Research students

Design, Culture & the Arts research

Postgraduate tutor (research)
Dr Ultan Gillen

For more information contact: T: 01642 738297

We value our postgraduate research students and the important role they play in the SDCA research culture. The School of Design, Culture & the Arts postgraduate tutor supports students, both full and part time, in their progression through their studies, as well as curating a series of seminars delivered by Institute members designed for the postgraduate community.

In addition, research students attend, and contribute to, the various research group seminar series and related events such as Holocaust Memorial Day.
View all events.

James Beighton (AHRC-funded)

“Reason not the need”: how has the case for art been made over the industrial and post-industrial life of Middlesbrough and what can reflect from this upon contemporary arguments.

Alex Carter

The dynamic of 'cumulative extremism': the dynamic of violent escalation which can be triggered between extremist groups, and the wider effect this can have on community cohesion.
More about Alex Carter

Clare Cheverall

Language theory and dialogue in the fiction of Jane Austen and its screen adaptations.
More about Clare Cheverall

Patience Ezinwoke

A fictional narrative titled 'Iwetia' (with reflective study).

Patience has over 20 years experience in development work across education, arts, governance and society; close to 18 of which was with the British Council where her immense contribution, especially in education, earned her special commendation from the British High Commissioner to Nigeria. She holds a BA (Hons) English Language and Literature and an MBA from Nigeria. After counselling students into UK universities for several years she made a choice to join Teesside University in 2011 for the MA in Creative Writing and progressed to PhD.

Her MA was very productive and saw her publish her first collection of Poems 'Drill Baby Drill and other Poems', a children's story book 'Flowers in The Ghetto', and a yet to be published young adult novel, 'The Boy Who Believed'. Her second children's story book 'The Lost Beach' was shortlisted for 2013 Nigerian Authors Prize for Children's Literature. Her current research work is a fictional narrative on the Trans-atlantic Slave Trade told from the African perspective, with a reflective component that explores historical relativism of slavery and leadership in pre-colonial and contemporary Africa. Patience is proud to be a Teesside University English Ambassador.

Paul Grace

Traumatic Potential and Counter-Representation.
More about Paul Grace

Jacqueline Hayes

The emergence of open-air education in industrial and de-industrialising society during the first half of the twentieth century with particular reference to the concept of the ‘delicate child'.
More about Jacqueline Hayes

Megan Hayes

Towards a Positive Psychology of Creative Writing.
More about Megan Hayes

Louise Logan

Tackling the legacy of the Victorian freak show: Fictional portrayals of the freak show and re-presenting disabled performers in museum exhibitions
More about Louise Logan

Michael Lovelock

The Administration of the Elizabethan Northern Border.

Robyn Ollett

Queer Lives through Dead Eyes: Observing the New Queer Gothic
More about Robyn Ollett

Judith Phillips

Joesphine Bowes (1825-1874), Collector and museum founder, in the context of the mid 19th century attitudes to gender, society and culture.

Paul Stewart

The creation of ‘alternative’ learning spaces by artists with a core focus on how the artist-led learning project is situated in response to neo-liberal hegemony.
More about Paul Stewart

Paul Stocker

The 'Imperial spirit' and the British fascist tradition from the 1920s to the 1950s.
More about Paul Stocker

Lewis Young (AHRC-funded)

“A Weapon in the Struggle against Fascism and Reaction": The British Communist press and anti-fascism, 1928-1949.”
More about Lewis Young

Recently completed

Janette Garrett

Northumberland 1408-1470.

Ben Roberts

Civic culture and ritual in Darlington and Middlesbrough in comparative perspective 1850-1950.