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Call For Papers

Cardiff School of Art & Design at UWIC, in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy, is convening a major three day international, interdisciplinary conference for educators, researchers, managers, institutional leaders, policy-makers, funders, practitioners, research students, consultants and all others interested in promoting creativity in Higher Education.

Structure of the conference

The conference will take place over three days. Much of it will be given over to structured/chaired debate, sharing of best practice, and creative problem-solving sessions. There will be five keynote presentations of 40 minutes each (with discussion) and thirty other paper presentations of 20 minutes each (with discussion). There will also be tabled papers for distribution at conference and posting on the conference website. Click here for details of keynote speakers.


The title 'Creativity or Conformity?' highlights tensions between the learning environment required to promote creativity and current economic, legislative, and pedagogic imperatives. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for those involved in higher education to discuss this issue, share best-practice and potentially, influence policy. It will also be an important step towards establishing an active network for all, whatever their discipline, for whom promoting creativity is a primary concern.

Papers will be presented on the following themes:

1. Educating for Creativity: pedagogic, organisational and administrative innovations, ways of overcoming barriers, disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives and practices, personal development planning, action research projects, e-learning, problem-based learning, assessment and evaluation, new technology.

2. Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, academia and industry, government initiatives, creativity and the economy, professional practice, sustainability and development, ethics.


It is intended to post all abstracts and papers on the conference website and publish an edited selection of the papers in a peer-reviewed journal.

Proposal requirements

We invite submission of proposals from lecturers, academics, educationalists, researchers, managers, practitioners and others in all disciplines. Proposals should comprise:

  • an abstract of no more than 400 words
  • a title
  • a biography of no more than 150 words
  • details of technical requirements
  • contact details

The above must be received by 17 July 2006

Submission guidelines for papers will be given on acceptance of abstracts.



  • 17 July: deadline for abstracts
  • 18 August: confirmation of acceptance of abstracts
  • 16 October: deadline for receipt of papers for presentation and publication at conference
  • 13 November: deadline for receipt of papers for tabling at conference


Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to the Academic Co-ordinator Tony Bianchi, at: