Ms Jacqueline Butler

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  • Qualifications:PhD, Fellow Advance HE
  • Position:Dean and Head of School of Arts
  • Department:ACE - Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Telephone:+4411732 81090
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About me

Dr Jacqueline Butler is a Scottish artist and educator, Dean and Head of the School of Arts and a member of the College of Arts, Technology and Environment Executive team. As a manager, researcher, and teacher she strives to enhance the student experience and improve graduate outcomes, through expanding regional, national and international partnerships in the creative and cultural sector. Jacqueline has been a member of internationally recognised research and Higher Education networks, and has experience as a trustee on executive, advisory and gallery boards. These networks forefront new practices to engage with wider communities and interrogate the impact emerging digital technology has on creativity at a global level. She has presented papers outlining new pedagogies to support students to develop practice-based learning skills in response to industry needs, most recently in Stuttgart, Edinburgh and Cork. In March 2023 she was appointed onto the Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD) as a Trustee. Her ambition as dean is to grow a diverse school community where there is creative space for all to develop, thrive and succeed. As someone from a low socio-economic background, first generation university educated she has first-hand experience of feeling marginalized and excluded. This has driven her throughout her career to be values focused, challenge discriminatory behaviour, and open gateways to enable many to experience educational excellence.

Area of expertise

Jacqueline was appointed an Associate Professor in Fine Art in February 2020 to acknowledge her expertise in Arts Practice-Research. She continues to publish and exhibit, and regularly present her research at international conferences. Jacqueline’s practice-research is centred around photography, digital video, the artist book, and writing. Much of her practice involves working with archives and collections (both public and private). As one of the founding members coordinating Family Ties Network (FTN is a research group of artists and filmmakers exploring memory, place, and the family), the network has delivered seminar days and exhibitions nationally and contributed to several publications exploring themes associated with family narrative and loss. Her current research considers what constitutes photography in the 21st Century, combining pre-photography principles with traditional and new print technologies. Jacqueline completed her PhD in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art in 2021. Titled The Photograph asHaptic and Virtual Object: Realms of Ephemeral Sensation and Material Objecthood, the PhD research explores what a photograph can be in hybrid form, querying the thingness of the medium through technological convergence.


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