Professor Louise Jackson

Head of Learning Enhancement


King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
London SE10 9JF


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.

Qualifications/ Educational 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)


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.


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


Peer-Reviewed Articles, Case Studies and Book Chapters

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.

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, February 2016.

L. Jackson (2016) Case Study: 'Small-scale teacher-led inquiry to support Digital Development at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance' Quality Enhancement Network 2015-16, Available:

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.

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



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.

L. Jackson and J. Clark 'Creative Practice and Engagement: Research Degree Students, their supervisors and emerging engagement pedagogies for Music and Dance' at Quality Enhancement Network, Student Engagement in Postgraduate Research Provision23 March 2016 University of Greenwich.

L. Jackson and J. Clark 'Engagement as Critical Consciousness: Engaging students through an Aesthetic Education' at Inspire, HEA Annual Arts and Humanities Conference, 3 March 2016. 

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

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

L. Jackson 'Mentoring in a Performing Arts Institution' at 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' at BERA Researching Medical Education SIG, Institute of Education, 26 March 2015.

L. Jackson & 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 Workshop & Seminar Series 2013-14

J. Bamford; S. Burgess; S. Bagaeen; L. Jackson; S. Markwell, HEA SIG: Global Citizenship & the Curriculum Theme Group: ‘What is Global Citizenship?’ at 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' at Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, (HEA Arts and Humanities 2nd Annual Conference) Brighton, 29-30May 2013

Convenor of: It’s Working: enhancing employability as a core feature of programme design in music performance,Trinity Laban, 14 Feb 2013. Part of the HEA Workshop & Seminar Series 2012-13 Programme

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