Professor Louise Jackson is the Associate Dean (Academic Development) at ICMP.
As the Associate Dean, Louise brings a wealth of experience in institutional and staff development to ensure ICMP continues to keep at the cutting edge of learning, teaching and research.
Louise, who originally trained as a singer, was previously a Senior Lecturer at University of Chichester and Head of Learning Enhancement at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. In 2013, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the highest award for teaching in higher education, and in January 2018 she was conferred with the academic title Professor at Trinity Laban. She was subsequently re-conferred with the title Professor upon joining ICMP in November 2019. Louise has a strong interest in pedagogical research, with a focus on inclusive pedagogical practices and access and participation in the arts in higher education, and Critical Pedagogy. She was previously co-convenor of the British Education Research Association Social Justice Special Interest Group and has published widely on topics ranging from research skills development in Musical Theatre, peer mentoring in music programmes, Aesthetic Education, the role of the arts in medical education, and Vocaloids. She is currently co-writing a book called Digitally-Enhanced Arts Education: Teaching with Technology in Music, Dance, and Drama Higher Education, due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020.
Louise is interested in working with creative practitioners in developing their teaching practice and authored the HEA (now Advance HE) Fellowship Toolkit for Musicians and Dancers. She has mentored a range of practitioners in developing small-scale projects and interventions in their teaching. She is also dedicated to diversity and the enhancement of teaching practices, curriculum, and higher education more generally, and is interested in how higher education institutions can shape industry to better reflect society demographics.