Steering Group

Oriana-600Professor Oriana Baddeley is Chair of PRAG-UK and Dean of Research and Director of Doctoral Programmes at University of the Arts London (UAL). An art historian by training, she has spent her career working within the context of practice. She oversaw her own institutions submission to REF2014 and was also a sub-panel member of the Art & Design: History, Theory Practice unit of assessment. As chair of PRAG UK she aims to be a vocal proponent of the better evidencing of practice research through recognizing not only its significance as research but also its value to the UK’s creative industries.

Anne_BoddingtonAnne Boddington Architect, MA (Research) Cultural Geography, FRIBA, FRSA, is Professor of Design Innovation at Kingston University, where she is Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Business and Innovation. Professor Boddington holds honorary visiting professor roles at Birmingham City University (BCU) and Shenkar College of Design, Engineering & Art.

Professor Boddington is a trustee of the Design Council, former, Deputy Chair of Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD), Chair of Design Educators Association (DEED, Executive member of the Standing Council for Heads of Schools of Architecture (SCHOSA) and has awide range of governance experience of charities in further and education. She has extensive international peer review experience and is a member of the Hong Kong Council has been a member of the Arts & Hunanities Research Council Advisory Board (AHRC) and is a strategic reviewer served three times as a member of the UK’s RAE 2008, REF2014 and REF2021, and was deputy Chair of Panel D34 in 2014 and is Chair of D32 Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory in D32: REF2021. She has led or advised over twelve Universities across the UK and has been a panel member or a consultant for equivalent national review exercises in Estonia and Hong Kong. Professor Anne Boddington

Joanna_CallaghanDr Joanna Callaghan is a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at the University of Sussex. Her research utilises filmmaking as a means of exploring philosophical issues and the films produced have been exhibited internationally, winning awards as exemplars of practice as research. Since 2012 she has sat on the executive of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) as Chair of Practice. In that role, she has championed the teaching and research of practice within the subject area, organising symposia and participating in consultations with HEFCE, the British Film Institute and Creative England. She has been involved in peer review of practice through the AHRC peer review college, the British Council Researcher Links program, the Journal of Media Practice editorial board and as a judge on the AHRC Research in Film awards. Callaghan is currently leading a UK-Australia AHRC network project aimed at consolidating the field of filmmaking research by sharing best practice and developing resources.

Maria_DelgadoMaria Delgado BA, MA PhD FRSA, MAE, SFHEA is Professor of Theatre and Screen Arts and Director of Research at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has published widely in the area of twentieth-century Spanish-language theatre and film, European theatre and translation for the stage. She has a long track record of work as a film programmer and curator for venues including the BFI, the ICA and the Cine Lumière, including 20 years as a Spanish and Latin-American programme advisor for the London Film Festival. She writes and broadcasts on film for a range of outlets including Sight & Sound and the BBC. She holds Honorary Life Memberships of the Standing Committee of University Drama Departments [SCUDD] and the Theatre and Performance Research Association [TaPRA]. Her work in research assessment includes membership of subpanel 65 (Drama, Dance and Performing Arts) for RAE 2008, chair of subpanel 35 (Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts for REF 2014 and chair of Subpanel 33 (Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies) and Deputy Chair of Main Panel D for REF 2021. She is currently on the Council of Research England. Her recent work on research assessment includes membership of the Review Panel for the Australian Research Council’s ERA Engagement and Impact Pilot (2017), membership of the Metrics Environment Group for HEFCE (2017-18), and advisory work in Hong Kong and Australia.

Nick Fells 001Nick Fells is Vice Chair of PRAG-UK and Professor of Sonic Practice and Dean of Graduate Studies for the College of Arts, University of Glasgow. He is a composer and sonic artist, making immersive audio and audiovisual works for live performance exploring technology, spatial perception and intersubjectivity. He leads working groups on practice research for the Royal Musical Association and co-directs Glasgow Sound Network – a group of creative businesses, artists and researchers interested in sound as significant cultural material. He is a member of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities Executive, served on the AHRC Peer Review College from 2004-2008, and has reviewed, assessed or examined for a wide range of HEIs and other bodies. He was a founding member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and founded and co-directs Never Come Ashore, a label and archive for experimental music. He is a member of sub-panel 33 for REF2021.

