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Dr Paul Kleiman

Formerly at Lancaster University

Paul Kleiman

Research Interests

  • Conceptions of creativity in higher education
  • The development and implementation of creative curricula
  • The development of creative approaches to assessment



Paul Kleiman is Deputy Director of PALATINE, the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Dance Drama and Music and a Senior Research Fellow of the university.

He trained as a theatre designer at the Wimbledon School of Art, and worked - as a designer, director, performer and administrator - with a number of the leading companies in the field of Theatre-in-Education, political and community touring theatre. These included Belt & Braces Roadshow, Red Ladder, Perspectives Theatre and M6 Theatre Co. He combined his theatre work with part-time lecturing until 1989 when he joined City College Manchester where he set up and ran the Technical Theatre Arts degree course at the Arden School of Theatre in conjunction with the Royal Exchange Theatre.

In 1995 he joined the small, core team that created the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and its unique interdisciplinary performing arts degree programme. He then became LIPA's Head of Performance Design and also Head of Assessment, and was responsible for developing LIPA's system of negotiated assessment.

At PALATINE Paulhis main responsibilities currently include strategic and operational planning, and the leadership and direction of the events programme.He represents PALATINE and the HE performing arts sector on various strategic and policy groups. Currently these include Co-Chair of the Higher Education Academy's Assessment Facilitation Group; Steering Group member of three of the creative and performing arts Centres of Excellence for Teaching and Learning; and member of the 14-19 Diploma Development Partnership of the new Creative and Media Diploma.

Paulundertakes consultancy work on assessment, creativity, and curriculum design both here in the UK and internationally. He is also an external examiner for several undergraduate and post-graduate courses, and regularly sits on course validation panels.

His teaching specialisms are in the areas of devised performance and site-specific performance, and he has been an external examiner on a number of performing and creative arts undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

His primary research interests are assessment, creativity and curriculum design, and he is a regular presenter at conferences and seminars on those subjects. In 2006 he was the only non-US researcher to be invited to participate in the US-based Creative Campus project , and in 2007 he was invited to be a special adviser on creativity and assessment to a group of liberal arts colleges in the US.

Recent publications and presentations

Books and Journals

Kleiman, P. (2008) 'Towards transformation: conceptions of creativity in higher education'. In Creativity Special Edition: Innovations in Education and Teaching International (IETI), 45:3, 209-217 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14703290802175966

Kleiman, P. (2009, forthcoming) 'Working amongst discourses' In M. Saunders et al, Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Theory, Cases, Practices. Open University Press/SRHE

Keynote conference presentations:

Stumbling with confidence: towards a creative pedagogy (2007). University of Coventry, Learning and Teaching Conference, 2 July.

Design for Learning (2003) Learning Based on the Process of Enquiry Conference, University of Manchester, 1-2 September

Conference Papers:

Kleiman, P. (2007) Towards transformation: creativity in higher education, AHRC/ESRC Workshops: The Discipline of Creativity - Exploring the Paradox, RSAMD, Glasgow, 2 May.

Kleiman, P. (2007) Thinking, Making, Doing, Solving, Dreaming: conceptions of creativity in higher education. Creativity of Conformity? Building cultures of creativity in higher education UWIC, Cardiff, Wales, 7-9 January

Kleiman, P. (2006) Creativity: commodification and conceptualisation. BERA Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 6-9 September.

Kleiman, P. (2006) We Can WorkIt Out: assessing interdisciplinary practice. Disciplines in Dialogue 2. University of Birmingham, 13/14 July.

Kleiman,P. (2006)The Truth Is (Not) Out There: the work of the qualitative researcher in an age of uncertainty. Conference: Discourse, Power Resistance 5, "Research as a Subversive Activity", Manchester Metropolitan University, 20-22 April.

Kleiman, P. (2005) Employability Isn't Working: higher education, skills, and the creative industries. Arts into Employment conference, University of Chester.



External adviser for the proposed BA in Contemporary Theatre Practice at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland.

2007 - 2008

Special Adviser to the Creativity and Critical Thinking Project (funded by the Teagle Foundation) of the Five Liberal Arts Colleges of Ohio, USA.


Adviser on assessment strategy for the MA in InterdisciplinaryArts at theThe Centre for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts (NI), Queen's University, Belfast

Consultant, University of Bedfordshire, new BA in Contemporary Theatre Practice


Visiting Researcher, The Creative Campus, Vanderbilt University, Nashviille, TN.