Staff Profiles: School of Liberal and Performing Arts

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Dr. David Webster

Dr. David Webster

Acting Head of Humanities

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

English and Creative Writing

My role allows me to switch from collaborating with colleagues on enhancing learning and teaching in the university, to working with students on topics as diverse as Satanist activism, Buddhism, existentialism & also leading our Cordoba field trip.

Sue Colverd

Sue Colverd

Principal Lecturer in Drama and Academic Subject Leader for Performing Arts and Play

Performing Arts and Play

I have an acting and directing background working nationally and internationally. I am passionate about exploring the actor’s processes in devising, classical and cutting edge contemporary work.

Ian Hepworth

Ian Hepworth

Academic Course Leader in Film Studies

Film, Radio, Television and Media

My love for film is rooted in the youthful years I spent watching 1980s action cinema, especially the Rocky series. This continues to this day with my love for a wide range of sports films and action cinema from around the world.

David Last

David Last

Academic Course Leader for Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

I’ve performed as a musical director or accompanist across the world, and continue to work professionally, bringing that experience (and those contacts!) to the university.

Dr. Jonathan Marshall

Dr. Jonathan Marshall

Academic Course Leader

English and Creative Writing

I completed a BA and MA in Linguistics, before doing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Reading. My research area is Sociolinguistics and Dialectology. I specialise in developing theoretical models of the diffusion of language change.

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Academic Course Leader in History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am a Senior Lecturer in American history, teaching courses on democracy and slavery in the 19th century, reconstruction and the South after the Civil War, major themes in 20th century US history, and the long civil rights movement.

Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith

Academic Course Leader for Professional Studies in Children’s Play

Performing Arts and Play

Leisure Industries Management

My career began on an open-access adventure playground in Cardiff where my passion for play was ignited.

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Valerie Aris

Lecturer in Dance and Choreography

Performing Arts and Play

My passion is dance and choreography and I’ve worked professionally as a dancer, choreographer and director. I choreograph when I can, having close ties with the German dance scene. I teach dance, dance histories and choreography.

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Karen Benjamin

Lecturer in Drama

Performing Arts and Play

I deliver modules in devising into directing for performance; performing arts in education; support dissertation and research students and am a personal tutor.

Dr. Charlotte Beyer

Dr. Charlotte Beyer

Senior Lecturer in English Studies

English and Creative Writing

I am a contemporary literature specialist, with a background in gender and women's studies. My teaching and module tutor responsibilities include crime fiction, postcolonial writing, and contemporary American and British literature.

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Romanticism)

English and Creative Writing

My love of eighteenth-century literature began whilst studying the poetry of Alexander Pope at school and I discovered the Romantics whilst reading English Literature at university.

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Flora Derounian

Module Tutor in Liberal and Performing Arts and Natural and Social Sciences

Sociology

English and Creative Writing

I am module tutor for several modules in Sociology and English Language. Coming from a languages background, my research investigates women’s labour history across Europe.

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Paula Douce

Lecturer in Dance

Performing Arts and Play

I started dancing at the age of two and have loved it ever since. Teaching dance is a passion rather than an occupation and dancing and teaching is a real joy, especially here at the University of Gloucestershire on the Performing Arts Degree.

Prof. Philip Esler

Prof. Philip Esler

Portland Chair in New Testament Studies

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am the Portland Chair in New Testament Studies. I specialise in the interpretation of biblical texts using social-scientific ideas and perspectives to open up new lines of enquiry and to help understand the results.

Dr. Angela France

Dr. Angela France

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing

I write and teach poetry and have published four poetry books, Occupation (2009), Lessons in Mallemaroking (2011), Hide (2013). and The Hill (2017). I also have an interest in writing for well-being and run writing workshops in the community.

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Dr. Robin Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Film, Radio, Television and Media

Performing Arts and Play

What I love most about teaching is the opportunity to introduce students to films that not only challenge them to rethink what cinema is now, but more importantly, what it could be in the future.

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Dr. George Home-Cook

Lecturer in Drama

Performing Arts and Play

Theatre and theatricality is in my blood. Aged 3, I can remember disrupting a family dinner party by pretending to be a sheep (wearing a bath mat, and not much else!). My late grandmother, Theffania, was also an early source of inspiration.

Dr. David Howell

Dr. David Howell

Lecturer in History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am a lecturer in early modern history, with wider interests in national and intangible forms of heritage and archaeology.

Prof. John Hughes

Prof. John Hughes

Professor of nineteenth-century literature

English and Creative Writing

I've always enjoyed running courses that allow students to address and develop their individual approaches. My teaching reflects the enthusiasms that got me into the study of literature including Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth and even Bob Dylan.

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Professor of Soviet History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I teach Russian and Soviet history and historical research methods.

Dr. Paul Innes

Dr. Paul Innes

Academic Subject Leader in Literary and Critical Studies

English and Creative Writing

I'm a specialist in Shakespeare studies and I'm particularly interested in what his plays meant at the time they were written and how they were performed on his own stage.

Dr. Roy Jackson

Dr. Roy Jackson

Reader in Philosophy of Religion, Academic Course Leader for MA in Philosophical and Religious Thought

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am a Reader in the Philosophy of Religion, teaching courses on Islam, Nietzsche, Greek philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

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Dr. Mike D.D. Johnston

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I'm the author of three novels and I'm now writing a non-fiction book about European history. I teach prose fundamentals, short story writing, and theory for writers.

Dr. Tyler Keevil

Dr. Tyler Keevil

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

As a short story writer, novelist, and screenwriter, I've professionally published work in horror, science fiction, literary fiction, children's fiction and creative non-fiction genres and I'm interested in how these genres influence each other.

