The #creativeHE community

About #creativeHE

The domain: Members of #creativeHE share a common interest in creativity and innovation in learning, teaching and research. They are members of staff and students. The #creativeHE team consists currently of 16 members in 13 different institutions and organisations in 3 countries. The community is open to anybody who is interested in exploring creativity in learninga nd teaching within and beyond the UK. If you would like to join us, you can participate in our activities which you will find here on this website and join our FB community. We also use the hashtag #creativeHE on Twitter.

The community: The #creativeHE community was founded in 2015 as an extension to the Greenhouse, a community of practitioners across Manchester Met, which it replaced after December 2016 and became an open cross-institutional community with 6 institutional team members who shared a common interest in creativity and knew each other professionally at the time. Today, the community has almost 500 members and over 1000 individuals from over 100 institutions around the world have participated so far. We come together to learn and experiment, support each other as well as identify opportunities for collaboration and wider sharing of their work and research around creativity more widely.

The activities of the #creativeHE community and their interactions create a wide range of resources, opportunities for discussions and debates through a series of activities, including open courses and online discussions, local meetups when and where possible. So far the local meetups have taken place in the NW of England, each time in a different institution. Since the pandemic started in 2020, we moved all our activities online and have seen an increase in interest in our work which has led to further growth and expansion of the community. We organise regular meet-ups which are highly popular and have attracted over 100 participants at a time. Furthermore, we introduced the annual #creativeHE jam event (thank you Anna for the name!), usually in the summer to celebrate the work of community members and showcase their work highly interactive and varried ways. The format of the #creativeHE jam is currently developed into the Global Culture Jam at Manchester Met and an openly licensed model programme (Jam Jar) supported by a OE4BW mentor is under development so that others can use it too. There are already plans to utilise the Global Culture Jam as an International Summer School. We collaborate with other organisations on a regular basis and have conducted a range of scholarly activities and disseminate these through conferences and often open-access publications.

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 UTA

In this video, Aspasia Paltoglou shares her experience of being a #creativeHE community member:

Activity in previous years


Term 1 and Term 2
The Creativity for Learning in Higher Education was offered for the forth time and was linked up with activities in the online #creativeHE community to enrich, diversity and extend learning opportunities. During that time we transitioned from the Google plus community to the Facebook group due to Google’s decision to stop operating the Google plus communities. Our new online space is now within Facebook at

Meetups throughout the year
Four North-West meetups were organised during this academic year, two at Manchester Metropolitan University, one at UCLAN and one at the University of Salford.topics such as play, games, technologies and creativity for engagement and learning were discussed and shared. The meetups strengthened relationships among practitioners, peer support and experimentation with new ideas in learning and teaching.

March and April 2019 Creativity Manifestos
Creative Academic (, #creativeHE ( and the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education ( facilitated online conversations to develop a collective creativity manifesto. A Creative Academic Magazine with individual manifestos is the key output together with a collective creativity manifesto, synthesised by Paul Kleiman. All resources can be found at

June 19 #creativeHE jam
As part of the UTA Learning and Teaching Festival a full day around creativity was organised by #creativeHE was organised. Professor Norman Jackson and Professor Alison James joined us to talk about creative ecologist and play in higher education and further practitioners shared their creative ideas in the afternoon during the marketplace activities.

Related outputs

List of related publications and resources

Nerantzi, C. (2019) The playground model revisited, a proposition to boost creativity in academic development, in: James, A. & Nerantzi, C. (eds.) (2019) The Power of Play, Palgrave, pp. 317-332. London: Palgrave.

Nerantzi, C. (2019) The role of crossing boundaries in collaborative open learning in cross-institutional academic development, Research in Learning Technology, Vol. 27, DOI:

Nerantzi, C. (2018) The design of an empirical cross-boundary collaborative open learning framework for cross-institutional academic development, In: Open Praxis, Vol. 10, No. 4, October-December 2018, pp. 325-241, DOI:

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

Nerantzi, C. (2015) The Playground Model for Creative Professional Development, In: Nerantzi, C. & James, A. (eds.) (2015) Exploring Play in Higher Education, Creative Academic Magazine, Issue 2A, June 2015, pp. 40-50, available at

Nerantzi, C. and Gossman, P. (2018) Cross-boundary communities, an alternative vision for academic development, in: Compass Journal, London: University of Greenwich, Volume 11, No. 2, DOI:

Nerantzi, C. Jackson, N. J., Mouratoglou, N. and Baff, D. (2018) Learning and teaching partnership narratives relating to the open course Creativity for Learning in Higher Education (#creativeHE), In: Compass Journal

Nerantzi, C. and Jackson J. N. (2018) #creativeHE:  An animated Google+ platform for challenging practitioners to think differently, in: Reedy, K. & Parker, J. (2017) Digital Literacy unpacked. Facet Publishing, pp.123-137.

Nerantzi, C. and Sinfield, S. (2017) A reflective conversation by the #creativeHE organisers, in: Curating the #creativeHE course in January 2017, Creative Academic Magazine, Issue 6, February 2017 pp. 81-84, available at

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

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


#creativeHE community Flickr stream:

#creativeHE community