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Victoria Walters – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Dr Victoria Walters is a Digital Learning Developer developing and promoting Bath Spa University's training and support for academic staff and students, with a particular focus on the tools and platforms through which academic courses are delivered and improving the student experience of the online University.

Tasks include assisting with the development of training and related materials, delivering live online training workshops, creating self-help video tutorials, either answering or triaging individual enquiries and working closely with the University’s Academic Developers and IT Services to holistically improve the way students engage with their academic studies online.

In addition to her role as Digital Learning Developer, Victoria is an academic in the field of Visual Culture and holds a PhD in Visual Culture, a MA in Digital Media, a PGDip in Fine Art and a BA (Hons) in European Studies.

She continues to write on issues in Visual Culture; to date, her research has largely focused on the work of 20th Century German artist Joseph Beuys and she has published widely on the artist, giving conference papers at art institutions in the UK and overseas, often by invitation.

Victoria is a HEA Fellow and has taught students from first year to PhD level, supervising her first PhD student to completion in 2020. She is interested in how teaching in Visual Culture has been – and continues to be - affected by the Covid pandemic, climate emergency and developments in technology.

She has also taught Art and Design at several Universities and has a studio practice which feeds into her research and writing. 

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Visual Culture, University of Ulster
  • MA Digital Media, UWE Bristol
  • PG Dip Fine Art, Bath Spa University
  • BA (Hons) European Studies (French)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Visual Culture Research Group
  • Member of the Artist Research Hub Space, Place, Practice
  • Member of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore

Areas of interest

  • Academic IT training - our workshops include Introduction to Ultra for New Staff, Building Content in Ultra, Assessments Grading and Feedback in Ultra, Effective Communication in Ultra, Working with Interactive Whiteboards, Introduction to Academic IT Systems
  • Accessibility, Neurodiversity and Assistive Technology - I am a member of the University's Assistive Technology Group and am currently developing an Accessibility workshop for BSU staff
  • Assistance with the development of courses relating to sustainability and the embedding of sustainability themes within all courses which cross over with my role as a DLD.

Research and academic outputs

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Joseph Beuys and the Celtic wor(l)d: a language of healing
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Walters, V (2012) Joseph Beuys and the Celtic wor(l)d: a language of healing. Lit Verlag, Zürich. ISBN 9783643901057


Beuysian legacies in Ireland and beyond: art, culture and politics
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Lerm Hayes, C-M and Walters, V, eds. (2011) Beuysian legacies in Ireland and beyond: art, culture and politics. Lit Verlag, Berlin. ISBN 9783825807610


Ask the ancestors: reflections on the Avebury Project
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Walters, V (2024) 'Ask the ancestors: reflections on the Avebury Project.' In: Nic Craith, M, Strani, K and Mackie, A, eds. Liberating the ethnological imagination: a Festschrift for Ullrich Kockel. Lit Verlag, Zürich. (Forthcoming)


"But who can picture what the future holds?": Julie Hill's Earth, Water, Night
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Walters, V (2023) '"But who can picture what the future holds?": Julie Hill's Earth, Water, Night.' In: Hill, J.F, ed. Earth, water, night. self-published, London.


On learning to say longing: drawing on the power of fado
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Walters, V (2020) 'On learning to say longing: drawing on the power of fado.' In: Kockel, U, McDermott, P and Campbell, L, eds. Per scribendum, sumus: ethnopoesis, or: writing heritage. a cèilidh in honour of Mairéad Nic Craith. Lit Verlag, Zürich, pp. 128-143. ISBN 9783643913579


We-Minotaur-Labyrinth-Root: talking transgression with Beuys and Bataille
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Walters, V (2014) 'We-Minotaur-Labyrinth-Root: talking transgression with Beuys and Bataille.' In: Rice, L and Littlefield, D, eds. Transgression: towards an expanded field of architecture. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 230-252. ISBN 9781138818927


Opening up the field: Joseph Beuys’ anthropological art
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Walters, V (2013) 'Opening up the field: Joseph Beuys’ anthropological art.' In: Johler, R, Marchetti, C, Tschofen, B and Weith, C, eds. Kultur_Kultur: Denken. Forschen. Darstellen. Waxmann Verlag, Münster, pp. 311-317. ISBN 9783830928478


The artist as shaman: the work of Joseph Beuys and Marcus Coates
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Walters, V (2010) 'The artist as shaman: the work of Joseph Beuys and Marcus Coates.' In: Schneider, A and Wright, C, eds. Between art and anthropology: contemporary ethnographic practice. Berg, Oxford, pp. 35-47. ISBN 9781847885005


Teaching on a damaged planet: learning lessons from lockdown
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Walters, V (2024) 'Teaching on a damaged planet: learning lessons from lockdown.' Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 16 (2). ISSN 1753-5204 (Forthcoming)


Joseph Beuys and EURASIA
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Walters, V (2019) 'Joseph Beuys and EURASIA.' Tate Papers, 31 (Spring). ISSN 1753-9854


Working ‘in the opposite direction’
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Walters, V (2010) 'Working ‘in the opposite direction’.' Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 19 (2). pp. 22-43. ISSN 1755-2923


Grey weathers (ask the ancestors)
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Walters, V (2022) Grey weathers (ask the ancestors). In: Ave­bury Project, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, UK, 20 August - 24 September 2022.


The pangolin's tale
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Walters, V (2021) The pangolin's tale. In: Lost Wax for Lost Species, Founders' Hall, London, UK, 4 - 5 November 2021.


Holfter, G., ed., German-speaking exiles in Ireland 1933-1944 [book review]
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Walters, V (2007) Holfter, G., ed., German-speaking exiles in Ireland 1933-1944 [book review]. Irish Economic and Social History, 34. pp. 122-124. ISSN 0332-4893


Freeland Thompson, T., Ireland’s pre-Celtic archaeological and anthropological heritage [book review]
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Walters, V (2007) Freeland Thompson, T., Ireland’s pre-Celtic archaeological and anthropological heritage [book review]. Irish Journal of Anthropology, 10 (1). pp. 58-59. ISSN 1393-8592


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