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Kristin Doern – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Since joining Bath Spa University in 2001, I have been fortunate to be able to work in a variety of academic and leadership roles across the University.

I have been the Graduate Course Director in Bath Business School (December 2016), and since June 2020 was Interim Head of Bath Business School (job share with Polly Derbyshire and Diana Reader) until moving into my current role as Head of School for Bath School of Design.

With a background as a performer and arts manager, I have had over thirty years experience in the arts and cultural sector in both Canada and the UK - experience that continues to be relevant and applicable to everything I do at Bath Spa. Most recently, my arts, cultural and heritage management background and experience have been invaluable in relation to developing the new BA (Hons) Architecture course in ways that connect it appropriately to the School, the University, and the City of Bath’s ethos, identity and future.

I specialise in courses that are built on a foundation of strong sector engagement, both in terms of the curriculum, and also through work-based learning opportunities that enable our students to develop and expand their own professional networks, bridging the gaps between theoretical understanding, practice-based experience, and professional development.

I have created and led on the development of:

  • The undergraduate Heritage programme (2009)
  • The University’s first work placement module offered across all of our undergraduate provision - our first ‘open’ module (2011)
  • The MA in Arts Management (2013)
  • The MBA Leadership/Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship (2019)
  • Supported the development of the MA Marketing and Brand Management (2020)
  • Supported the development of the LLM Law and Business, and LLM Legal Foundations (recruiting for Sept 2022)
  • The BA (Hons) Architecture (currently in course approval, and recruiting for Sept 2022)

I have twice been elected by academic staff colleagues as a member of the University’s Academic Board and was a Staff Governor from 2014-2018. I am actively involved across the University in initiatives to enhance the postgraduate student experience, international student experience, and student professional development.

Through my external and stakeholder roles, I also work across the university supporting our cultural partnerships with organisations and currently sit on the City of Bath World Heritage Site Advisory Board, the Holburne Museum's Universities Partnership Group, and I was a trustee for Bath Preservation Trust and member of their Museums and Education Committee from 2014-2018.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in History, University of Sussex
  • MA in English Literature (Literary Criticism and Cultural Discourse), University of Sussex
  • BA Hons in English Literature, Loughborough University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Drama, Drama Studio London
  • Diploma in Musical Theatre, Sheridan College, Oakville Ontario

Professional memberships

  • Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE)
  • Museums Association UK
  • Cultural Learning Alliance
  • World Heritage UK
  • South West Federation of Museums and Galleries
  • Bath and North East Somerset Museums Group
  • Cultural Forum for Bath Area

Research and academic outputs

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Equal questions: the 'woman question' and the 'drink question' in the writings of Clara Lucas Balfour, 1808-1878
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Doern, K (2002) 'Equal questions: the 'woman question' and the 'drink question' in the writings of Clara Lucas Balfour, 1808-1878.' In: Morgan, S, ed. Women, Religion and Feminism in Britain, 1750-1900. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 159-176. ISBN 9780333993071


City Stories: interpreting Georgian Bath for local to global audiences
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Doern, K (2013) City Stories: interpreting Georgian Bath for local to global audiences. In: Sharing our natural and cultural heritage: interpretation can make us citizens of the world, 15-18 June 2013, Sigtuna, Sweden.


Interpretation challenges, strategies and opportunities in a World Heritage City
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Doern, K (2012) Interpretation challenges, strategies and opportunities in a World Heritage City. In: Understanding Each Other's Heritage - Challenges for Heritage Communication in a Globalized World. International Symposium and Workshop, 19-21 July 2012, Brandenburgische Technische Universität, Cottbus, Germany.


The City of Bath World Heritage Site: interpreting heritage for the local, the regional and the global
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Doern, K (2010) The City of Bath World Heritage Site: interpreting heritage for the local, the regional and the global. In: World Heritage and Tourism: Managing for the Global and the Local, 3-4 June 2010, Quebec City, Canada.


Embedding employability in History and Heritage at Bath Spa University
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Doern, K (2010) Embedding employability in History and Heritage at Bath Spa University. In: Employability in the Curriculum; Beyond the Bolt-On? Conference, 22-23 June 2010, University of Central Lancashire’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (ceth). Preston, UK.


The City of Bath, museums and heritage students: a case study in HE/Museum sector collaboration
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Doern, K (2010) The City of Bath, museums and heritage students: a case study in HE/Museum sector collaboration. In: Learning at the Interface Conference, July 2010, The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design, Brighton, UK.


Drinking - a gendered vice in mid-Victorian women's fiction
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Doern, K (2005) Drinking - a gendered vice in mid-Victorian women's fiction. In: Women, Art and Culture: Historical Perspectives 14th Conference of Women's History Network (UK), 2-4 September 2005, Southampton, UK.


The whole hog: women, religion and temperance
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Doern, K (2005) The whole hog: women, religion and temperance. In: West of England and South Wales Women's History Network Conference - Women, Faith and Spirituality, 25 June 2005, University of Glamorgan, UK.


Bath Spa University - developing an interactive visitors app [web page]
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Glen, N and Doern, K (2014) Bath Spa University - developing an interactive visitors app [web page]. Jisc mobile learning guide.


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