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CHEAD and Crafts Council COVID-19 Higher Education Survey

Key findings from our joint survey into how the Higher Education sector is supporting craft students during COVID-19. 

In May Crafts Council worked with the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) to survey Higher Education partners delivering craft courses during COVID-19. We wanted to gain a better understanding of how the sector is adapting and sustaining provision to support students and graduates at this time. The survey was open from 1st May to 15th May 2020 and was sent Higher Education partners across the UK and publicised via social media.

We've collaborated with CHEAD to create this infographic showing the key findings of the survey. The results highlight a sector adapting to challenging circumstances and moving to offer online teaching and support for students, who have been struggling with the sudden changes to course deivery. Assessment of student work has emerged as a particular area of difficulty, with 91% of courses moving to virtual, rather than physical, assessment--a particular challenge for craft makers. Other key findings include:

  • Students are predominantly being supported to complete practical work through the provision of software and alternative means of assessment. 60% of organisations had also been able to offer equipment loans to students.
  • A range of virtual learning environments are being used to deliver courses online and live lecture/workshop delivery and separate tutorial seminar groups through VLE are the predominant technologies being used to deliver sessions.
  • 95% of responding organisations are hosting an online graduate showcase with just under a third working with an external organisation to deliver its online graduate showcase.
  • Many organisations highlighted the additional career development support they were aiming to provide for students alongside online graduate shows, including webinars and virtual networking. 
  • The survey results show organisations planning for multiple scenarios as students return in the autumn term, with workshops and timetables adapted to meet social-distancing requirements and online learning continuing to play a key role.

What Next ?

In response to the survey results, CHEAD and Crafts Council will be working together to promote online graduate showcases. You can view a list of CHEAD member showcases here and Crafts Council are listing showcases on our What's On page

Over the coming months, Crafts Council will be working with sector partners to offer support for graduating craft students online; follow @CraftsYouth on Twitter to stay up-to-date with our programming. 

Image: City & Guilds of London Art School Carving Studios, c.City & Guilds of London Art School