The Creative Mindsets intervention has a strong evidence base in improving attainment for all students by building growth mindsets in both students and staff – the belief that ability develops through effort and by embracing challenge. Based on Dweck’s implicit theories of Intelligence, and learning from UAL’s Breaking Bias staff development module, the workshops address stereotype threat (Osborne, 2007) and implicit bias (Staats, 2014). These can create barriers to learning via self-limiting identities, peer interactions, staff expectations and teaching and assessment approaches. There is firm evidence that growth mindsets reduce stereotypes and implicit bias.

Students taking part in the Changing Mindsets workshop with Grayson Perry at CSM – Photo credit: Gareth Johnson

Initially called, Changing Mindsets, the Creative Mindsets is funded for 2 years by OfS and led by academics at the University of Portsmouth. Student and staff workshops are being run at the five HEIs including Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Brighton and the University of Winchester.

Professor Susan Orr, UAL Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement is the UAL project lead.

Vikki Hill, Creative Mindsets Project Associate, is the main contact for information.

Follow the Changing Mindsets Project  blog here.

Students at the What is Talent, What is Failure? exhibition inspired by a Changing Mindsets workshop at Camberwell College of Arts and curated by Graduate Fine Art Intern, Daisy Young – Photo credit: Gareth Johnson