3 interdisciplinary Fine Art degrees (London, Chicago, Tokyo) and other professional qualifications (classical music, leadership and coaching, art-science, psychiatry, mental health, technology and more). For the rest of my CV, click here.


2014: PhD in Fine Art. Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK 

  • 80,000 word written thesis The Physical and Poetic Processes of Running (downloaded >4187 times), with 1000-day performance and body of creative practice (film, locative media, etc) Kaidie’s 1000-Day Search for The Meaning of Life
  • Full scholarship from UCL (Graduate Research & Overseas Research Scholarships GBP £107,560), with additional grant from National Arts Council (Singapore, SGD $60,000 or GBP £36,600)

2005: M.A. Imaging Arts & Sciences. Distinction. Excellence Award. Musashino Art University, Japan

  • Imaging Arts Theory I, II; Scenario Design I & II; Scenography & Display Theory; Architectural Design Theory; Study of Contemporary Art; Theory of Imaging Arts
  • 160-page written thesis in Japanese language on ‘ma’ (Japanese concept of in between), with large body of creative practice ISLANDHOPPING 2002-2005 with specialism in film installation, video art performance and ‘laptop orchestra’ 
  • Full scholarship from Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGD $100,000 or GBP£61,000)

1998: B.A. Fine Art. First Class Honours. UCL Slade School of Fine Art (83%). Media Fine Art

  • Across film, electronic media, sound art and text. Tutor: Stuart Brisley, Fine Art Media  
  • Full scholarship as the first scholar of National Arts Council-Shell (Singapore, SGD $100,000 or GBP £61,000)

1996: School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA. 16mm Filmmaking, Sound Art, Art History and Politics, Art & Technology, Avant Garde Cinema (Exchange)

  • 16mm film Brookfield Zoo then at Official Selection of British Film Festival, Leicester Square Cinema, London UK   
  • 4-month stint seal global outlook & advocacy of creative arts & liberal arts education. Continue to deepen & widen specialism in film and moving images, plus performance art & studies — and how film, moving images & performance are magically/messily entangled
  • Tutors include Prof Miroslaw Rogala
  • Founded in 1866, School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni and faculty include: Walt Disney, Tania Bruguera (social artist , activist), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (filmmaker), James Elkins (art historian, artist and creative arts research advocate), Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (runner, artist), Orson Welles, Nick Cave, Eduardo Kac and even one Kanye West
  • 2024: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children safeguarding training for Charity Trustees (as Hear Me Out Trustee)
  • 2023: Passed (or failed?) Autism Spectrum Condition diagnosis. Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation.
  • 2022: Principal Fellowship Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). PR255515. Paper: Fulfilling Descriptor 4 of UKPSF: 24 years of sustained strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development through ‘Tentacular Pedagogy‘. Outlines  ‘tentacular pedagogy’, which highlights the need for HE to learn with and from marginalised communities excluded from HE. Draws on findings from my SFHEA (2016) which proposed a practice-led public-facing approach of ‘productive antagonisms’, key of which are creative live problem-based projects with the industry and society. PFHEA will enable mentoring of peers in and beyond the Department of Art and Performance as the first with qualification.
  • 2022: StellarHE Leadership Programme (MMU nomination). Strategic executive development programme for racially-diverse leaders in HE
  • 2022: Philosophy and Psychiatry Summer School, University of Oxford, which I also participated as invited trainer.  
  • 2022: Aurora. Leadership programme for >8300 women in 200 HEIs since 2013. Nominated and selected by MMU.  
  • Ongoing, and refreshed regularly: Essential training, including in EDI; Prevent; GDPR & Data Protection; Health, Safety & Wellbeing  
  • 2018: Certification for Coaching (Relational Dynamics). Accreditation by Culture at Work Ltd and Relational Dynamics 1st Ltd
  • 2018: Passed (or failed?) Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults (DIVA). Declared top 5% within 3% of adult population with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Examination by a Professor of Psychiatry
  • 2018: Mental Health First Aid Certification, King’s College London.
  • 2016: Senior Fellowship, Advance HE (SFHEA) PR099243. Paper: Productive Antagonisms: Working with and Through Difference. A Student-Centred Teaching Approach Via Practice-Based Research and Live Projects.
  • 2015: Passed (or failed?) Specific Learning Difficulty assessments. Declared to have dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia by a Specific Learning Difficulty tutor. (A belated evaluation, as my family background could not afford access to diagnosis. Even if I did, I would not have had the privilege to be out about being neurodivergent – hence the advocacy work today)
  • 2013: Associate Fellowship, Advance HE (AFHEA) PR061725. Paper: Teacher on Co-Runner: A teaching approach for post-graduate art that celebrates the dynamic practice-theory interplay.
  • 2003: Passed, Japanese language for Japanese University Admission. Tokyo Japanese Language Centre of Japan Student Services Organisation
  • 2002 onwards: Extensive training in research, artistic/ creative research, psychiatry, arts-health, practice-led research including at AHRC, KCL, UCL.
  • Since 2000s: IT. Use & training across Apple Mac & Windows: Final Cut Pro, Mimsy, Moodle, Avid, WordPress, Weebly, DVD authoring, Adobe Creative suite, Microsoft Office & other softwares for creative production, museum archiving, learning/teaching, remote collaboration, project management  
  • 1991: Finalist (out of 4), Royal College of Music audition, playing Bach, Beethoven and Bartok.
  • 1991: Passed ABRSM Theory Grade 8
  • 1990: Distinction (twice), ABRSM Piano practical, Grade 8
  • 1980’s: Perfect pitch (absolute pitch) and perfect hearing, ABRSM music examinations
  • Languages: Spoken: English, Mandarin, Japanese. Writing and Reading: English, Chinese, Japanese. Studied and passed basic German (Grade A)