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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is internationally recognised in the fields of human cultures, beliefs, institutions and languages. Our ambition is to position the Arts at the core of the University’s mission and at the forefront of its international reputation. Attracting the best research and teaching talent, we aim to set the agenda both in terms of our research and the educational environment we offer. Our objective is to give students the highest quality educational experience, where they are taught and guided by inspiring academics and highly sought after by employers.

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Arts, Culture, Society, Religion

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Prof Stephen Bottoms

I have a wide-ranging set of research interests, covering many aspects of contemporary theatre and performance. I am also increasingly concerned with exploring inter-disciplinary research initiatives, and believe that theatre/performance studies has much to offer in such two-way dialogues.

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Environment, Evaluation, Arts, Theatre, Applied research, Sustainability, Climate, Climate change

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Prof Robert Freer

Research interests: 

Ceramics and inorganics

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Materials, Arts, Ceramics

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Dr Maria Balshaw

Maria Balshaw has been Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery since June 2006. She has coordinated a challenging programme of historic, modern and contemporary exhibitions that capitalise on the Whitworth’s university location as well as having a strong international profile. She has led a successful campaign to expand the gallery and reconnect it to the surrounding park as well as modernise and revitalise the whole gallery.

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Heritage, Culture, Buildings, Arts, External engagement, Engagement, Politics, Governance, Community, Cities, Gender

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Dr Martin Henery

Martin joined Manchester Enterprise Centre as an Enterprise Fellow in 2002 before taking up the post of Enterprise Academic in 2004.

He worked for a number of years as a research assistant at UMIST developing a range of technologies. One of these became a new company where Martin developed medical instrumentation for the US market.

His interests are technology and knowledge transfer, and creating new opportunities and ventures. Martin's skills are product development, creativity and problem-solving.

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Innovation, Business, Economy, Management, Policy, Technology, Knowledge exchange, Engagement, Production, Development, Arts, Applied research, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Prof James Thompson

My current research interests cover all aspects of applied theatre, particularly theatre and performance in war and disaster zones, and then I have related interests in the performative aspects of war and humanitarianism. I have a particular interest in theatre and performance in Sri Lanka and theatre programmes in eastern DR Congo. I have worked in Sri Lanka for UNICEF's Children Affected by Armed Conflict Unit and developed a range of theatre projects for communities affected by the war.

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Arts, Applied research, Theatre, Sustainability, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Car parking, Cities, Transport

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Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery re-opens on February 14th, 2015!

A £15 million development has transformed the gallery, doubling it in size and creating new spaces that embrace the park it calls home.Yet although the Whitworth is about to open a new chapter in its history, the organisation itself has a much broader story to tell.

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Heritage, Heritage protection, Arts, Culture, History