Postgraduate (Research)


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Ph.D. & M.Phil Art History

Thesis supervision (research topics include: biblical studies and Christian theology and visual culture; contemporary art; landscape; Modernism (in Europe and USA); Postmodernism; Protestantism and visual arts; sound and art; theology and the arts; visual culture of religion; and Wales and art).

1995 to date  

Current and Past Ph.D./M.Phil Research Students:

Greenwood, David, ‘Visual Representations of the Numinous: a Philosophical, Art Historical and Theological Enquiry 1780-1880’ (2015) (PhD).

Bridge-Davis, Ann, ‘Spirit Drawing and Painting since the Eighteenth Century’ (PhD).

Burggy, Elizabeth, ‘Theology and Iconography of the Resurrection’ (Student jointly supervised by staff at the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter.) (M.Phil).


Ph.D. Fine Art

Practice-based research supervision (research topics include: drawing, painting, and photography, systems and process-based art, sound art, and religion)

2000 to date 

Current and Recent Ph.D. Research Students:

Amos, Annika, [still-life dualities] (PhD)

Fraser-Hughes, Susan, ‘Sympathetic Resonance: From Sense of Place to Sense of Self’ [Student jointly supervised by staff at the Department of Art, University of Calgary, Canada.) (PhD)

Ruddock, Julian, [visual representations of climate change] [Student jointly supervised by staff at the Earth Sciences Department, Aberystwyth University, Wales] (PhD)

Woodley, Frances, [still life, tradition, and replication] (PhD)

Vyse, Maureen, [landscape, process, and environment] (PhD)

Roberts, Michael, ‘Imaging the Face: An Investigation into Hyperrealist depictions of the human Facial Surface’ (2014) (PhD)

Hayes, Maria, ‘Learning to Dance on the Page’ (2013) (PhD)

O’Rourke, John, ‘East-West-Occult: Esotericism through Fine Art Practice, Autobiographical Referencing and Historical Research’ (2011) (PhD)

Webster, Catrin, ‘Intimate Distance’ (2010) (PhD)

Davis, Peter, ‘An Investigation of the Photographic Representation is Woodland and Forests’ (2009) (PhD)

Webster, Christopher, ‘Photography and the Metaphysical’ (2007) (PhD)


External Examining: PhD Art History & Biblical Studies, and PhD Fine Art

Philip Jacob’s, ‘Reception History of Joseph the Carpenter’, Department of Theology and Religious Studies’, Bangor University, (2013) (PhD).

Geraint Davies, [abstraction], School of Art, University of Newport, (2012) (PhD).

Su-Lien Hseih, ‘Buddhist Meditation as and in Art Practice’, Department of Art, University of Northumbria, (2010) (PhD).

Benjamin Morse, ‘The Bible and Its Modern Methods: Interpretation Between Art and Text’, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow, (2008) (PhD

Donald Orr, ‘Into the Light’, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow, (2008) (PhD).


Contribution to Postgraduate Research Training and Staff Development Programs

Ways of Working with Sound
Writing a PhD Thesis
Self-Reflective Writing and Analysis
Preparing a Conference Paper
Preparing for Research Supervision
Preparing to be an Internal Examiner
Advanced Research Methods