Dr. Lania Knight

Dr. Lania Knight

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing

I've wanted to be a writer since the fifth grade. I love story, whether it's made up or true-to-life. My family is chock-full of storytellers, and I'm glad to be continuing the tradition.

Dr. William Large

Dr. William Large

Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I teach and write philosophy. In a world of cynicism, opportunism and anxiety, I hope, by the end of the course, my students have the courage to be themselves.

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Dr. Stuart Lester

Senior Lecturer in Playwork

After many years working on adventure playgrounds and community play projects in the North West of England, I am now senior lecturer in play studies at the University of Gloucestershire.

Kate Littlewood

Kate Littlewood

Senior Lecturer in Drama

Performing Arts and Play

I have a background in acting, writing/translating and directing and I specialise in Classical Theatre, its theory and performance. I’m founder director of To The Elephant Theatre Company.

Dr. Adrian Long

Dr. Adrian Long

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Biblical and theological perspectives offer sometimes surprising, sometimes problematic insights on what it means to be human. I’m fascinated by the hard questions they provoke for understanding who we are and how we might live.

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Prof. Gordon McConville

Professor of Old Testament Theology

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I teach Biblical Studies, particularly Old Testament, but have a broad interest in Christian theology. I try to show that theology has a continuing and urgent relevance to the modern world.

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Professor of Creativity and Poetics

English and Creative Writing

I teach the craft of writing poetry, and modules related to my other areas of interest, including cognitive stylistic methods of analysing texts; the creative processes involved in writing; and how language is processed in the brain.

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing

I love the way in which literature and creative writing allows us to explore ourselves and the world around us.

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Dr. Kayleigh Moore

Lecturer in Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing

I'm a short story writer and novelist with an interest in the challenging, taboo and profane. I am fascinated by the origins of such stories, and the motivation of their creators.

Dr. Vicky Morrisroe

Dr. Vicky Morrisroe

Senior Lecturer in History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I have a specialist interest in European Intellectual History, and am particularly interested in the relationship between race, religion and historiography in the nineteenth century.

Dr. Erin Peters

Dr. Erin Peters

Lecturer in Early Modern History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am a lecturer in early modern history with research interests in seventeenth-century Britain and interdisciplinary expertise in memory, commemoration and post-conflict studies in early modern Europe.

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Senior Lecturer in Liberal and Performing Arts

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

My main area of specialisation is the study of the sacred texts of Christianity (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) in the context of the ancient world from a number of perspectives including archaeology, sociology and anthropology.

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Christina Poulton

Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

I am a contemporary theatre producer and general manager and have worked in theatre and festival management, cultural programming, youth theatre and dance in a wide range of organisations.

Dr. Martin Randall

Dr. Martin Randall

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing

Film, Radio, Television and Media

I teach prose on all three undergraduate levels and my specialisms include the American short story, experimental writing, theories of the novel, historical fiction and transgressive writing.

Prof. Melissa Raphael

Prof. Melissa Raphael

Professor

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Religion gets a mixed press these days and it seems ever more important to be well-informed about it as both a conceptual system and a way of living.

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Kerrie Reading

Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

My passion for contemporary theatre was cemented at University. As well as undertaking higher degrees to further my thinking and practice I have performed across the globe with Stan’s Cafe and performed with my own company, Needless Allies.

Dr. Wendy Russell

Dr. Wendy Russell

Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork

Performing Arts and Play

I discovered adventure playgrounds in the 1970s and was smitten. I’ve worked in the play sector ever since, in a number of roles, most recently in research and education.

Prof. Shelley Saguaro

Prof. Shelley Saguaro

Professor of Humanities

English and Creative Writing

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I have taught on a wide range of subjects including North American literary studies, psychoanalysis and gender studies and on nature, ecocriticism and symbolic landscapes.

Dr. Arran Stibbe

Dr. Arran Stibbe

Reader in Ecological Linguistics

English and Creative Writing

In my teaching and research I focus on how language makes us who we are as people, and the role of language in building the kind of society we live in, using discourse analysis and ecolinguistics.

Dr. Michelle Straw

Dr. Michelle Straw

Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics

English and Creative Writing

My research and teaching interests focus on accents & dialects, non-standard varieties of English. Currently, I am interested in perceptions of rural dialects - Forest of Dean & urban dialects – British-AfroCaribbeans.

Dr. Elizabeth Swift

Dr. Elizabeth Swift

Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

My background is in theatre directing and writing and I specialise in multimedia theatre. I'm founder director of the performance company Void which presents work internationally. I teach contemporary performance - practice and theory.

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Dr. Ben Trubody

Part-time Lecturer in Philosophy

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I have a BA, MA from Exeter, PhD from the University of Gloucestershire and a PGCE from University College Plymouth, St Mark and St John.

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

English and Creative Writing

As a former medievalist I know that where we begin may not be where we find ourselves eventually. My road took me from a bookshop in London to an academic career via several years living, working and studying in the USA.

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Dr. Amanda Williamson

Academic Course Leader for Dance

Performing Arts and Play

My interest in dance began when I realised the significant effects movement and embodiment can have on health and well-being.

Dr. Martin Wood

Dr. Martin Wood

Lecturer in Hinduism and Buddhism

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

My love of religion stems from several years spent with a backpack, travelling through Australasia, East Asia and India encountering Maoris, Buddhists and Hindus, sharing food and exchanging thoughts and experiences.

Gillian Yates

Gillian Yates

Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

I love exploring the voice in all its shapes and forms; it is our main resource as human beings! As a lecturer in devising and physical theatre, it is great to see the limitless possibilities of the spoken and sung voice in all areas of movement.

Leonie Burton

Leonie Burton

Development Manager

Performing Arts and Play

I have 25 years’ experience of working at senior management level in the public, community and voluntary sector. My particular interests lie in children’s services, children’s play and education and training.