Tributes to Paul Kleiman

Tributes to Paul Kleiman, who is leaving the HEA, have flooded the elist over the past week. Read the Paul’s email and the digest of response below to see the impact Paul has had on our discipline.

Message from Paul:

Dear Colleagues (and friends)

As announced some time ago, I am leaving the Higher Education Academy this Friday, 1 Aug.

This is just to say that it’s been an enormous privilege and pleasure to have worked with and supported (and to have been supported by)  so many individuals, departments and institutions for the last 14 years: first with PALATINE the subject centre for dance, drama and music,  and then with the HEA as the UK Discipline Lead for our disciplines. We have lived and worked through some very interesting times!

The HEA is, of course, continuing its work, and details of the key themes and associated events for 2014-15, and how to contact the HEA,  can be found here:

I intend to continue to work with our disciplines and beyond, and to further develop and apply my work and research especially in the areas of creativity, innovative assessment and course design/development. I look forward to meeting many of you, whether through chance meetings or planned encounters,  in the future.

After Friday I can be contacted at   Twitter: @drpaulkleiman

I wish you, your colleagues,  and your students,  much success and fulfilment in the future

Kind regards

Dr. Paul Kleiman PhD  PFHEA  FRSA

UK Discipline Lead for Dance, Drama and Music



Thank you for all the work you have done Paul and wishing you all the best for the future.

Professor Christy Adair, York St John University

On behalf of the DanceHE community, thank you for your generous  advice, careful guidance and wisdom. Your help has supported  the discipline to flourish.  Examples of developmental projects and agile thinking are too many to mention, you can be sure that your  work at the HEA has made a significant positive difference to many individual careers and to the experiences of students in studios, seminar rooms and beyond.

I am confident that your work will be carried forward by these academics and I look forward to working together in the near future.

Fiona Bannon, Chair of DanceHE

I too would like to add mine. 

Professor Ramsay Burt, De Montfort University

Apologies for the late response but I’ve been on annual leave and would now like to add my thanks to you, Paul, for your massive contributions to Dance in HE as I know it.

Jonathan Chu, Kingston University
Thank you Paul, I’ve learned a huge amount from talking with you when your were External at Ulster and at Palatine events. Big inspiration to us all here.
Paul Devlin, University of Ulster
Paul, thank you so much for all you have done at PALATINE/HEA; and as our external examiner too. Many of your ideas have stayed with us and helped to define our approach to teaching, learning and assessment. We owe you some debt of gratitude.
Andy Head, University of Hull
This is to thank you for all you have done for the dance community over
the years and to wish you all the very best for the future
Michael Huxley, De Montfort University
Joining this chorus of sincere thanks to you Paul. All best wishes for the future.

Jennifer Jackson, University of Surrey

I would like to thank you on behalf of the SCUDD executive and all SCUDD members for everything you have done for the dance, drama and the performing arts, both in your recent role at the HEA and previously at PALANTINE. You have been a true friend to our disciplines, and your work on our behalf will be sorely missed.

I note that the HEA is re-organising its activities around key themes, and we look forward to helping it ensure the continued development of learning and teaching activities in our areas.

I have a feeling – and a sincere hope – that this is not the last we have heard of you! I look forward to working with you again, in whatever capacity, and wish you well in whatever you choose to do next.

Steven Lacey, Chair of SCUDD

Paul, we will miss you.
Kate Newey, University of Exeter
Thanks, Paul: both for your work at Palatine and the HEA, and your time as an external at Chester. 
David Pattie, University of Chester
I would also like to add my thanks to Paul for a really fantastic job, great advocacy and guidance over the years.
Sara Reed, Coventry University
You have been an inspiration to many of us Paul, and you will be missed.
Professor Sarah Whatley, Coventry University