Kevin Furlong MA - Deputy Head of Department
Kevin is currently researching the interaction of sound
within digital media and virtual space.
Kevin's audio art work has been internationally published,
broadcast and distributed as electronic, experimental genre. He is Deputy Head of the Department of Art and Design and is currently
pro-active within the Department, lecturing in graphic design and specialising
in motion graphics and interactive design.
Kevin joined the University
of Chester in September
Bernadine Murray MA - Programme Leader: Graphic Design
Bernadine has a background in graphic design, multimedia and
fine art. With creative industry experience in the development of interactive
educational software, her practice is focused in user-centred design,
programming, electronic graphic design, motion graphics and interactive media. Bernadine's
research interests include the development, design and production of adult
literacy software and experimentation in digital animation and scannography.
Bernadine joined the University of Chester
in Sept 2007.
David Rutherford MA, MPhil - Programme Leader: Advertising
A commercial photographer and corporate communications
specialist from Toronto, Canada, Rutherford
has designed communications materials for government agencies and non-profit
organisations. From 1993 to 1997, Rutherford
served as Director of Communications for Canadian national social justice
groups. Committed to raising public awareness of the relationship between
visual communication and social ideologies, since 1992, his essays on visual
symbols, advertising and social ideologies regularly featured in several North
American newspapers, journals and magazines. Since 1987, his photographs have
been exhibited in solo and group shows in Canada,
the United States, New Zealand, France
From 1985 to 1994, Rutherford taught undergraduate
photographic arts in Toronto.
Following his move to France,
from 1999 to 2005, Rutherford was Senior Lecturer in Communications and
Humanities at CERAM in Sophia Antipolis, where
he collaborated on the curriculum design of the university's new Bachelor's
degree in Corporate Communications and developed new modules in Social and
Rutherford holds a Bachelor's
degree in Visual Art, a Diploma in Social Work, a Master's degree in Philosophy
and a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Currently Senior
Lecturer and Programme Leader in Advertising at the University
of Chester, Rutherford
is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Alan Summers MA - Programme Leader: MA in Design
With experience in the digital design field producing
digital graphics, interactive information systems, 3D visualisations and
animations since 1990 for a client base that has ranged from architects and
musicians to government agencies, Alan looks for the links between academic and
Alan's previous roles have included working as the Director
of the Welsh Development Agency funded Digital Consortia of six Welsh HEIs and
two industrial training partners that was developing DVD based materials
supporting SME's within the digital media sector and bridging the divide
between HE and industry. This encompassed three DVD-based packages concerned
with Design Fundamentals, Business and Management and Intellectual Property
Rights and Innovation for the Digital Media sector.
Alan's current PhD research is in the application of
experiential systems within digital environments in order to investigate the
implications of a users' prior experiential learning upon the design and
implementation of digital based immersive systems.
Alan joined the University
of Chester in September
Michael Moore MA - Lecturer in Graphic Design
Michael has extensive experience within the creative economy
working in both graphic design and multimedia, encompassing print based design,
corporate design, web and interactive technologies. Michael has worked within
education for over 12 years, formally as a Programme Leader for Art and Design,
Multimedia and Games Technology.
Michael's current research practices focus on Augmented
Reality, Human Computer Interaction and the Utilisation of Intuitive Graphical
Interface. He is the University of Chester representative for a collaborative
educational research project with the Universities of Bolton, Central
Lancashire, Cumbria and Huddersfield.
Michael joined the University of Chester
in January 2008.
Dr Christopher Hart MA (Econ) BA (Hons) - Lecturer in Advertising
Christopher was awarded his doctorate in advertising in 1993
and has held posts at the University of Central England, Manchester University
and Manchester Metropolitan University and has undertaken a number of
assignments as writer of course materials for the Open University Masters in
Social Science (D820).
Having won over 70 research grants for postgraduate study
from the AHRB and ESRC, Christopher is an experienced doctorate and masters
supervisor. His recent titles
include: Englishness: Diversity,
Differences and Identity (2007) ISBN 978955124402; Heroines and Heroes:
Embodiment, Symbolism and Narrative (2008) ISBN 9780955124433; Talcott Parsons:
Theories, Developments and
Applications (2008) ISBN 9781905984138 and The Legacy of the
Chicago School, with Howard Becker (Dec 2008) ISBN 9781905984145.
Christopher is editor of the Sage Study Skills Series for
which he has written three books including Doing Your Masters Dissertation
(2002). He has been involved in national
and international research projects, the most recent (for which he was
director) was a pan-European study of social capital amongst a community of
interest and which involved over 800,000 respondents in 12 countries.
the University of Chester in January 2007.
Kate Sillitoe MSc - Lecturer in Advertising
Kate has a background in graphic design, commercial
photography and interactive multimedia production. She has several years
experience working in industry as a multimedia manager and producer for
Momentum UK, part of the McCann-Erickson Worldwide Advertising Group. She has
produced educational materials, both interactive and static, in a wide range of
media, for both charity and non-profit making organisations. She also produces
websites for commercial organisations.
Kate specialises in interactive multimedia, incorporating
web design and programming, video production, graphics and sound for
distribution over the internet or on CD-Rom.
Kate's research interests include human-computer interaction
and the development of online social networks.
Kate has a first degree in Interactive and Broadcast Media,
an MSc in Interactive Multimedia Production and a Teaching Certificate in
Kate joined the University of Chester in January 2007.
Dr Rina Arya MA - Lecturer in Critical and Contextual
Rina's background is in theology (MA, PhD) and the history
of art (BA). Her research is
interdisciplinary with interests in the theoretical perspectives of fine art,
literature and theology. A particular
focal point is the artist Francis Bacon, examining his work from a variety of
different perspectives - psychosexual, political, philosophical and
theological. She is also interested in
the cultural thinker/theorist Georges Bataille and the relationship between
eroticism and mysticism in his work.
Rina's doctoral thesis argued that, following on from the
cultural awakening of the ‘death of God' in the West, Bacon and Bataille,
amongst a host of other artists and thinkers explore the sacred in a
non-theological, or more precisely, an a-theological framework. The morphology of the sacred is a recurrent
theme in her research and she has investigated the experience and subsequent
expression of the idea of the sacred in both religious and secular contexts
through an exploration of the phenomenology of pain, ecstasy and the
oscillation between self-awareness and jouissance.
Rina's publications include: ‘The role of Objects in
Bataille's Story of the Eye' in the ‘On Objects' issue, Performance Research,
(2008); pp. 67-77, A-theology and the recovery of the sacred in Bataille and
Bacon in La Revue Silène, www.revue-silene.com (2008); pp. 45-58 (English), pp.
59-72,‘The Religious Significance on Violence in Football' in, Understanding
Religion and Violence in Popular Culture edited by, Eric Christianson and
Christopher Partridge (London: Equinox, 2008), ‘Painting the Pope: An analysis
of Francis Bacon's Study after Velásquez's Pope Innocent X' for Literature and
Theology, Oxford University Press, ‘An analysis of motion in Bacon through the
theories of time in Bergson' for Visual Culture in Britain, Manchester
University Press (forthcoming), Reviews of Sacred to Profane: Writings on
Worship and Performance, edited by Anjum Katyal, Calcutta: Seagull Books, 2006
and Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods: The Ramlila at Ramnagar, by Anuradha
Kapur, Calcutta: Seagull Books, 2006 for Implicit Religion (forthcoming).
Rina joined the University of Chester in January 2007.