a singer, has interests in Critical Pedagogy and the arts in Higher Education; inclusive pedagogical practices and Widening Participation in the arts; the role of the arts in medical education; and the neoliberalisation of social justice and its impact on Higher Education. In 2013, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy, the highest award for teaching in Higher Education. 

* Conferred with the title of Professor in January 2017.

Teaching Experience

At Trinity Laban, Louise contributes to the teaching on the BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre Performance and in particular works with undergraduates to develop their independent creative projects. Additionally, Louise works with doctoral researchers on the training programme Preparing to Teach, which introduces them to key practices in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. For teaching staff, Louise is responsible for the support provided for colleagues to obtain Higher Education Academy recognition. Louise has previously taught a range of practice-based and contextual topics including: Asian Musical Theatre; Jazz and the Modern Musical; Composing for Dance; Devising Music Theatre; Community and Participatory Music and Musical Theatre practices.

Current Research Degree Supervision

Park Stickney: The Haptic Harpist: expanding the chromatic vocabulary of the double-action pedal harp, start date October 2016

Stephanie Oatridge:  The Progressive Conservatoire: Responding to the evolving practice & educational needs of musicians, viewed through the lens of dis/ability theory, start date January 2018

Uchenna Ngwe: Beyond Coleridge-Taylor: exploring classical performance and the legacies of classical musicians of African descent in Britain 1837-1952, start date September 2018

Qualifications And Background

2015: EdD (Education Doctorate) University of Exeter

2005: MA in Music, University of Sussex

2003: BA (Hons) in Music (1st Class), University College Chichester (now University of Chichester)


Creative Outputs


2015-16: Higher Education Academy Universities HR Strategic Enhancement Programme

2015-16: Measuring Learning Gain from practice and work-based learning programmes, part of the HEFCE Learning Gain Programme

2014-2015: London Postgraduate Mentoring Programme, part of the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme

Publications (Peer-Reviewed Articles, Case Studies and Book Chapters)

J. Clark and L. Jackson (2018) 'Aesthetic Education and the Phenomenology of learner temporality in contemporary higher education' in Educational Futures and Fractures: Time and Space in the Neoliberal University (Eds. Maddie Breeze, Christina Costa, Yvette Taylor) Palgrave McMillan, publication due late 2018.

L. Jackson and V. Stretton (2018) 'Case Study: Networking approaches to integrating mid-programme entry undergraduate Musical Theatre Students' in Transition In, Through, and Out of University, (Eds. Ruth Matheson, Sue Tangney, Mark Sutcliffe and Nicola Poole) Routledge.

J. Clark and L. Jackson (2018) 'Ideology in Neoliberal Higher Education: The Case of the Entrepreneur and the Arts', Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 16: 1.

M. Barr and L. Jackson (2018)'Enhancing delivery and assessment: A case study in module redesign for improved transition into Higher Education' in Journal of Political Science Education Published online 9 February 2018:

L. Jackson and C. Price, (2017) 'Illuminating constellations of peer mentoring: the case of Music programmes in Higher Education' in Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Published online 22 Dec 2017:

L. Jackson and H. Lindley-Milton, (2017) 'Professional Recognition tool-kit for musicians and dancers teaching in higher education', Higher Education Academy.

L. Jackson and V. Stretton, (2017) 'Musical Theatre Case Study: a throughline of research activity is built into the programme' in Disciplinary Approaches to Connecting the Higher Education Curriculum (Eds. Fung. D, Brent Carnell, B and Tong, V.) UCL Press.

J. Clark and L. Jackson, (2017) 'Aesthetic Education, Critical Pedagogy and Specialist Institutions' in Hall, R. and Winn, J. Mass Intellectuality, Democracy, Co-operation and Leadership in Higher Education, Bloomsbury

L. Jackson 'Book Review: Towards an Inclusive Arts Education edited by Kate Hatton' in Disability and Society, 32: 6 (Online: May 11 2017)

J. Dryburgh and L. Jackson (2016) 'Building a Practice of Learning Together: Expanding the Functions of Feedback with the use of the flipchart in Contemporary Dance Technique' in Research in Dance Education. 17:2, 130-144, DOI: 10.1080/14647893.2016.1139078 Linda Rolfe Writers Award.

L. Jackson and M. Dines (2016) ' Vocaloids and Japanese Virtual Vocal Performance: the Cultural Heritage and Technological Futures of Vocal Puppetry' in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality, Oxford: OUP.

J. Lake, L. Jackson and C. Harding(2015) 'A fresh perspective on medical education: the lens of the arts' in Medical Education, 49:8, 759-772.Medical Education Podcast interview. Available here:

J. Lake and L. Jackson (2013) ‘Enabling Fresh Perspectives on Assessment via the Performing Arts’ in Medical Education, 47:11, 1146.

L. Jackson (2009) 'Book Review: Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians by Jeffrey Agrell' in British Journal of Music Education, 27:1, 103-104.

L. Jackson (2008) ‘Teaching and Performing’ in Musician and Songwriters’ Yearbook 2008, (Little, J. D., and Chatburn, K., Eds.) London: A. C. and Black.

