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Jenna Alldread

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Graphic Design


A varied and highly rewarding role at NTU, including: Module Leader for Year 2 (Level 5) undergraduate BA Graphic Design, teaching various creative workshops across undergraduate and PG levels, primarily in printmaking and idea generation. Delivering lectures, research into contemporary graphic design and current pedagogic issues surrounding HE and graphic design. Teaching and delivering curriculum to Year 1 and Year 2. Designing curriculum, writing briefs, liaising with industry to enhance student experience. I’m particularly passionate about success for all students, enabling all students to achieve their best, to be pushed out of their comfort zones and to fully immerse themselves in all the fabulous opportunities that University can offer.

Career overview

I am an illustrator and educator and I have produced illustration work for a variety of clients including - large murals at Leeds General Infirmary, greeting cards and packaging illustrations (mainly joyful characters!) for Marks + Spencer, prints for children swear for Lion + Leopard studios which are licensed all over the world + many other small businesses. I also make and produce my own collections of prints, cards and textiles which are sold in various independent shops and galleries across the UK. Previous to NTU, I have worked as a lecturer at Leeds Arts University + The University of Lincoln. I really enjoy designing + delivering practical workshops to a range of audiences, championing the power of creative thinking, solving problems through making + visual communication as a tool to enhance experience + well-being. I have taught workshops at galleries, schools, festivals and events mostly in the North of England.

Research areas

Assessment Kills Innovation: When Students Make No Outcome conference paper, delivered at

> Future Trends in Visual Communication Design, Nottingham Trent University (2017).

> GDEN-by-the-sea. Graphic Design Educators Network Conference at Bournemouth   Arts University & Ideas of Revolt (2017).

> Graphic Design Educators Network Annual Conference at Sheffield Hallam University (2018).

‘Answering the brief: Does the structure and pace of higher education prepare graphic design students for the ‘real world’ at Teach Northern Conference at the University of Huddersfield (2015).

External activity

I work as a freelance illustrator producing work for a variety of clients all over the UK.

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