Paul was appointed as Associate Dean and Head of the School of Performing Arts in September 2014, having previously been Head of Drama and Musical Theatre within the School. He worked in theatre before studying at the University of Glasgow, followed by the award of a research studentship for PhD study from what is now the University of Worcester. He then took up a research post at the University of Manchester, working on projects investigating the use of theatre in engaging young people with issues in biomedical science (funded by the Wellcome Trust), and the educational effectiveness of theatre in museums (funded by the AHRB).
Paul's current role is to lead the development of the Faculty’s academic portfolio, including the introduction of new courses, and to manages the Faculty’s quality enhancement, including QAA and Periodic Review processes. He has responsibility for developing and managing the Faculty's international and UK partnerships, which involve students studying Faculty of Arts courses across the world. He also provides strategic leadership for the School of Performing Arts, working closely with Heads of Department and academic and support staff.
Paul is an award winning teacher who has lectured at four different institutions, teaching modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level on areas including directing, devising, experimental theatre, research methods and applied theatre. He has been external examiner at five institutions, including most recently being appointed to the Standing Panel of External Assessors at Manchester Metropolitan University. Paul was Vice-Chair of SCUDD (from 2007 - 2010), the body which represents the interests of Drama, Theatre and Performing Arts in the Higher Education sector in the UK, and retains a keen interest in the development of the subject in Higher Education.
He is an active researcher, is currently supervising a number of PhD students, and has authored and edited books, articles and chapters on a variety of aspects of theatre and performance, presenting his work at academic conferences around the world.
Paul is available for research supervision in a wide range of areas relating to contemporary theatre and performance and would welcome informal enquiries.