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Current PhD Supervision

Ellen Hughes
Commenced: PhD January 2017
Thesis title:Design Values in the Bristol and Bath Region (proposed)

Supervisory Team:Professor Carinna Parraman, Professor Stephen Hoskins and Professor Jon Dovey from the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education plus Dr Glenn Parry and Professor Don Webber from the Faculty of Business and Law.

Ellen joins the Centre for Fine Print Research in January 2017 to undertake a full-time PhD funded by UWE. Her programme of studies

The doctoral study Design Values in the Bristol and Bath Region draws from the outcomes of the Bristol and Bath by Design Project undertaken between 2014 and 2016 . Ellen will undertake an in-depth study into the personal motivations and values of designers in Bristol and Bath to provide a bottom-up picture of design and the wider creative industries in the region. Using the substantial qualitative data set collected for the Bristol and Bath by Design project: interviews with designers in the region, the researcher’s collection of interviews with the regional creative industries for her podcast Bristol Kitchen Radio, and her extensive experience conducting life story interviews with crafts people for National Life Stories at the British Library. She is in a unique position to conduct an analysis of the people and companies who are making the culture of our region from the bottom up.

Becky Gooby
Commenced: PhD October 2015
Thesis title:
This research project is concerned with the exploration into, and manipulation of, digital colour in fabric printing, to produce an openly accessible colour management toolkit for designers, artists, makers, and small organisations that may not have access to equipment and software, that can assist with colour assurance for fabric printing.  It is intended that the toolkit will take the form of videos, instructions and downloads available online through a dedicated website. Each phase of research will incorporate a practice as research methodology with experimentation in practice, and reflection through documentation, alongside complementary writing and industry-led case studies with designers, colour technologists and design journalists.
Becky undertook an undergraduate degree in Fine Art at Bath School of Art & Design, where she specialised in soft sculptural installation, followed by a Masters in Textile Design (print) graduating in 2009 from the Sir John Cass School of Art & Design. She works as an upholsterer and has exhibited her designs at a range of shows and fairs including the Bristol Biennial and The Design.  Becky has previously been a visiting lecturer at the Sir John Cass School of Art & Design.

Supervisory Team: Director of Studies Professor Carinna Parraman


Xavier Aure

Commenced: PhD, October 2014 FUNDING: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in partnership with the National Gallery

Thesis title: 2.5D and 3D image capture and print in the cultural heritage field - evaluation of current and developing technologies, potential applications and practical workflows

Supervisory Team: Director of Studies Carinna Parraman, Supervisors: Stephen Hoskins, Joe Padfield

Angie Butler

Commenced: PhD, October 2012,
Thesis title: Evidencing the role of Letterpress as a contemporary process within book arts practice and higher education in the UK
Supervisory Team:Director of studies Sarah Bodman, Supervisors: Tom Sowden, Dr Paul Laidler
CFPR Current Research Students


Melissa Olen
Commenced: PhD September 2012

funding: Marie Curie Initial Training Network  funded project Colour Printing 7.0: Next Generation Multi-Channel Printing

Thesis title: Next Generation Multi-Channel Printing
Supervisory Team: Director of Studies Professor Stephen Hoskins, Associate Professor Carinna Parraman

Katie Vaughan
Commenced: PhD September 2012

funding: AHRC studentship
Thesis title: Can Egyptian Paste Techniques (Faience) Be Used For 3D Printed, Solid Free-form Fabrication of Ceramics? (TBC)
Supervisory Team: Director of Studies Professor Stephen Hoskins, David Huson, Dr Peter Walters

Peter McCallion

Commenced:PhD October 2012
funding:UWE studentship bursary

Thesis title:
Thesis title: The development of methods for the reproduction in continuous tone of digitally printed colour artworks
Supervisory Team: Director of Studies Professor Stephen Hoskins, Professor Dr Carinna Parraman, Dr Peter Walters