For over 13 years, I’ve been employed to coach, supervise, assess and encourage undergraduate and graduate students. This role, I have found, is much more important than lecturing on my subject expertise. Although I like lecturing and developing focused lessons, I realized that the main benefit I personally have brought to students is my ability to mentor them effectively. Mostly what I have taught my students is how to think purposefully about their work, become confident and how to practise thoughtful self-care. I have taught them how to use emotions to instigate rationalism and to bring rationality into emotive situations.
This is all part of the problem-solving process, and I can happily say that having followed my former students’ careers after graduation, many of them have used these techniques to seriously actualize themselves into the life they want to live.
However, the constraints of working in a University institution means that there has never been scope for me to really take my students on the full journey of self-discovery and self-actualization in their work. This is what I’m doing with Cr8tive Coach.
As a published author and screenwriter, I also work as a freelance writer and editor. I use my writing skills to run Writing Workshops, both group workshops and bespoke 1:1 sessions.
Dr Gillian McIver
- BA History University of British Columbia
- MA History University of Toronto
- B(F)A Film and Media University of Westminster, London UK
- MA Fine Art Cass School of Art, London Guildhall
- PhD Film and Art History University of Roehampton, London UK
- Fellow of the UK Higher Education Association
- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, University of Greenwich, London UK
- SEDA Certificate in Supporting Learning and Teaching , University of Roehampton, London UK
I’ve taught at or given talks on Creative Arts at a variety of places, including
The National Film and Television School (NFTS), UK
The National Gallery, London
Central St Martins Art School, London
The University of Roehampton, London
The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham (UK)
Westminster Kingsway College, London
SAE Creative Media Institute, London
Hackney Picturehouse, London
Bishopsgate Institute, London
Vancouver Film School
University Of Valencia School Of Fine Arts
Bartlett School Of Architecture, London
Accademia Dell Arte, Rome
University Of Victoria, Canada
Ruskin College. Oxford University
All Souls College, Oxford University
The UAAC, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada
The Association for Art History, UK
The London Consortium