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The Festival of Creative Learning is a year-long festival exploring creative learning and innovation at the University of Edinburgh (UoE). It is supported by the Institute for Academic Development (IAD). Both staff and students are invited to apply to run events with the Festival.

The Festival is run by two members of staff at the Institute for Academic Development, Jennifer Williams and Lucy Ridley. We provide holistic support to enhance the wider impact of the Festival of Creative Learning.

At the Festival of Creative Learning, we aim to: 

  • Recognise, celebrate and inspire creative learning at the UoE  
  • Help participants to gain new skills and broaden mindsets 
  • Support the UoE community in developing creative learning practices by providing a platform for experimentation and exploration  
  • Enhance the UoE experience in line with strategic learning and teaching priorities 
  • Develop a pipeline of innovation at UoE through encouragement, training and self-directed learning opportunities 
  • Explore the definitions of innovation and creativity and how they can be further embedded into the learning experience   
  • Cultivate the effective design and delivery of innovative and creative events  
  • Foster meaningful and interesting collaborations and learning communities  
  • Use our resources and knowledge to enhance our local and global community  

 and we value

  • Openness – nurturing an open mindset and curiosity about learning 
  • Collaboration – creating meaningful connections  
  • Creativity – taking risks and implementing original ideas 
  • Mindfulness – celebrating thoughtful and holistic ways of working 
  • Experimentation – building and prototyping ideas in a supportive environment 

If you are interested in the history of the Festival of Creative Learning, which grew out of Innovative Learning Week (2012-2016), you can read about it here...

The Team

Lucy Ridley

Projects & Engagement Administrator
Institute for Academic Development

Creative Things I Love include time with animals, yoga, being outside, cross-stitch and exploration.

Jennifer Williams

Projects & Engagement Coordinator
Institute for Academic Development

Creative Things I Love include learning, poetry, yoga, being vegan and mindfulness.