Victoria Kelley leads UCA’s Research and Education teams, supporting staff and student research and important areas of educational development and enhancement that underpin UCA’s teaching excellence.
Victoria is a historian by discipline, with a subject expertise that spans the boundaries between design history, material culture and social history. Her interest in understanding the past through its material culture dates back to early passions for both history and design.
She studied for her BA in Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford, and MA in the History of Design at the Royal College of Art / Victoria and Albert Museum. She returned to the RCA / V&A to study for her doctorate.
Victoria started her academic career at UCA in 1996, teaching Critical and Historical Studies with BA fashion, textiles and interiors students. She delivered interdisciplinary teaching to MA students from 2005, leading research methods units.
Alongside this long career at UCA, Victoria has also held academic positions at other art and design institutions, including the RCA (2009-2012) and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, where she was Stage Leader in Cultural Studies for Fashion, Jewellery and Textiles from 2012-2018.
Victoria supervises Ph.D students and led UCA’s Graduate Forum from 2015-2018.
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