BARBARA HAWKINS is an arts educator, responsible for co-ordination and development of postgraduate research degrees in the Department of Art and Design at the University of the West of England, UK, following several years’ service as the head of Faculty Graduate School. She has held a number of senior management roles involving institutional teaching and learning, curriculum and research committees and frequently serves as a panel member on new course validation events, curriculum reviews and research training audits. Her increasing interest in transdisciplinary modes of teaching and research led to the co-founding of the research group ‘Project Dialogue’, working within postgraduate and research communities to stimulate novel approaches to inter-disciplinary art and science research and practice. She organises regular research training events for the department’s PhD cohort, has responsibility for research degree governance, and has supervised a number of doctoral studies to successful completion.