MA PGDip PGCHE BA (Hons) FHEA

Alan was trained as a designer at Hornsey College of Art. His professional career has included work as a designer and craftsman in the jewellery and optics industries. He has run his own design and manufacturing company, as well working as a manager for a large wholesale and manufacturing jewellery company. His academic work has included roles in learning and teaching development, curriculum management and programme leadership. Alan was a core member of the Centre for Excellence in Work Based Learning and managed the HEFCE Strategic Development Funded project in the School of Arts and Education.

Alan is a Registered Practitioner of the Higher Education Academy.

Alan teaches on professional practice programmes within the school of Media and Performing Arts.

Current research is focused on professional practice across a range of Arts disciplines, with specific interest in the transdisciplinary attributes for professional work common to different disciplinary fields of practice.

Research Publications

Work based learning: developments in practice-based arts education

Durrant, Alan (2009) Work based learning: developments in practice-based arts education. In: Work based learning: journeys to the core of higher education. Garnett, Jonathan and Costley, Carol and Workman, Barbara , eds. Middlesex University Press. ISBN 9781904750192

Building a cross-disciplinary team – experiences from a work-based learning CETL

Workman, Barbara and Durrant, Alan and Critten, Peter and Partridge, Steve and Doncaster, Kathy (2011) Building a cross-disciplinary team – experiences from a work-based learning CETL. In: Learning from experience in employer engagement. Tallantyre, Freda and Kettle, Jane , eds. The Higher Education Academy, York, UK, pp. 26-33.

Educating the early career arts professional using a hybrid model of work based learning

Bryant, Peter and Akinleye, Adesola and Durrant, Alan (2013) Educating the early career arts professional using a hybrid model of work based learning. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 3 (1). pp. 17-29. ISSN 2042-3896

CETL for work based learning: enhancing innovation and creativity in teaching and learning

Workman, Barbara and Armsby, Pauline and Durrant, Alan and Frame, Philip (2011) CETL for work based learning: enhancing innovation and creativity in teaching and learning. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 1 (3). pp. 273-288. ISSN 2042-3896

Web 2.0 for learning and teaching: the teachers’ tale.

Reid, Caroline and Chapman, Alex and Durrant, Alan (2010) Web 2.0 for learning and teaching: the teachers’ tale. In: Engaging the Digital Generation in Academic Literacy, 29th June 2010, Middlesex University, London. (Unpublished)

Using Web2.0 technology in work based learning

Moteleb, Aboubakr A. and Durrant, Alan (2009) Using Web2.0 technology in work based learning. In: ECEL 2009: The 8th European Conference on e-Learning, 29-30 October 2009, University of Bari, Italy.

Preparing WBL students - what do they need to know?

Durrant, Alan and Graham, Sue and Workman, Barbara (2007) Preparing WBL students - what do they need to know? In: UALL Work Based Learning: a multi-dimensional approach to knowledge, July 2007, Middlesex University. (Unpublished)

Using a work based learning curriculum across subject disciplines

Workman, Barbara and Durrant, Alan (2008) Using a work based learning curriculum across subject disciplines. In: UVAC Annual Conference 2008, 13 - 14 November 2008, York. (Unpublished)

Formulation and developing the creative practitioner

Durrant, Alan (2010) Formulation and developing the creative practitioner. In: Constructing stories, telling tales: a guide to formulation in psychology. Corrie, Sarah and Lane, David A. , eds. Karnac Books. ISBN 9786612779756

Getting started with university-level work based learning

Durrant, Alan and Rhodes, Garth and Young, David (2009) Getting started with university-level work based learning. Middlesex University Press, London. ISBN 9781904750703

2005 Award of Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Work Based Learning from HEFCE.