L. Jackson (2004) ‘Aural training with rock and pop’ in Music Teacher, October Edition.


L. Jackson 'A critical pedagogy approach to activity design in a higher education teaching preparation programme for research students in the performing arts', 4th International Conference on Critical Pedagogies and Philosophies of Education, University of Winchester, 27-28 July 2017 

L. Jackson 'Dead Zones of Music in Higher Education: the voice and self-organising public pedagogy', Opera and Politics 2: Voices of Anarchy, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, 14 June 2017 (Co-curator with Guy Harries)

L. Jackson 'System-based approaches and pedagogical tensions to timetabling performing arts in Higher Education', Academic Registrar's Council Annual Timetabling Conference, May 19 2017 (Invited Speaker)

J. Clark and L. Jackson 'Social Constructions in the Academy: The Case of the Entrepreneur', Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain: London Branch, February 15 2017, Institute of Education, UCL (Invited Speakers)

J. Clark and L. Jackson 'Ideology and the Economic Subject: The Role of the Entrepreneur within Conservatoire Education' part of the Freedom in Ambiguity: Creative Practices’ Pedagogical Perspectives Symposium at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, 7-9 December 2016, Newport, Wales.

J. Clark and L. Jackson 'Arts Institutions and Aesthetic Education', 14th ELIA Biennial Conference Turn Windows into Mirrors,30 November – 3 December 2016 Florence, Italy.

L. Jackson and M. Dines 'Vocaloids and Japanese Virtual Vocal Performance: The Cultural Heritage and Technological Futures of Vocal Puppetry' part of the Music and Virtuality Panel and Sheila Whiteley Tribute at IASPM UK and Ireland Conference 2016: Creativity: Practice and Praxis, 8-10 September 2016, Brighton. (Invited Panel Member)

L. Jackson '“Dead Zones” of Music in Higher Education’ part of the Critical Pedagogy and Music Education Panel at Royal Musical Association 52nd Annual Conference,3– 5September 2016, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

L. Jackson 'Resisting Neoliberalism in Higher Education: a perspective from the Conservatoire', 6th International Conference on Critical Education: Dialogue, Solidarity and Resistance against Neo-liberalism and Neo-conservatism in Education, 10-13 August 2016, University of Middlesex.

J. Clark and L. Jackson 'Specialist Institutions and Managing the Avant-Garde', Avant-Garde Pedagogies (Higher Education and Theory) 7-8 July 2016, University of Westminster.

J. Clark and L. Jackson 'John Dewey, Aesthetic Education and Critical Pedagogy', 3rd International Conference on Critical Pedagogies and Philosophies of Education, 16-17 June 2016, Liverpool Hope University.

J. Clark and L. Jackson 'Teaching Excellence in the Conservatoire: Aesthetic and Critical considerations for the Arts in Higher Education' at The (Proposed) Teaching Excellence Framework: Whose world-view is this anyway?, 6 May 2016, BERA Higher Education SIG, Institute of Education.

J. Clark and L. Jackson 'Creative Practice and Engagement: Research Degree Students, their supervisors and emerging engagement pedagogies for Music and Dance',Quality Enhancement Network: Student Engagement in Postgraduate Research Provision, QAA Quality Enhancement Network, 3 March 2016, University of Greenwich.

J. Clark and L. Jackson 'Engagement as critical consciousness: Engaging students through an Aesthetic education', Inspire HEA Arts and Humanities Conference, 3 March 2016, Brighton. 

L. Jackson 'Working with reluctant staff and students', Quality Enhancement Network: Embedding digital literacies in Higher Education, University of Southampton, 12 November 2015.

A. Spain and L. Jackson 'Inclusive Pedagogy', Conservatoires UK 2015 Conference, 22 October 2015.

L. Jackson 'Mentoring in a Performing Arts Institution', How do we widen access to postgraduate study?  The London Postgraduate Mentoring Project, 9 July 2015.

J. Lake, L. Jackson and C. Harding 'A Fresh perspective on medical education from the Performing Arts', BERA Researching Medical Education SIG, 26 March 2015.

L. Jackson and E. Herrington ‘Institutional views of global citizens’, Speaking without words: art design and performing arts as a global language for global citizens, 31 March 2014, UAL. Part of the HEA Discipline Specific Seminar Series 2013-14 (Co-Convenor, funding received: £750)

J. Bamford; S. Burgess; S. Bagaeen; L. Jackson; S. Markwell (HEA SIG: Global Citizenship and the Curriculum Theme Group): ‘What is Global Citizenship?’, the HEA Annual Conference, The University of Warwick 3-4 July 2013

L. Jackson 'Anamnesis and the mix-tape: Developing an individual narrative through playlists as a music induction process',Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, (HEA Arts and Humanities 2nd Annual Conference) Brighton, 29-30May 2013

L. Jackson ‘Engaging students with students: Utilising HE Music students within Widening Participation workshops to enhance their own learning experience’, LDHEN Symposium, April 6-7 2009‏, University of Bournemouth

L. Jackson Reading Musical Theatre: Language Codes and Narrative Pedagogy in the teaching of Musical Theatre’, Putting it together: Teaching Musical Theatre in UK Higher Education, Palatine Event, Bath Spa University, 27-28 March 2009

External Appointments

Co-convener of the Social Justice Special Interest Group for the British Educational Research Association (BERA).

Editorial Board Member Journal of Popular Music Education

Reviewer for Innovations in Learning and Teaching International (Journal)

Reviewer for the BERA National Conference 2016

Assessor for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (HEA)


2014: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

2013: National Teaching Fellow