Ranked in the Top Ten by the Times Higher Education in January 2015

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), published in December 2014, over 70% of our overall research activity was classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Our ‘Research Environment’, which takes in success in research grant applications as well as supervisory support for PhD students, was ranked entirely in these two highest categories, as indeed was our ‘Research Impact’, which refers to our influence over the world beyond academia; in our case, that includes work on the organization of major international art exhibitions, the preservation of important historical monuments, and the pioneering development and application of cutting-edge scanning technologies.  Based on these and other criteria, including the fact that all of our staff are research active and were submitted to the REF, the Times Higher Education rankings rated us at number 8 out of 84 UK departments.


Academic staff in the Department of History of Art and Film have research strengths in a number of key areas, including:

  • Medieval and Tudor art, sculpture Picture10.jpg

    and architecture

  • Italian art and compositional theory from the Early Renaissance through to the Baroque
  • 18th and 19th century historicism, heritage and conservation
  • 20th century through to contemporary art, photography and sculpture
  • Modernist through to contemporary architecture, planning and theory
  • British and American cinema, serials and television
  • Popular culture, media, videogames and comics

We have a proven track record of researching and publishing in these fields through the most respected publishers and journals, and actively pursue new ways of conducting and disseminating our research as widely as possible. This might involve setting up innovative interdisciplinary collaborations with other academics, technical specialists and art institutions, curating major international exhibitions, hosting events targeted at the general public, creating interactive websites, and so on.

We work extensively as editStudent and Cassablanca posterors and/or referees for publishing houses such as Yale, Ashgate, Manchester and Routledge, to name a few, as well for more than a dozen international academic journals. Moreover we take key advisory roles for important institutions and organizations such as the National Gallery and the Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, English Heritage, the International Association of Media and History, the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies, as well as for export and educational bureaus within the British Government and the European Union. Our reach beyond academia can be further underlined by frequent media appearances on radio and television, including the BBC, ITV, Sky, Bloomberg, US National Public Radio, ABC Australia, and many more.

All members of staff are also involved in PhD supervision and we encourage applications in any of our key research areas. We are keen however to take on topics outside any one individual’s direct area of speciality, and we regularly set up PhD supervisory teams that allow for unusual and innovative topic combinations according to the student’s interests, so do please send us your enquiry.

Please see individual staff profiles for further details of research activities and publications.

If you are interested in undertaking research in history of art or film, please contact us and we will be glad to discuss the possibilities.

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Poster Winner

Congratulations to, Emily Wilce, on her Best Poster (College of Arts, Humanities and Law) prize in the recent Festival of Postgraduate Research 2015.