NiTRO + Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education

Editorial

BY Carina Böhm, Didem Caia, Clare Carlin, Emilie Collyer, Ruth Fogarty
BY SMILJANA GLISOVIC — With the first edition for the year we’re going into the NiTRO archives to trace how some of the key concerns of the last 12 months have developed since the start of the DDCA publication.
SMILJANA GLISOVIC—This edition of NiTRO Creative Matters takes its theme from this year’s DDCA annual symposium Thrive, with an attendant interest in Leadership. For some time the DDCA Board and membership have been discussing the necessary relationship between thriving and leadership, identifying that for creative practice researchers to continue to

Edited by Smiljana Glisovic With this edition we are continuing the conversation around research reporting and assessment of creative practice research outputs. The first thing to say is that the focus on measurement, accounting, and evaluating is not the only conversation to be having, and that in order to get

SMILJANA GLISOVIC, CRAIG BATTY, GRAYSON COOKE, TULLY BARNETT –––– As we read these voices side by side in this edition the field that they make visible is complex but coherent, the expression of the complexity is clear. The insights, suggestions and visions for the future are bold. The maturity we
By Jenny Wilson — The first edition of NiTRO was published on 30 June 2016. It emerged in an environment of policy change with the National Innovation and Science Agenda pushing research towards greater industry connections, collaboration and end user engagement in response to the Watt Review of Research Policy

Over the last few years, the creative industries have faced a series of reckonings in relation to the ethics, or lack-thereof, underpinning our industries and outputs. While questions about the lack of diversity and ‘authenticity’ in the creative arts have circulated for decades, the spotlight shone by #MeToo and

By Associate Prof Chris Sainsbury, Professor Frank Millward and Professor Kim Cunio — The title of this edition is a provocation. While it is not too late, we at the Academy have for too long done too little, and this issue takes a journey into the life of a music
By Professor Vanessa Tomlinson — Collaborating with colleagues outside our own creative disciplines can bring tensions as differences in terminology, understanding and methodologies are drawn to the fore. It also brings unexpected benefits by creating a deeper understanding of ones own practice while adding new dimensions that serve to expand
By Professor David Cross — Artists with PhDs is the name of a blog by American art historian James Elkins founded some fifteen years ago to question the value and validity of the PhD in the creative arts. Framed around his “Fourteen Reasons to Mistrust the PhD”, Elkins has over