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Current PhD Students

Name

Programme

Thesis title and supervisor(s)

Rosemary Alexander-Jones PhD by Research

Historical Buildings in Heritage Cinema and Their Effect on the Visitor Experience

Dr Emma Pett

Lacey Allen PhD by Research

Storytelling and ADHD: Adapting fairy tale films for neurodiverse audiences.
Dr Mariana Lopez

Thomas Battey PhD by Creative Practice

Thesis title in develpment
Dr Jonathan Hook

Jonathan Bussell PhD by Research

How to give students a professional experience during productions whilst still teaching technique to actors in training? An investigation into discovering strategies that can be used when directing students.

Tom Cantrell

Louise Calf PhD Candidate in Archaeology and TFTI Plays and Performance in the Country House: The 'Bijou' Theatre at Chatsworth
Dr. Kate Giles and Dr. Ollie Jones
Cristobal Catalan PhD by Research

Dr Jonathan Hook

R. Clayton PhD by Creative Practice How does shifting from a horizontal aspect ratio to a vertical aspect ratio in long-form film production affect the filmmaking process and resulting narratives?
Dr Emma Pett
Teodora Fartan PhD by Creative Practice Professor Marian Ursu
Warren Fearn PhD by Creative Practice How can Augmented Reality help bridge the gap between classroom and remote science learning for Primary Schools?
Dr Jonathan Hook
Tasos Giapoutzis PhD by Creative Practice The Interplay of Place and Nostalgia in Contemporary Migratory European Cinema
Professor Duncan Petrie
Alan Heaven PhD by Research To what extent is the work of Nathan Field distinctive in its use of instructional content?
Professor Michael Cordner
Mark Helsby PhD by Research Television's Lost Archives of Knowledge
Dr Kristyn Gorton 
Hao Hong PhD by Creative Practice Transitions from Chinese Ink Paintings into Interactive media
Dr Guy Schofield and Professor Marian Ursu
Joe Horsey PhD by Research The Role of Metaphor in Documentary Film and Television
Dr Ed Braman
Sarah Hoyle PhD by Research What is the cultural value of outdoor/experiential film screenings?
Dr Jenna Ng
Stewart Jones PhD by Research

Screen Industry: Theoretical Process Management Frameworks for Film, Television, and Videogames

Dr Emma Pett, Dr Bob Townley

Felix Kawitzky PhD by Creative Practice Magic Circles: Generating collaborative queer utopias via tabletop roleplaying games and the “Fantastic Genres”
Dr Louise LePage and Dr Ben Kirkman
Alexander Kiddier PhD by Research Professor Duncan Petrie
Deborah Klika PhD by Research The comic nature of character and narrative in related TV and film comedy.
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh and Dr Kristyn Gorton
Ishita Krishna PhD by Research

 Objects in Modernist Drama (Working Title)

Dr Karen Quigley

Francesca Lewis PhD by Research Searching for counter-diagnostic meaning within borderline experience
David Libeau PhD by Research Generating real-time audio description for live streamed gaming
Dr Mariana Lopez and Dr Guy Schofield
Tala Linjawi PhD by Creative Practice Professor Duncan Petrie
Siqi Liu PhD by Research Functional enhancement: Redefinition of sports commentary in the era of digital media
Dr Jenna Ng
Daniel Lock PhD by Research Dr Ben Kirman
Simona Manni PhD by Research Responsive media and non-linear participatory narratives of mental health
Dr Jonathan Hook and Professor Mariana Ursu
Silvia Mantilla-Wright PhD by Research Music as an agent: Video game narrative, musical empathy, and the
music that flows between
Dr Anna Bramwell-Dicks and Dr Jonathan Hook
Saad Maqbool PhD by Research

Story Seeds - Growing Storied Experiences from Outdoor Cultural Heritage Sites through Tangible Interactive Artefacts

Dr Debbie Maxwell

Freyja Alice McCreery PhD by Research

Superheroes, Trauma, and the Internet: Feeling the Relational Self in the Era of Networked Neoliberalism.

