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Tom Slevin is an academic in the Department of Art & Music at Solent University Southampton. He previously worked at Royal Holloway University of London and University for the Creative Arts. He has significant teaching and research experience and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Tom's teaching and research interests focus around visual culture and photography. More specifically,he is concerned with the artistic avant-garde, modernism, the representation of the body, vision and representation, and the philosophy of technology.

Tom has previously won University teaching STAR & Union Awards for 'Most Innovative Teacher'; 'Student Voice Champion'; 'Outstanding Team'; 'Outstanding Teaching' (nominated). As Course Leader for BA (Hons) Photography between 2018-2020, the team achieved 'National Student Survey' satisfaction scores of between 89% - 96%.

His research has been externally reviewed as ‘world-leading’ (REF 4* quality) and has been entered into the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise and 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

He is currently Director of Studies and/or advisor for four PhD students.

He has been an external peer-reviewer for Intellect, Bloomsbury and Routledge (books) and the journals Fashion Theory, Philosophy of Photography, and Arts.

He has worked as an external examiner for Falmouth University between 2018 - 2023.

Tom's university service includes:
Ethics committee, School Chair
Postgraduate Research Committee
Academic Board, Academic Representative
Postgraduate Research Supervisor Representative
Higher Education Academy Assessor
Staff research mentor
Doctoral Co-Ordinator [Media, Culture & the Arts] (seconded)

Tom is also a trustee for the Southampton-based arts charity 'In Focus: Education and Development' (https://www.infocusedu.co.uk). Since 2015, In Focus have provided arts-based learning for young people considered at-risk or vulnerable, and those not in education, employment or training. In Focus also work within local communities to support a wider offer of photography-based learning for all ages and abilities.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Body in Modernity: Radical Imaginations and Reactionary Ideologies, Royal Holloway University of London

Award Date: 1 Dec 2010

Master, MA History of Art, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Sept 2004

Bachelor, Media Arts, Royal Holloway University of London

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

External positions

External Examiner, Falmouth University

1 Nov 20181 Sept 2023


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