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Personal Statement

I joined the University in 1991 lecturing in Theatre, Voice and Communication, and more recently in English Literature, working with Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Masters’ students. As an academic and arts practitioner I have worked extensively in and across the arts and applied that knowledge and expertise to other disciplines within and out with the University. This multi-disciplinary experience is reflected in my teaching where I encourage and invite students to explore and apply skills and knowledge from other disciplines while undertaking study in their area of specialism. 

Theatre is a communicative event and communication in its many forms summarizes my research interests. I have and continue to explore and examine the vast landscape of verbal and non-verbal communicative opportunities offered to us through self and other forms of presentation. Much of my research focuses on movement and space analysis which allows me to work with students, colleagues, external national and international partners from a number of disciplines including product design, science, community education, visual art, dance and interpersonal communication.

My Ph.D study considers whether there is a 'transformative' impact on actors and other members of theatre companies when performing in non-traditional theatre spaces such as site-specific locations. Space is central to a site-specific performance therefore the architecture, social history, previous and / or present functionality will be included in the investigation.

While at the University I have held a number of posts of responsibility including Associate Director of the Professional Development Unit, Acting Head of Department, Director of the BA Language and Education Degree and other Coordinating roles. I am presently responsible for coordinating the professional development of English Studies Graduate Teaching Assistants and lead on an arts and science project under the Models of University and Schools Engagement initiative.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1985


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