Dr Ed Braman and Dr Louise LePage

Benjamin McDonald PhD by Creative Practice Mental Illness and Dramatising Symptoms: A Playwright’s Perspective
Dr Lisa Peschel
Grace Moore PhD by Creative Practice

Experimentation of a new grammar for telling narratives in Cinematic Virtual Reality
Dr Guy Schofield and Professor John Mateer

Jacob Mulgrew PhD by Creative Practice

Simon Van der Borgh

Clau Nader

PhD by Research

ASMR: Sound interventions for mental health and wellbeing in adolescents
Dr Mariana Lopez
Nick Newman

PhD by Creative Practice

Thesis title in develpment
Dr Tom Cantrell and Dr Karen Quigley
Kasia Nicklin

PhD by Creative Practice

Fom the Underdog to Top Dog – Gender representation and unconscious bias in sports
films from the late 1970s - 2020.

Simon Van der Borgh / Dr Emma Pett

Richard Oakes PhD by Research Investigating Emotional Audience Responses to Theatre and Music
Dr Lisa Peschel and Dr Nick Barraclough
Gabrielle Russell PhD by Creative Practice Ether-Realism: evolving new cinematic form by speaking the old language of our native psyche
Dr Ed Braman and Mr Andrew Vickers
Sally Shangguan PhD by Research Professor Andrew Higson
Hadeel Shqair PhD by Research Aljazeera Channel's Effect on the Political Consciousness of the Arab Youth since 2000
Dr Ed Braman and Dr Kirstyn Gorton
MG Stewart-David PhD by Creative Practice Writing the Immersive Musical
Dr Jonathan Hook and Dr Karen Quigley
Ellen Storm PhD by Research Professor David Barnett
Tom Strazewski PhD by Creative Practice Staging the York Mystery Plays in the 21st Century
Dr Ollie Jones and Dr Kate Giles (Archaeology)
Kulnaree Sueroj PhD by Research Audio Describing gestures and facial expressions in Thai serials
Dr Mariana Lopez
Mwewa Sumbwanyambe PhD by Creative Practice   Thesis title in develpment
Dr Benjamin Poore and  Professor David Barnett
Mark Summers PhD by Creative Practice The player as antagonist. Can the reframing of narrative terms lead to a more immersive and engaging experience in interactive storytelling?
Dr Guy Schofield and Dr Jenna Ng
Tianyi (Choco) Tang PhD by Creative Practice Dr Jenna Ng
Kiran Tanna PhD by Creative Practice Staging Conspiracy Theory: exploring staged responses to conspiracy theory in contemporary theatre and performance practice
Dr Karen Quigley
Kate Valentine PhD by Creative Practice Dual Carriageway - Live performance and digital storytelling linking communities along the Great North Road
Dr Debbie Maxwell and Dr Mark Smith
Richard Frank Vickers PhD by Creative Practice

Curating the self: Social Media, Identity, Memory and the Mediated Vernacular.

Dr Nick Jones

Xiaojie (Cheryl) Xie PhD by Research Thesis title in develpment
Dr Mariana Lopez
Irene Zarza Rubio PhD by Research

‘I Still Believe in Heroes’: Creating a Contemporary Mythology in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh and Dr Emma Pett

Completed PhD Students

NameYear of AwardProgrammeThesis title and supervisor(s)
David Edwards 2021 PhD by Creative Practice

The application and relevance of Stanislavsky, and later exponents of his theories, in rehearsal and performance with specific focus on the portrayal of obsessive-compulsive disorder on the stage.

Dr Tom Cantrell

Shelly Anne Galpin 2021 PhD by Research

'The People No-One Imagines Anything Of:' Teenage Responses to British Period Drama
Professor Andrew Higson

Michael Holden 2021 PhD by Research

Mapping Memory: Cartography in Contemporary Holocaust Culture
Dr Lisa Peschel

Rene Fernando Idrovo Zambrano 2021 PhD by Research

Immersive Continuity: Long Takes, 3-D Sound, and the Impression of Reality in the Cinema of Alfonso Cuarón
Dr Sandra Pauletto

Richard Kearns 2021 PhD by Research

Interpreting Cultures of Participations: Production, Distribution and Globalisation
Dr Mariana Lopez and Dr Veronique Chance

Sina Khazaee-Farid 2021 PhD by Creative Practice

Bazinian Realism in the Digital Apparatus
Dr David Hickman

Nai Li 2021 PhD by Research

Chinese Audiences’ Reception of and Attitudes towards Hollywood Films with Chinese Elements
Professor Andrew Higson

