There’s a small core heritage team spearheading the subject development, and a wider grouping of staff drawn from across the institution who have active interests and expertise in the field. This includes academic staff in interior architecture and design, fashion, technology and computer games design, tourism, events and hospitality, sustainable development, accounting and finance, social science, art, and health. The small size of UCS is allowing a dynamic community of scholars and practitioners to create all kinds of unique conversations and projects, and the heritage team has attracted leading practitioners in the field to become Visiting Fellows, recognising the unique opportunities for intellectual collaboration, project management and provision of practical work-based learning opportunities.
Professor David Gill
Director, Heritage Futures Unit
Professor David Gill is Professor of Archaeological Heritage at University Campus Suffolk. He is a former Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome, and was a Sir James Knott Fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was previously a member of the Department of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, and Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology at Swansea University (where he also chaired the university’s e-learning sub-committee). He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He is the holder of the 2012 Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Outstanding Public Service Award, and the 2012 SAFE Beacon Award.
David researches on cultural property issues, art crime, the history of collecting, and museology.
Professor Ian Baxter
Professor Ian Baxter is Professor of Historic Environment Management, and until September 2015 was head of the Business School at UCS. He originally trained as an archaeologist at Edinburgh University, and completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge investigating strategic management within heritage organisations. He has worked for a number of Universities, including the University of Cambridge (as Director of Public and Professional Programmes), and Glasgow Caledonian University (as Head of Department of Management and Director of Business School Postgraduate Programmes). Ian has spent over 20 years working and researching with a variety of heritage and tourism organisations throughout the UK.
The full heritage team details can be found on the main University website.
What interests us, and where we are researching
Given the diverse background of the academic team we are interested in quite a diverse range of topics. Our core focus covers management of the historic environment, heritage tourism, interpretation and digital heritage, but it can be hard to pigeon-hole what we do as heritage can play such a diverse role in society and contribute to so many different subjects. We’ll highlight what we are up to in the blog posts.