Ms Portia Ungley


My research is about points of uncertainty, where ideas get messy and unclear, where they flex and mutate. I am an art historian by training, a design historian by inclination but I choose material first and formenost because it helps unpack complex ideas. To this end, I have used ballet costumes to consider the nature of the historical artefact, mudlarking and kintsugi to interrogate uncertainty, science fiction to question potemkin villages and a TV dating show to consider taboos around body hair. I am passionate about learning and teaching and currently studying for a professional doctorate in education at Cambridge to supplement my role as Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture


  • HEA Fellow
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • MA Art History
  • BA (Hons) History of Art, Architecture and Design with French

Teaching and learning