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Kayla Rose – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Kayla is Head of Educational Partnerships within the Centre for Educational Partnerships at Bath Spa University. Previous roles at Bath Spa University have included Educational Partnerships Manager (2020-2024), Creative Producer for TRACE (2020), International Projects Manager (2019-20), Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Research and Graduate Affairs (2016-17), and Research Fellow in Design History on the AHRC/Design Council project, 'Bristol & Bath by Design' (2015-16).

Before returning to Bath Spa University in October 2019, Kayla was Assistant Professor of Irish Studies and History at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and Assistant Professor of Art History at CUNY Queensborough Community College (2017-19).

As Head of Educational Partnerships, Kayla leads on all aspects of managing the day-to-day operations, resources, policies, procedures and longer-term planning within the Centre to develop and implement the objectives of the University’s Educational Partnerships Strategy, supporting the PVC (Partnership Strategy) and the Partnership Strategy Group.

From a research standpoint, Kayla is an interdisciplinary researcher in history, art history, visual and material culture, knowledge exchange, and cultural policy, exploring the things (objects, art, experiences, memories) that people create, commemorate, carry, and conserve.

Current research focuses on a couple of different strands related to this, including collective memory and identity formation in Irish and Northern Irish art and material culture, with particular focus on periods of revival, and knowledge exchange between the university and arts and cultural sector.

She has also carried out extensive research on the history of design in the Bristol and Bath region from the Early Modern period to the present, including the relationship between design history and place identity in the South West of England and further afield.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Ulster University, Belfast
  • MPhil, Trinity College, Dublin
  • BA with Honours, Stony Brook University, SUNY.

Professional qualifications

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Advance HE

Other external roles

  • Editorial Committee, Artefact: Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians.

Teaching specialisms

Kayla has taught all periods of art history and history from the prehistoric to the present day. Her undergraduate teaching includes modules on:

  • history of Ireland and Northern Ireland (1600-present)
  • Irish visual and material culture
  • surveys of art and architectural history
  • art and the city
  • arts management
  • Gothic architecture and medieval illuminated manuscripts
  • history of photography
  • general writing-intensive liberal arts modules.

Contact Kayla about

  • BSU's current franchised, validated and TNE partnerships
  • Renewal of educational partnership agreements
  • Proposals for new UK and international franchised or validated partnerships

Research and academic outputs

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Illuminated addresses, national identity and Irish sport, 1880-1901

Strachan, J and Rose, K (2019) 'Illuminated addresses, national identity and Irish sport, 1880-1901.' Irish Studies Review, 27 (3). pp. 362-376. ISSN 0967-0882

‘The ornament of Bristol and the wonder of the age’: Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and a regional design heritage

McLaren, G and Rose, K (2017) ‘The ornament of Bristol and the wonder of the age’: Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and a regional design heritage. In: BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures, 6 -10 July 2017, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, UK.

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