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Professor Veronica Spencer 

Deputy Head of School (Education) for Humanities

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Professor Veronica Spencer is Deputy Head of School (Education) for Humanities at the University of Southampton.

I studied for the BA and MA at the University of Southampton, and completed my PhD at the University of Manchester with the support of full British Academy funding. My first appointment at University of Southampton was in a Humanities-based school, which gave me the opportunity to contribute to the development of a number of innovative, interdisciplinary Humanities programmes. I am now Principal Teaching Fellow in the Film department, where I have held all the major roles, including Director of Programmes for four years.  I have previously been Director of Academic Scrutiny for the Faculty and, in my current role, I am Deputy Head of School (Education) for Humanities and Chair of the Academic Scrutiny and Enhancement Group.

My interests in Film are centred on the operations of ideology as worked out through popular culture.  Alongside this runs an enduring commitment to improving the quality of our educational delivery and our teaching practice, in particular through curriculum design.  I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and increasingly work in areas in the university and nationally where education and quality issues overlap.  For the past three years, I have been involved in two collaborative research projects, funded by the Office for Students, currently ongoing.    

I teach modules on science-fiction cinema, and film theory and popular culture, in addition to individual supervisions.

Research interests

My research interests in Film centre on ideology and popular culture.  As such, I have regularly given papers to the international conferences of the Popular Culture Association (PCA) and, formerly, of the Society for the Study of Social Imagery (SISSI), both based in the US.

More recent conference papers have been on education.  I have delivered papers to conferences focused on research into education practice in HE, such as Enhancing Student Learning through Innovative Scholarship (ESLTIS), the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and others.

Research project:

I am currently running a research intervention, with colleagues in Humanities, for an OfS-funded Catalyst B collaborative project, in partnership with the University of Surrey and the University of Kingston.  My project is one of several within the University of Southampton and is investigating how to improve students’ assessment literacy and attainment in the key transition period from secondary education to university. 

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Professor Veronica Spencer
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of Southampton
Avenue Campus
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/1071

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