Professor Vicky Gunn joined The Glasgow School of Art as the Head of Learning and Teaching in November 2014. Prior to that she was Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre at the University of Glasgow. She has a research and teaching profile in tertiary learning and teaching in the Arts and Humanities and an eclectic publications list as a result. She has been the research lead on several national-level teaching enhancement projects with both QAA Scotland and the Higher Education Academy and has a penchant for policy development in higher education at institutional and national levels.
All of her work is woven together through the theme of the applied humanities which sometimes sits easily as an humanities practice but increasingly falls into being a humanities oriented sub-specialism of Design. Her work pulls together threads of a background in higher education practices, history, and practical theology. Her research areas include: the relationship between broad personhood development and research-intensive disciplinary learning in a creative practices environment; the application of cultural theories to learning in higher education in general and Art School in particular; embracing equality and diversity through disciplinary development in Art and Design; (and for fun) developing the queer historical imaginary to explore contemporary social conflicts as a creative Arts practice.
She is an Alumnus of the University of Glasgow, having done both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies there. She is currently undertaking a project exploring Studio as embodied pedagogy at GSA and welcomes PhD students interested in the relationships between interdisciplinarity, disicplinarity, Education, social inclusion and Art, Design & Architecture in higher education contexts.