Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams, Projects & Engagement Coordinator.

Jennifer Williams

Projects & Engagement Coordinator

Contact details

Role in the IAD

Creativity is a transformational force in our lives that can help us learn and teach in new ways, as well as opening up unexplored possibilities for dialogue and communication. This belief is at the heart of the work I do to coordinate the Festival of Creative Learning at the Institute for Academic Development, with the help of my colleague Lucy Ridley, Projects & Engagement Administrator.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in getting involved in the Festival of Creative Learning during our curated week in February or via one of our Pop-up events or other projects throughout the year. Please contact creative.learning@ed.ac.uk and have a look at our Festival website

I also support a variety of projects that explore innovative, collaborative and creative learning at the University of Edinburgh, for instance the Near Future Teaching project which is dreaming the future of digital education at the University and is led by Assistant Principal and Professor of Digital Education, Siân Bayne.

Professional background and interests

My background is in writing, art, collaboration, creative learning and project management. I hold a Bachelor of Art degree from Wellesley College in English Literature with a Studio Art minor, and an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Key recent posts have included Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library and Literature Officer at the Traverse Theatre.

My personal creative focus is poetry and I am particularly interested in the ways poets make use of language in unusual configurations to help us explore our experience of the world. I also research how poetry can inhabit and cohabit with other forms to reframe the creative process; investigate how poetry and writing workshops can be used to improve experimentation, self-understanding, expression and communication; and explore how collaborative working methods can be implemented to bring expertise together from different disciplines in order to spark original ideas.

The Festival of Creative Learning is a vehicle for cultivating creativity in all its forms, and I also aim to consider how mindfulness, sustainability and well-being, as well inquiry into utopian – world-changing – ideas, can sit in the heart of rather than at the side lines of what we do.

Recent publications

Publications include:

After Economy, Shearsman, 2017

House of the Tragic Poet, If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016

Our Real Red Selves, Vagabond Poets, 2015

Locust and Marlin, Shearsman, 2014

Condition of Fire, Shearsman, 2011

For more details about my poetry, please visit: www.jlwilliamspoetry.co.uk.