Charlotte Gorse is a fashion jeweller who trained at the Royal College of Art. She has worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Serpentine Gallery and with Alexander McQueen. She has exhibited at the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Ashmolean Museum and across Scandinavia with collections in the Museum of Installation and Victoria & Albert Museum. Her current research and practice includes contemporary fashion jewellery, body technologies, gender identity and feminist literature.
Charlotte is Associate Dean at the CASS, London Metropolitan University and Head of the Design School, having taught, lectured, developed, examined and led a broad range of design courses within the UK, across Europe and recently China. She teaches across final year undergraduate, postgraduate and research design disciplines (studio practice & research).
Faculty Academic Development Leadership across UG, PGT and PGR. Deputising for Dean (as required). International Strategy/ Representative China for Faculty. Leadership of Design; including Fashion, Textiles, Furniture & Product, Graphics, Illustration, Interiors, Jewellery, Polymers, Restoration & Conservation. Quality Management, Extended Degree, FdA, BA, PGT, PGR & CPD. Faculty Management; research, academic & associate lecturers. Budgetary Management; Human & Physical Resource/ Estates Management, Research/ Enterprise Project Management.
Related Academic Roles
Academic Development: I hold extensive experience of academic development, both discipline-specific and cross-Faculty: At the CASS, I have overseen academic review, development and validation across all areas of the Faculty, including Art, Media, Architecture and Design extended degree, undergraduate & postgraduate provision (including RIBA). At Coventry University, my post ensured leadership and management of cross-Faculty academic programme development (16 new awards 2003). Here, I worked closely with Performing Arts, Media, Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Industrial Design faculty teams. I have significant experience as an External & Internal Chair & Validation Panel Member and have overseen significant UG & PG re-profiling of the Faculty (including development of 20+ new awards). I am an advocate for holistic course structures, which enable subject-specific and cross-fertilisation models of creative learning.
Quality: My role at the CASS has overseen a systemic curricula revision (rolling out of the studio system, across Design). Since 2002, I have consistently led Quality Management & Enhancement activities. Acting as Faculty Teaching & Learning Coordinator at Coventry University (2002-2005) and Faculty T&L Strategist within LMU (2005-2006), I have overseen a broad and diverse range of quality strategies, initiatives and imperatives. I have significantly contributed to University preparations for Institutional Audits, Ofsted, Middle States and QAA visits (2005-). I have undertaken External Examiner & Reviewer activities at both high-quality providers (such as the RCA) and national framework level (Edexcel/ NVC).
Research: At the CASS, I have contributed to the University-wide Practice-based Research Working Group (2008-2010), Research Student Progress Group (2006- ), Faculty Research Committee (2006- ) and attended RAE planning events externally. I have led external & internal project bid preparation & management and led appointment of a School Reader, Research & Enterprise Project Manager, Visiting Professors, Research Fellows, Visiting Research Fellows and Research Assistants. I have acted as Design Research Group Convenor (2006-2009) and Research Mentor (2010- 2012). Throughout these activities, I have sought to frame emergent practice-led research within an appropriate level of peer research esteem. I am conversant with REF 2014 and recognise the importance of targeted research strategy, supported by consultancy and/or enterprise planning.
Enterprise: Since 2005, I have actively supported Enterprise projects across the University, seeking to capitalise on School/ Faculty expertise and market opportunity. I have initiated and overseen School Enterprise projects (2012-), securing appointment of the (fixed term/ project funded) School Research & Enterprise Project Manager, leading commercialisation of Faculty activities. Whilst at the CASS, I have contributed to bid development (MetWks 2005- 2009), Digital Shoreditch steering group (2011) and acted as the Metropolitan Works Academic Reviewer (2009-2011). I have managed academic projects such as the international conference European Textile Network (2006) and I have initiated and driven Design CPD development. I have contributed to related ERDF activity and led a scoping review of Technology Strategy Board enterprises.
Student Experience: Strategic review of NSS has led to my initiation and leadership of a focussed Student Experience project in 13/14. Here, a number of student community activities & value-added/ employability initiatives have responded directly to student feedback in-year. Other NSS development activities include: Open Access, Technical Induction Schemes, student support strategies, student complaint management systems, student consultation enhancement and student rep committee development. I have initiated a range of other cultural/ ‘added value’ strategies such as Design Research Seminar Series, Artists/ Designers in Residence, Graduate Teaching Assistants and Student Assistants.
Recruitment, Marketing: I actively lead teams in relation to subject-specific recruitment & marketing strategies. In 2013, I have actively led the Faculty in implementation of the international strategy. This led to my active scoping & initiation of key high quality academic partnerships in China. Since 2005, I have ensured an improving and stable overall student number profile for the School responding to subject trends through strategic use of academic development, internal progression, direct entry, international and partnerships. Overall an active strategy to School promotional information, development of conversion activities, taster/ open day strategies and an ambitious programme of marketing of School news & events, social media, external events (such as London Design Week, Milan Design Fair) and high profile visitors/ activities (such as the Diamond Jubilee ‘Future of Design’ pavilion, KPMG exhibitions, CASS celebration week) support the positioning of the Faculty within the HE sector.
Faculty Committee Membership
University Executive Group (2013-), University Deans Forum (2013-), University PGT/R Review Working Group (2012-13), University Business Process Re-Design Group (2012-), University UG Review Curriculum Working Group (2010-11), University Internationalism Project (2011-12), Graduate School Internal Reviewer (2006-), Practice-based Research Working Group (2008-2010), Chair, University FE Planning Group (2005-2007), Arts & Humanities Research Student Progress Group, University Student Employment Project Board (2011), University L&T Committee (2005-2007), Middle States MSCHE Working Group (2007, 2011-12), University Institutional Audit Working Group (2007-10), Quality Unit UG/ PG Validation Chair/ Internal Reviewer (2006- ).
Faculty Strategic Planning (2012-), Faculty Business Planning & Reporting (2012-), Faculty UG/PG Committee, Vice Chair Faculty Taught Provision Committee (2007- 2012), Faculty Estates Strategy (2013-), Faculty ICT Strategy (2013-), Faculty Teaching & Learning Strategist (2005- 2006), Faculty Year 0 & FdA Development Lead (2013, 2006), Faculty Management Group, Faculty Research & Enterprise Committee, Faculty Business & Third Stream Committee (2005-2010), Faculty Partnership Officer (2007-), Faculty Undergraduate Development (2013), Faculty Postgraduate Development (2006, 2012), Faculty MPhil/ PhD Examiner/ Reviewer (2009-), Faculty Academic Faculty Management Group (2013-).
Chair, School Management Group (2012-), Chair, Academic Leader Meetings (2008-2009), Chair, Design UG/ PG Subject Standards Exam Board Chair, School UG/ PG Development (2007-), Chair, Design Performance Enhancement/ Annual Monitoring Board, Chair, Design Course Leader Meetings (2005-), Design Research Convenor/ REF (2006- 2009), Research Reviewer; Reader, Research Fellow (2005-2007), PhD Director of Studies/ Supervisor (2005-).