Marice's research focuses on how creativity and creative education can deliver social good and be an agent for change. She is the founder and director of Accumulate, www.accumulate.org.uk, a charity that enables people, who are affected by homelessness and living in temporary accommodation and hostels, to fulfil their social, cultural and personal potential through participation in creative workshops and activities.
The Accumulate charity sets out to elevates its participants, who have had poor educational experience, low aspirations and little, or no, qualifications, into proactive learners with ambitions to progress their development and the life skills and self-confidence to make more positive life choices. Accumulate works in collaboration with Ravensbourne, whose tutors lead, and students support on its creative workshops.
Accumulate fundraises for scholarships for its learners to continue their creative education on the Access to HE course at Ravensbourne. This intervention enables people, who previously thought university education was an unachievable goal, to become productive members of society whilst also increasing diversity and non-traditional learners into the HE environment. Fourteen Accumulate participants have been awarded scholarships and four of these have progressed onto degrees at Ravensbourne.
Previous to Accumulate Marice set up and ran business courses, enterprise support and intellectual property advice services for creative students and practitioners. She has an MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths University, been awarded a Point of Light Award from the Prime Minister's Office, was named as Social Enterprise Leader of the Year in 2017 and became a Creative Leader for Creative Review magazine in 2018.
Marice Cumber BA (Hons), MA (Dist)
Work Based Learning Co-ordinator
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