My research: The process of painting as a method of
Programme: PhD Theology
Study Mode: Part-time
Having retired from a professional career in
environmental science (specialising in oil spill response), I am
now linking an interest in theology with my life-long enjoyment of
painting. My research topic is a theological investigation of
the process of painting. This also relates to my part-time
work as a non-stipendiary priest in the Church of England, as I am
interested in the role of the visual arts in ministry.
I enjoy long-distance walking and visiting
Why did you choose this programme at
Religion and the Visual Arts is being actively
developed at York St John, and my previous experience of this
subject area at BA and MA levels (both at YSJ) was very
How long have you been studying at
11 years (!). 6 years part-time BA
Theology and Religious Studies; 4 years part-time MA Theology and
Religious Studies; 1 year into part-time PhD.
How did you find combining your ‘work
& home’ life with your studies?
It has always been quite strenuous, and it is
becoming more so. This is what I expected!
What did you find most helpful about the programme,
resources, staff, university?
I have always found the staff in Theology and
Religious Studies to be encouraging. At the research level I
particularly appreciate the constructive critical feedback, and the
opportunities to attend research seminars and conferences.
What is the best thing about being a
student at YSJ?
The ongoing encouragement and personal touch
which I have experienced in Theology and Religious Studies.
If you have completed the programme
has gaining a degree affected your decision about your
Completing the BA and MA led to my decision to
embark on PhD Research.