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GDip Mus (University of Huddersfield), MA (University of Liverpool), PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan University), PhD (University of Chester),

Professional Recognition

Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA 2012),

Associate Professor in Academic Leadership (2018)

Providing strategic support and leadership to the University of Chester’s University Centre Warrington, the Deputy Provost supports the development of its research, consultancy and academic portfolio across a range of subjects and disciplines. Currently, teaching and research at the campus fall within the broad areas of Business, Media, and Sport and in the public sector including Health and Social Care, Teacher Education, and Policing. Critical to the success of this role and the University’s presence in Warrington is the external promotion of the university’s interests in the region, nationally and internationally and an ability to encourage and enable applied disciplinary and multi/inter-disciplinary work, fostering the highest quality in research, education, and training for industry and the professions.

Starting my professional life as a musician, my interests led me into the world of television production and from there into Higher Education.  My experience in HE has been enriched through taking on a number of key roles and responsibilities including Head of Department of Media, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and Chair of the University’s Learning and Teaching Sub-Committee, prior to taking on the role of Deputy Provost. Domestic and overseas partnership working has been of continuing interest and enthusiasm, allied to extensive experience in quality assurance and enhancement, validation, and review. My research has focussed on creativity, identity, and performativity with my PhD considering live and mediated performances of second and third generation Manchester Irish identities including a particular case study focussing on the work of the writer and actor Steve Coogan. I am a member of the faculty’s Centre for Research in Arts and Media (CCRAM), the University’s Culture and Society Research and Knowledge Exchange Group, the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD), the British Association of Irish Studies (BIAS), and the Media, Culture & Communications Subject Association (MeCCSA). I also continue to play violin - though it is not always entirely clear who benefits from this.

Currently Deputy Chair of the National Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, (DASSH-UK), a membership body of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in universities and higher education institutions throughout the UK, our intention is not only to provide a forum for debating matters of policy and practice in relation to our disciplines and their development but also an excellent network for managers and senior managers working in the sector enabling the exchange of information and ideas.