UWE Bristol award Honorary Degree to Professor Paul Gough

Issue date: 29 July 2014


Paul Gough holding his Honorary Degree at the ceremony

UWE Bristol has awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University to Professor Paul Gough in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University of the West of England.

The Honorary Degree was conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education on Friday 25 July 2014 at Bristol Cathedral.

Professor Paul Gough has been a leading figure on the Bristol arts scene for many years, recognized both nationally and internationally.

After graduating from the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Gough studied for a Masters degree in Painting, and a Doctorate in First World War art at the Royal College of Art. He then opened an art studio in London, won the Penguin Book Prize for his dissertation, exhibited in the West End and overseas, and received numerous art commissions.

Professor Gough gained his first full time position in academia at the University of Dundee and went on to join UWE Bristol in 1980. He started as a visiting lecturer at Bristol Polytechnic and progressed through to Pro Vice-Chancellor in 2010 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor soon after.

His research interests lie in the processes and iconography of commemoration, the cultural geographies of battlefields, and the representation of peace and conflict in the 20th and 21st century.

Among his recent publications is a monograph on the British artist Stanley Spencer, Journey to Burghclere, an extensive study of British art of the Great War, A Terrible Beauty, an edited volume of correspondence between Stanley Spencer and Desmond Chute, Your Loving Friend, and Brothers in Arms, on the work of British war artists Paul and John Nash. Professor Gough has also published an edited book on the street artist Banksy.

As a painter he has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, and is represented in several art collections, including the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum in London, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, and the National War Memorial in New Zealand.

Over a period of ten years he also worked as a television presenter, researcher and associate producer for the ITV, BBC and C4, on a range of creative arts programmes, including the award-winning documentary Redundant Warrior, about the photographer Don McCullin.

Professor Gough has also held an extensive portfolio of academic roles in the UK and was a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He was Chair of the sub-panel for Art and Design in the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 and has worked with governments and universities in New Zealand, Romania, Hong Kong and Australia as they prepare for research assessment exercises.

In 2014 he was appointed to his current post as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Vice-President of RMIT's College of Design and Social Context, based in Melbourne Australia.

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