The #creativeHE community

We plan to meet physically on a monthly basis, each time at a different institution. Register for meetings here:

There are no dates scheduled at the moment for #creativeHE Community Meetup.

About #creativeHE


This is an open collaborative community for creative and innovative practitioners growing out of the Greenhouse initiative that operated from 2014-2016 at Manchester Metropolitan University Nerantzi, 2016) and the online #creativeHE community through which a series of online events and courses have been offered by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University in partnership with Creative Academic and facilitators from a range of institutions nationally and internationally (Nerantzi, 2017). In the coming year we will continue connecting, collaborating, experimenting and learning together online, which now supports and connects a global community of over 600 people, through online discussions, courses and events, organised through #creativeHE, the Creative Academic and the wider academic community. The openly licensed #101creativeideas project will help us collect and share our ideas and the pedagogic innovators project (#pin) to engage in related research activities.

What is new, is the addition of gatherings locally, the #creativeHE meet-ups, initially in the NW of England but ultimately anywhere there is an interest and we are welcome.


During our meet-ups, we will have the opportunity to get to know each other, share and grow new ideas, take risks and support each other in our creative adventures, experiment and play, as well as test and develop pedagogical ideas and identify ways to take them forward.We suggest that each gathering features time for socialising. As the gatherings will all be free and open, we encourage each participant to bring a gift of food and/or non-alcoholic drinks to share with other participants. Homemade and more healthy contributions are very welcome as are foods from different cultures. In this simple way we aim to encourage sharing of the many cultures that make up our society. We write about our meetups on the CELT blog.

Join us

This community is open to anyone who would like to join, academic staff, students and the wider public. All who have an interest in creative and innovative approaches to teaching and helping others learn. (NB: This is a Google Community - you will need a Gmail account to join.)


join the online #creativeHE community »


If you would like to become a #creativeHE champion in your institution, please get in touch with Chrissi Nerantzi.

We are really looking forward to seeing you online and locally,

Chrissi Nerantzi #creativeHE community co-ordinator from CELT


Nerantzi, C. (2016) Using Ecological Metaphors to Represent Professional Growth: Our extraordinary ‘Greenhouse’, its creative academic gardeners and the growing of pedagogical ideas, in: Exploring Creative Ecologies, Creative Academic Magazine, Issue 5, September 2016, pp. 64-70, available at

Curating the #Creative HE Course Creative Academic Magazine 6 January 2017‚Äč

#creativeHE community Flickr stream:

#creativeHE community


The local #creativeHE meetups are organised jointly by:

Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University, Manchester University, Creative Academic

Institutional Contacts:

Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Chrissi Nerantzi, Principal Lecturer Academic CPD, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Email

Manchester University
Dr Kate Rowlands,Global Development Institute| School of Environment, Education and Development Email

University of Salford
Neil Withnell, Associate Dean Academic Enhancement, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences Email

Creative Academic
Prof. Norman Jackson, Founder of Creative Academic Email


Past Meetings


Tuesday 24th October 2017

An exploratory session to establish the purpose for the local meetups

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Focus on: the creative use of pedagogical models and frameworks. Please come along to share your work, any half-baked ideas and develop them further together.

Friday 15th December 2017

Focus on: learning through making and we invite participants to share their related ideas and practices.

Friday 19th January 2018

Focus on: Ideas generation using low- and high-tech mindmapping tools.

Thursday 15th February 2018

Focus on: Creative use of social media for learning and teaching

Friday 16th March 2018

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Friday 22nd June 2018