The #creativeHE community

We plan to meet physically on a monthly basis, each time at a different institution.

#creativeHE meetings 2018/19

1st October 2018

All Saints, Room 105

Collaborative Learning

20th November

All Saints, Room 105


28th February

UCLAN (Preston)
Adelphi Building, Adelphi Conference Room (see the orange building AB on the campus map). More travel info and directions

16th April

Salford University
Mary Seacole 2.64

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.


join the online #creativeHE Facebook group»


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

#creativeHE community Flickr stream:

#creativeHE community


The #creativeHE meetups are organised jointly by:

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

#creativeHE collaborators and institutional champions:

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

Prof. Norman Jackson, Emeritus Professor University of Surrey and Founder Lifewide Education and Creative Academic Resource Hubs and Networks,

Sandra Sinfield, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Professional and Educational Development, course and professional development organiser and developer, London Metropolitan University,

Neil Withnell, Associate Dean Academic, Mary Seacole Building, University of Salford, Salford.

Sue Watling, Teaching Enhancement Advisor, Directorate of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, University of Hull, email

Dr Kate Rowlands, Senior Lecturer in Development Management, Global Development Institute, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester,

Dr Nikos Fachantidis, Assistant Professor, Programme Leader of MA in Lifelong Education and MA ICT in Education, Director of Robotics Academy, University of Macedonia,

Dr Emma Gillaspy, Senior Lecture in Digital Learning, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Central Lancashire,

Dr Curie Scott, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Excellence in Learning,  Bournemouth University, 


Northern #creativeHE meetups are organised currently by Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford, University of Manchester, University of Central Lancashire and Creative Academic.