Mr Colin Searls

Mr Colin Searls

Strategic Lead Quality & Student Support

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Media Arts tutor.

Module Leader MEDI 602 and MEDI 604 and co-ordinator of Media Arts Essentials

University Roles:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities contact for "Plymouth Plus".

Deputising for AD(LT) on student complaints/appeals.


BA (1st. Class) Hons. Fine Art Sculpture (with special commendation in Art History) 1977 Gloucestershire College of Art and Design.

Higher Diploma in Fine Art -HDFA 1980 (Slade School) University College London.

Teaching interests

Supervision of contextual/theoretical study in support of studio practice.

Module Leader Media Arts Dissertation

Module Leader Professional Futures

Research interests

Current Project:Exploring the epistemological and practical challenges experienced by Arts practitioners when engaging with an Educational Development programme. (Working with project lead  Dr.Jenny Winter)



Treasure, K., Winter, J., and Searls, C. (2015) Exploring the experiences of arts practitioners engaging with Educational Development programmes. Vice Chancellors annual Teaching and Learning Conference. Plymouth University. June 26 2015

Big Potatoes Design workgroup

(Focus on changes to Design education)

Other Research themes:

Understanding the changing drivers behind Cultural regeneration.

Concepts of academic freedom.

Exploring the tensions between human agency and shifting concepts of vicitimhood.

Questioning links between therapy and Education.

Championing Art for Arts sake.

Supporting the Debating Salon "The Disputables"

Research groups

  • Expanded Narrative

Additional information


MA Publishing programme

University of Plymouth Press

Academics For Academic Freedom - AFAF National on-line statement of academic freedom for university lecturers

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