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Creative Forum

This Action Forum, formerly known as the Arts and Design Forum, aims to provide an opportunity for AccessHE Member HEIs offering creative HE courses to collaborate and strengthen their outreach activities with regards to widening access. For more information or to join the mailing list for this group, please contact us.


Chair (on maternity leave): Samantha Perez-Lumbreras, Outreach Manager, Rose Bruford College.
Maternity cover Chair: Yvette Curtin, Co-Principal, The Urdang Academy.


  • To exchange and develop good practice
  • To develop sets of learning or information materials
  • To jointly deliver activities with the target group
  • To advocate to policy-makers on access issues affecting arts providers
  • To maximise opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, networking and information sharing, including with schools/colleges, charities and employers, regarding the arts

2019 and beyond

In 2019-20, the Forum’s planned outputs include (but are not limited to):

  • A national second version of the AccessHE Creative HE Apply Guide in partnership with UKADIA
  • Research into the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), focusing on:
    • The proportion of students opting to create an artefact for their EPQ
    • The proportion of students from a WP background perusing the EPQ
    • How HEIs can support the delivery of artefact EPQs
    • The possibility of the EPQ as an alternative qualification for Creative subjects

2019-20 meetings

May 2020

Jul 2020