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 project 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.

This resource is produced in collaboration with the UAL Teaching and Learning Exchange.

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

Changing Mindsets Mid Project Report

This report explores the different institutional approaches to intervention delivery and mid-project initial findings from the two-year Office for Students (OfS) funded attainment gap project titled “Changing Mindsets: Reducing stereotype threat and implicit bias as barriers to student success”. Changing Mindsets is one of 17 OfS-funded projects focused on closing attainment gaps currently underway across the United Kingdom. The project is focused on addressing unequal student experiences and outcomes for two student groups: Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students and socio-economically disadvantaged students. The project is a multi- university partnership led by the University of Portsmouth (UoP) and including the University of the Arts London (UAL), the University of Brighton (UoB), Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), and the University of Winchester (UoW).

Read full report here – Changing-Mindsets-Mid-project-report