Terry Finnigan – Research Specialist

Terry Finnigan is Head of Widening Participation at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts (UAL), London. She has worked at UAL for over eleven years and has been involved in various teaching and learning projects in that time.

Terry was involved in developing a CLIP CETL student voice project ‘Tell Us About It in 2007. Within this project high achieving students from diverse backgrounds were encouraged to share their learning experiences within the university. They produced a range of artefacts, which were exhibited and used in workshops with staff and new students to encourage discussion around diversity and identity within art and design.

In 2009 she was part of the national HEA/ECU funded Summit programme: Improving the degree attainment of Black and Minority Ethnic students. She successfully led four inclusive curriculum projects based on student staff and alumni co-creation within the university. She became an HEA fellow in 2009 and a National Teaching Fellow in Art & Design in 2010.

She is currently studying for her Ed.D at the Institute of Education and her research interests include issues of social justice, the promotion of an inclusive curriculum in art & design, equity and success for BME students in HE and the pivotal role of student voice in creating long-term change.