RobertHampsonRobert Hampson BA (London), MA (Toronto), PhD (London), FEA, FRSA is Professor Emeritus and Honorary Teaching and Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was Professor of Modern Literature in the English Department at RHUL until 2016 and Director of the MA in Creative Writing (2016-17). He researches on Joseph Conrad, Modernism, and contemporary British and American poetry. He was awarded the Adam Gillon Prize for his book Conrad’s Secrets (2012) and the Ian P. Watt Award for excellence in Conrad studies by the Joseph Conrad Society of America in 2015. He is also the author of a number of books and pamphlets of poetry. One of these, reworked disasters, was long-listed for the Forward Prize in 2014. He was a member of the sub-panel for English Language and Literature for the RAE (2008) and the REF (2014). He has also been a panel-member for the Rumanian and Hong Kong RAEs. He has worked as a REF adviser to a number of UK and Hong Kong universities, and he has spoken regularly on practice-based research for the Cultural Capital Exchange.

Royal Holloway: Robert Hampson

Dean_hughesDean Hughes is Professor of Fine Art and Head of the Department of Arts at Northumbria University, Newcastle. He is an artist whose work has been presented in survey exhibitions such as the British Art Show, and Newspeak – British Art Now and he has made solo exhibitions in the UK, Europe and USA. He researches the material qualities of transience and publishes and presents on Fine Art pedagogy. Professor Hughes is a former executive member of the Council of Higher Education in Art and Design and steering group member of Paradox Fine Art European Forum. He has organised and chaired the research alliance discussion on portfolios in Fine Art REF submissions and presented on the nature of practice research at the RTD 2017 conference, University of Edinburgh.

mark_dinvernoMark d’Inverno MA MSc PhD is Professor of Computer Science at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently Pro-Warden International and was formerly Pro-Warden Research and Enterprise from 2013 to 2016, and Head of the Department of Computing from 2007 to 2011. He holds an MA in Mathematics and an MSc in Computation from the University of Oxford, and a PhD from University College London. His interdisciplinary research interests are at the intersection of computer science and artificial intelligence with creativity, design, music, culture and learning and has published around 200 articles and led a range of interdisciplinary research projects funded by EPSRC, AHRC, EU and Wellcome as well as International Funding bodies. He is a former member of HEFCE’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategic Advisory Committee and a current member of REF 2021 Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel. He is Chair of the Advisory Board for the EPSRC Programme Grant FAST and was co-chair of the Special Track on AI and Arts at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. He is also a critically acclaimed jazz pianist in the UK and over the last 30 years has led a variety of bands in a range of different musical genres.

SimonMcVSimon McVeigh MA DPhil ARCM FRSA is Professor of Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research focusses on British musical life 1700-1945, and on violin music and performance practices of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; he is currently completing a book on London concert life 1880-1914. He is also co-investigator on the digital concert-programme initiative, InConcert, funded through the AHRC’s Transforming Musicology project. A violinist, pianist and conductor, he has been engaged with practice research for many years, running Goldsmiths’ RAE 2008 submission as Pro-Warden Research. He was a member of the RAE music sub-panel in 2008, and deputy chair of the larger REF sub-panel in 2014. Now Academic Director of Research Policy at Goldsmiths, he is currently President of the Royal Musical Association, the discipline’s principal research organisation.

clive_richardsClive Richards MPhil PhD(RCA) FRSA is Professor Emeritus of Information Design at Birmingham City University (BCU) where he was Director of Research in the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) until 2016. He researches and publishes on diagramming for information design and runs a graphic design consultancy. Professor Richards is a Past President of both the Chartered Society Designers and the International Institute for Information Design. He has served twice as an RAE sub-panel member for Art and Design and led the preparations for several RAE/REF submissions of two universities (Coventry School of Art and Design and BIAD) acting as an adviser to many other institutions. He has organised and chaired a number of open seminars/workshops at BCU on issues relating to the articulation of practice related research in the Arts, Design and Media.

Sarah_WhatleySarah Whatley BA PhD is Professor of Dance and Director, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University.  Her research is focused on dance and digital technologies, dance analysis, inclusion and disability in performance, cultural heritage, and somatic movement practices. She served as Assessor on REF 2014 sub-panel D35 and is on sub-panel for REF2021 sub-panel D33. She has taken a leading role in supporting practice researchers across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Coventry University and has given talks on this theme at other HEIs.  She is a member of the AHRC peer review college and evaluator for the European Commission.  She is also founding Editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and sits on the Editorial Boards of several other Journals.