Karen Jaundrill-Scott


Departmental Coordinator for Employability and Senior Lecturer in Dance


Year 1 Dance in Education, Year 1 Dance in the Community, Year 2 Devising projects in Education, Year 2 Choreography, Year 3 Dissertation supervision, Year 3 Arts and Enterprise, Year 3 Production.

Education and Training

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2015
  • MA in Creativity and Education for the Professions from the University of Chester, 2015
  • BA Creative Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University,1983

Research & Professional Practice 

Karen’s research embodies the role of visual documentation in supporting self-reflection: embedding graduate employability via visual literacy. This work includes mentoring recent graduates and considers undergraduate teaching and learning strategies.

From a graduate perspective she works alongside Professor Helen Newall creating imagery and film which forms part of a touring exhibition located in theatres, arts centres, galleries and conferences. This includes the 12 Degrees North Photographic Collection and films (2014-16), Do You See What I See?  and Disco(urse).Their exhibition addresses how imagery was used to facilitate dancers’ self-reflexive recognition, artistry and awareness of employability; and how the researchers’ own experiences during this process enhance the development of personal practice in documentary photography and film making.

Karen has recently developed a research partnership with Rosemary Bennett at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and this study focuses upon the impact of teaching styles and strategies with undergraduate dancers and non-dancers, through visual representation. Critical to the exploration are the notions of learning environments, mindfulness and the importance of relationships in the creative process. Their intersecting dialogue (facilitated via visual literacy and personal exchange) revolves around creative pedagogies aimed at embodied development through dance in both formal and informal teaching and learning contexts.

In March 2017, Karen was invited to deliver an Early Years guest lecture series at Monash University, which included first year pre-service education students and explored Rosemary’s methodological empowering of students through experiential privileging of their own movement histories. In November 2017 they delivered their current project presentation Intersecting Dialogues at the World Arts Alliance for Education conference; Engaging with Communities: Creative Pedagogies, at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Unpacking practice as research approaches to enhance the intersection of ideas, observations and discursive conversations has revealed an exciting opportunity to extend creativity and community values into a range of pedagogies of arts practices

External Consultation

Karen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has excelled in the area of dance in education and community arts over a period of three decades, both in post as an advisory teacher/arts practitioner, and as an advocate for professional development in the North West. She currently advises a number of local authorities in curriculum development alongside Arts Award.

Funding and Awards

Karen has received funding for talent development and employability initiatives from Arts Council England and civic engagement projects from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Local Heritage Trust. She has been successful in securing awards for literacy development from both the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Karen is a member of the Edge Hill University Employability Sub-Committee and a coordinator for E3i and Visualising Success. She currently chairs the departmental Employers Advisory Panel (EAP).

Recent Conference Papers

Newall, Helen and Jaundrill-Scott, Karen (2016) Can visual documentation support the emerging dancer to self-reflect? Embedding graduate employability. Inspire – sharing great practice in Arts and Humanities teaching, 2/3/2016-3/3/2016, Brighton.

Jaundrill-Scott, Karen (2016) Making Do you see what I see? TaPRA Conference 2016, 5/9/2016-7/9/2016, Bristol.

Newall, Helen and Jaundrill-Scott, Karen (2017) The Impact of Visual Literacy on the Emerging Artistry of the Professional Dancer. Visual Culture Congress 2017, 22/05/2017-23/05/2017, Barcelona.

Jaundrill-Scott, Karen (2017) The role of discourse in the training of emerging dance artists and safe haven filming: opening boundaries through the movement of the narrative. TaPRA Gallery,TaPRA Conference 2017, 30/8/2017-01/09/2017, Salford.

Bennett, Rosemary and Jaundrill-Scott, Karen (2017) Intersecting Dialogues. Engaging with Communities :Creative Pedagogies, 22/11/2017-25/11/2017, University of Auckland.

Jaundrill-Scott, Karen (2018) The role of visual storytelling in the training of emerging dance artists: engaging with filmed discourse through open landscapes. Visual Culture Congress 2018, 28/05/2018-29/05/2018, Rome.


Jaundrill-Scott, Karen and Newall, Helen (2016) 12 Degrees North: Do you see what I see? 12 Degrees North-An Exhibtion, October 2014 – March 2016, Edge Hill University Ormskirk, The Lowry Salford Quays, The Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens.

Jaundrill-Scott, Karen and Newall, Helen (2016) The role of visual documentation in supporting the emerging dancer to self-reflect: embedding graduate employability via visual literacy. Sustaining the Discipline: Embedding the Right to Dance, Annual Dance HE Conference, 28/10/2016- 30/10/2016, RNCD, Leeds.

Newall, Helen and Jaundrill-Scott, Karen (2014) 12◦ North: Visual Literacy and the Emerging Artist. 12◦ North: Visual Literacy and the Emerging Artist, 01/02/2014-31/12/2018.

Current and Upcoming Projects

Karen is currently working with the Intersecting Dialogues research project alongside her collaborator Rosemary Bennett. During the coming year they are looking forward to exploring their ideas in teaching and learning and engage University of Monash and EHU students in a discourse framing teaching identity.

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