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Alan Holmes

International Director

Alan Holmes

Alan Holmes is currently the International Director for Manchester School of Art, responsible for implementing the facultyís strategy on International work which includes international recruitment, developing relationships with partner institutes and leading on internationalisation of the Art School curriculum.

Prior to this appointment Alanís roles in the faculty have been varied, he was a Director of Studies in Design and before that programme leader for Textile Design for Fashion, BA Textiles and MA Textiles.

Alan has extensive external examination and validation experience including BA (Hons) programmes at University of Loughborough, University of Leeds, University of Central England and the University of Ulster he has been involved with post-graduate programmes at the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Southampton Pan European MA programme which involved collaboration with Universities in Helsinki, Berlin, Paris and Brussels.
Alan also has PhD examination experience both internally at MMU and externally.

Current research interest centres on expressions of identity. Practice includes the production of an artistís book, which photographically documents a specific interior and records the minutiae of a personal space.
The work has been shown as part of a group show entitled Sitting Room that has toured venues in the UK, Europe and South America.

A commission piece was undertaken for Beachcroft office space in Spinning Fields in Manchester responding to the current cityscape and its historical legacy.

More recently Alan Has co-authored and delivered papers at international conferences in India and China, which focus on the change agenda in Art and Design Higher Education.


Alan Holmes is a member of the Design Research Group.

A selection of recent research outputs.


McCullagh, J., 2011. The World 100 Design Schools, Taipei, World Trade Centre, Taiwan, October 22 to 30, 2011.


A Special Nan

Holmes, A., 2006. 'A Special Nan', Uniquie Artist's Book and Cushion, Alsager Arts Centre, 4/12/06 - 26/01/06.

Internet Publications

McFadyen, J.McCullagh,J. Holmes, A., 2015. 'Unit X, future-proofing the undergraduate curriculum', Conference Proceedings,Designing Design Education for India,


Holmes, A., 2013. 'Remake remodel this is design Education Tomorrow Calling', DesignEd Asia, Hong Kong, December 2012, in DesignED Asia Conference 2012 proceedings, 175-191.

Holmes, A., 2013. 'Unit X, future-proofing the undergraduate curriculum', DDEI Conference, Pune, India, March 2013, in Proceedings DDEI 2013.

McCullagh, J., 2011. 'Old School, New School, Art School, contemporary art and design education', British Council, Taipei, Design Convention Centre, 23 October 2011.