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HSS Creative Showcase Project

The Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Creative Showcase Project was an extra-curricular project hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Spring 2022. The project supported students from the School to present and communicate their final major projects to public audiences through creative outputs.

The project saw eleven students drawn from Criminology, English, History, International Relations, and Sociology, to take part in a week-long "Creative Bootcamp" at ARU in May 2022. Here, the group of graduating students developed artworks based on the research of their final-year research projects and dissertations.


The project encouraged the students to consider the "real-world" relevance and impact of their research projects, and how they could transcend the traditional dissertation to communicate their research to wider audiences in creative forms and formats. In producing these creative outputs, students gained confidence and skills, highly transferable to their future careers, as well as contributing to how creative skills and assessments might be embedded in the School's future curriculum of courses.

The HSS Creative Showcase Project was conceived by Dr Fiona Cosson, then Head of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, led and developed by David Jay, the School’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment Lead, and supported by the faculty’s technical team. The Humanities and Social Sciences Creative Showcase Project was kindly funded by the ARU Foundation.

You can see the final work by Criminology student Rachel Goodchild on our PastPresent exhibition site, and watch videos by Nadia Mansoor and Patrick Abanonu, or browse photos from the project, below.

@n_isfornadia #AHSSCreatives #ARU #Cambridge #art ♬ Love You So - The King Khan & BBQ Show
@patrick_abanonu Reflections!!! #AHSSCreatives #ARU #Cambridge #bootcamp #angliaruskinuniversity ♬ Aesthetic - Tollan Kim