Academic

  • 2014: PhD in Fine Art. Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.
    • 80,000 word thesis (downloaded >4000 times) The Physical and Poetic Processes of Running, and 1000-day performance Kaidie’s 1000-Day Search for The Meaning of Life
    • Graduate Research and Overseas Research Scholarships from UCL, with additional grant from National Arts Council of Singapore.
  • 2005: M.A., Imaging Arts & Sciences. Distinction. Excellence Award. Musashino Art University, Japan. Full scholarship from Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • 1998: B.A. in Fine Art. First Class Honours. Slade School of Fine Art. UCL (83%). Tutor: Stuart Brisley. Full scholarship from National Arts Council-Shell (Singapore).
  • 1996: School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA. 16mm Filmmaking, Sound, Art History and Politics, Art & Technology. (Exchange).

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  • 2022: National Teaching Fellowship (Manchester Met nomination) Based on my original and sustained EDI-centred creative HE interventions and impacts, I have been mentored for the past two years by senior colleagues to apply for this prestigious award. As part of this preparation, I have also been panel member alongside the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Education to judge and provide feedback for colleagues’ applications. Happily, the two colleagues I positively endorsed have been awarded NTF 2022!
  • 2022: Working on Principal Fellowship Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). I will be the first staff member from my Department to have a PFHEA. I will mentor peers in and beyond the Department of Art and Performance, and help raise interest and teaching standards. My PFHEA will outline ‘tentacular pedagogy’, which highlights the need for HE to learn with and from marginalised communities excluded from HE. It 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.
  • 2022: Stellar HE leadership programme for racially-diverse leaders in HE (nominated and selected by Manchester Met) 
  • 2022: Philosophy and Psychiatry Summer School, University of Oxford (as teacher and participant)  
  • 2020: Aurora Leadership programme (nominated and selected by Manchester Met)   
  • 2019 and annually: Prevent, EDI, Health and Safety and Wellbeing, Data Protection
  • 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: Certification for Mental Health First Aid, King’s College London.
  • 2016: Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
  • 2015: Passed (or failed?) SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulty) assessments. Declared to have dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia by a Specific Learning Difficulty tutor.
  • 2013: Associate Fellowship. Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
  • 2003: Passed, Japanese language examination 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, inter- and trans-disciplinary research, HE teaching and more, including from AHRC, UCL, KCL.
  • 1991: Finalist (out of 4), Royal College of Music audition.
  • 1991: Passed ABRSM Theory.
  • 1990: Distinction (twice). ABRSM Piano practical, Grade 8.
  • GCE Advanced Level: Economics (A), Art (not A!), Maths, Higher Maths, General Paper (English language, A), Chinese as Second Language (A)
  • GCE Ordinary Level: A1X8 (English, Chinese, Art, Maths, Further Maths, History, A2X2 (Geography, Chemistry), B3X1 (Physics).
  • Since 2000s: Training in various softwares for art & media creation, archiving, learning & teaching, remote collaboration, project management, research, includingL Adobe, Microsoft, Padlet, Miro, Final Cut Pro, Mimsy, Moodle, Avid, WordPress, Weebly.
  • Languages: Spoken: English, Mandarin, Japanese. Writing and Reading: English, Chinese, Japanese. Also studied and passed basic German (Grade A).
  • Since day one? Perfect hearing and perfect pitch.