Tracy Mathewson 2021 PhD by Creative Practice

Post-Truth, Justice, and the Feminine Way
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh

Tobias Palma Stade 2021 PhD by Creative Practice Hands-off Interactive Storytelling in Cinematic Virtual Reality
Dr Guy Schofield and Simon Van der Borgh
Rosamund Portus 2021 PhD by Research Extinction Studies: Imagining a World without Bees
Dr Debbie Maxwell
Alix Beaumont 2020 PhD by Research The Depiction of Ancient Greek Mythology in Cinema, Television and Video Games
Dr Jenna Ng and Dr Kristyn Gorton
Bridget Foreman  2020 PhD by Creative Practice Directive and Prescriptive Commissioning in Theatre
Dr Karen Quigley
Agata Frymus 2020 PhD by Research European Stars in the Discourse of 1920's America
Professor Andrew Higson
Shelley Galpin 2020 PhD by Research Heritage Screen Media and Youth Audiences
Professor Andrew Higson and Dr Huw Jones
Hasmik Gasparyan 2020 PhD by Creative Practice Investigating the Making of Cinematic Silence
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Maxine Gee 2020 PhD by Creative Practice Posthuman Noir: Creating Positive Posthumans
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh and Dr Jenna Ng
Alan Heaven 2020 PhD by Research Adaptation Theory in Relation to Early Modern Theatre
Jandy Luik 2020 PhD by Research Assemblage and The Creative Hub: Designing to Support Assemblage in Virtual Creative Hub
Dr Jenna Ng and Dr Jonathan Hook
Nur Syuhada Mat Sin 2020 PhD by Creative Practice A Malay Folktale Paper Toy Animation
Professor Marian Ursu and Dr Guy Schofield
Siiri Sjöstrand 2020 PhD by Research Neoliberalism and the Self: The Engendering of (female) Selfhood in Western Popular Culture
Dr Kristyn Gorton
Romana Turina 2020 PhD by Creative Practice The Moving Image and Historical Analysis: Trieste, Italian Cinema and the Creative Remediation of Silenced Memory
Professor Duncan Petrie and Mr Simon Van Der Borgh
Neil Hillman 2019 PhD by Research Emotion in Sound Design
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Fiona Keenan 2019 PhD by Research Enactive sound machines: new theatrical strategies for sonic interaction design
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Martina Lovascio 2019 PhD by Research Filming the past in contemporary Italy
Professor Andrew Higson and Dr Alan O'Leary
Gianluca Balla 2018 PhD by Research The Director’s Method in Contemporary Visual Effects Film: Influence of Digital effects on Film Directing
Mr John Mateer and Dr David Hickman
Roderik Smits 2018 PhD by Research Gatekeepers and Gatekeeping Networks in the Film Distribution Business
Professor Andrew Higson
Amy Bethel 2017 PhD by Research Surburbia, seaside and sensation: Showing films in London and the south-east, 1896-1897
Professor Andrew Higson
Matthew John Midgley 2017 PhD by Research Writing Figures of Political Resistance for the English stage
Professor Mary Luckhurst
James Ballands 2016 PhD by Research Terence Davies and the Cinema: Authorship, Collaboration, Intertextuality
Professor Duncan Petrie
Jonathan Carr 2016 PhD by Creative Practice The Normalisation of Surveillance Through the Prism of Film: A Practice Based Study
Dr David Hickman and Mr Simon Van Der Borgh
Mark France 2016 PhD by Research Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company
Professor Michael Cordner
Christos Manolas 2016 PhD by Research Sound Design for Stereoscopic 3-D Cinema
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Francesca Middleton 2016 PhD by Research Romanticism with teeth: Surrealism in British film
Professor Andrew Higson
Julia Pascal 2016 PhD by Creative Practice The Absence of Female Jewish Characters On The Post-war English Stage: Thesis and Three Plays
Dr Lisa Peschel
Emily Torricelli 2016 PhD by Research Projecting the Nation: Constructions of Scotland in Film Since 1979
Professor Duncan Petrie
Anya Benson 2013 PhD by Research Entering ever-expanding worlds of loss: Constructions of place in contemporary Japanese children's cinema
Professor Andy Tudor

