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Lesley Raven

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Fashion Art Direction

Lesley Raven

Lesley joined MMU in July 2015 as the acting Programme Leader for Fashion Art Direction. Prior to this she was a lecturer and freelance consultant in London for over twenty years. She has wide-ranging experience in Higher Education art and design learning and teaching as a senior lecturer, extensive knowledge of Widening Participation as the London College of Fashion Outreach Co-ordinator managing and directing numerous projects with internal and external industry and community partners and an understanding of internationalisation gained from programme co-ordination on the INTO International Foundation course in partnership with MMU.

Lesley’s knowledge and experience spans art and design, healthcare and education with a Bachelor of Design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, a MA from the Royal College of Art, a Post-graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy from London South Bank University and a PGCE in Post-compulsory education from the Institute of Education. She is currently a doctorate researcher at Staffordshire University investigating pedagogies of reflective practice towards improving employability within the creative industries. Her tripartite professionalism encompasses a passion for arts in health and sustainability regarding community resilience. She has undertaken numerous artist in residencies with diverse and excluded communities and was an executive committee member of the London Arts in Health Forum for seven years.

Lesley’s creative practice is located in fashion and textiles. She has designed and curated conceptual artworks and interventions for public display and produced hand-felted accessories for export to Japan and retail and exhibition within the UK. She is an artist associate member of Suite Studio Group, Salford.

Lesley is a member of the Society for Research into Higher Education and registered to the Health and Care Professions Council.


Bags for LIfe

2013 University of the Arts London (UAL) Sustainability Award, in partnership with St. Joseph's Hospice Hackney, LCF BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring students and Hackney schools. Details…

Bring and Fix - FS

2013 University of the Arts London (UAL) Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLTaD) Curriculum Development Award. The project used an ecological model of practice involving LCF post-graduate and undergraduate students and Hackney schools, families and small businesses to work together to promote fashion sustainability awareness, higher education progression, knowledge-skills-exchange between HE, local businesses and schools and inter-discipline exchange between post-graduate and under-graduate students. Details…


A University of the Arts London collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital and London College of Fashion's Widening Participation Outreach Unit, archive and library staff, MA fashion curation alumna and UG fashion journalism students. The project focused on research design and development for fashion journalism with young patients from the eating disorder unit to explore the wider ideas of fashion and identity. Details…

Improving Employability for Widening Participation Students; a cross-college and cross-discipline initiative.

2013 University of the Arts London (UAL) Teaching & Professional Fellowship Award undertaken by Lesley Raven, London College of Fashion, and Darren Raven, London College of Communication.. Details…

The Institute of Imagination's First Creative Lab pop up

2013 a collaborative consultancy with Lesley Raven, textile artist; James Blaze, architect; Vicky Cave, Children's Creative Programmer for the Children's Museum London and the Bromley-by-Bow Centre to create a interactive cultural space for the local community.. Details…


A selection of recent research outputs.


Raven, L., 2017. Made in Translation, Portico Library, 27/4/2017.

Lesley Raven, Sandro Migliarini and Emma Hardicker, 2013. OH3 nature, plants and gardens, Oxford House Gallery, London, 7 May - 25 June 2013.

Group show, 2013. The Emperor's New Clothes, The Portico Gallery, London, December- January 2013.

Kit Boyd, Amanda Bracken, Andrew Cooper, Fabia Claris, Debbie Perks, Lesley Raven, Eva Rudlinger, Guy Shoham, Juliet Walker, Andrea Carr and Angelica Fernando., 2010. Flock Together, Brixton Village, 2010.

Journal Articles

Groppel-Wegener, A., Raven, L., Bowstead, H., Vigurs, K, and Walton, G., 2015. 'Exploring ‘academic depth’ in Higher Education. A collaborative evaluation of a visual method for facilitating information discernment for HE students from varied disciplines.', Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 2 (2), 1-20.


Groppel-Wegener, A., Vigurs, K and Raven, L., 2014. 'Hunting seamonsters - How to bust the ghosts of hidden academic practice', Higher Education Academy Arts & Humanities Conference: Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the arts and humanities, The Lowry, Manchester., 2 - 4 June 2014.

Raven, L., 2014. 'Placements in Arts and Design', Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning Network. Why do Internships and Placements matter? Further sharing of current research, Society for Research into Higher Education. London, 2 May 2014, in SRHE.

Raven, L. and Raven, D., 2013. 'Key skills and experiences to support art and design Higher Education learning and employability', Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales., 11-13 December 2013.

Raven, D. and Raven, L., 2013. 'Learning and Assessment within Work-based Placement Reports', Learning and Teaching Day 2013 Accessible Learning Accessible Assessment, University of the Arts London. London College of Fashion., 16 January 2013.

Raven, L., 2013. 'Learning from the Learners', Employability in the Curriculum, Southampton Solent University.

Raven, L., 2013. 'Learning from the Learners', Employability in the Curriculum, University of West London.

Raven, L., 2006. 'Does an understanding of play and flow lead to greater understanding of creativity and leisure in Occupational Therapy?', London Region College of Occupational Therapy Conference, London South Bank University, September 2006.