Current Masters Students

Name

Programme

Thesis title and supervisor(s)

Samuel Armstrong MA (by research) in Theatre

Dr Mark Love-Smith

Georgina Victoria Bowley-Moriarty MA (by Research) in Screenwriting

Andrew Vickers

Laura Burberry MA (by Research) in Screenwriting

Witch of the Forest

Simon Van Der Borgh

Sean Byrne

MA (by Research) in Theatre Exploring the potential of Telematic Theatre from rehearsal to performance.
Dr Louise LePage and Paul Ryan

Dominic Chamayou-Douglas

MA (by Research) in Theatre Artificially Intelligent Theatre: The application of machine learning ideas to the creation of a theatre play
Dr Anna Bramwell-Dicks and Dr Louise Lepag

Mat Charlton

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Andrew Vickers

Jack Clewer

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Andrew Vickers

Nathanael Craig

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Andrew Vickers

Tania Dales

MSc (by Research) in Interactive Media

Designing Digital Unheimlich: A practical and theoretical gamestudy

Dr Anna Bramwell-Dicks and Dr Nick Jones

Samuel Fleming

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting

Marlene

Andrew Vickers 

Rebecca Gallon MA (by Research) in Interactive Media

Lights, Camera, Interaction ! Interactive Film and its transformative potential.”

Dr Guy Schofield

Gabrielle Giles

MA (by Research) in Interactive Media

A critical analysis of the role and significance of player choices within videogame storytelling

Dr Jenna Ng

Keeley Grant

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting

A Hero's Journey: using codesign to develop a fine motor skills video game with and for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Andrew Vickers

George Greaves

MSc (by Research) in Interactive Media

A Hero's Journey: using codesign to develop a fine motor skills video game with and for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Dr Debbie Maxwell

Zulfiya Hamzaki

MSc (by research) in Interactive Media

Dr Jonathan Hook and Dr Marta Herrero

Robert Harding

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting

Andrew Vickers 
Alfie Howle

MA (by Research) in Theatre

 
Janey Huscared

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting

Andrew Vickers
Dana Johnstone

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting

Andrew Vickers
William Jones MA (by Research) in Interactive Media Professor Sebastian Deterding and Dr Nick Jones
Kieran McConaghy MA (by Research) in Interactive Media Dr Jenna Ng
Owen Pow MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Andrew Vickers
Isabel Marina Schubert Hall MA (by Research) in Screenwriting  Andrew Vickers 
Louisa Schultze MA (by research) in Filmmaking Guy Schofield
Leo Thomas MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Andrew Vickers 
Mark Thomas MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Andrew Vickers 
Huiming Wen MA (by research) in Filmmaking Professor John Mateer
Nicholas Whitfield MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Simon Van Der Borgh
Tairan Yuan MA (by research) in Filmmaking Matt Brannan
Jiuyan Zhang MA (by research) in Filmmaking Lorianne Hall

Completed Masters Students

Name

Year of Award

Programme

Thesis title and supervisor(s)

Jamie Donnelly 2021

MA (by Research) in Interactive Media

Dr Mariana Lopez

Adam Holloway 2021

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting

Andrew Vickers

Joe James 2021

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting

Andrew Vickers

Joe Lamyman 2021

MA (by Research) in Interactive Media

Dr Debbie Mazwell

Scott Mather 2021

MA (by Research) in Screenwriting

Andrew Vickers

Tim Newsome-Ward 2021

MA (by Research) in Interactive Media

Ben Kirman

Mark Allen 2020 MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Andrew Vickers
Daniel Lock 2020 MSc (by Research) in Interactive Media Ben Kirman
Scott Winsbury 2020 MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Andrew Vickers
Daniel Wonnacott 2020 MA (by Research) in Interactive Media Dr Jonathan Hook
Sean Bassett 2019 MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Andrew Vickers
Scott Kovacs 2019 MA (by Research) in Filmmaking Dr Ed Braman
Kate Larking 2019 MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Andrew Vickers
Eleanor Mason 2019 MA (by Research) in Screenwriting Simon Van Der Borgh
Nicholas Newman 2019 MA (by Research) in Theatre Dr Mark Love-Smith
Jack Cooper 2018 MA (by Research) in Interactive Media Ben Kirman