Dr Ceri Pitches

Dr Ceri Pitches


I had a 12-year career as a secondary school Head of Department and Drama, Theatre Studies and English teacher, as well as a 4-year period managing the schools’ learning programme at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, before returning to full-time study for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Leeds. My research into the performed heritage of the Science Museum Group Explainer role was conducted in collaboration with museums in the Science Museum Group and led to my interest in the relationship between academic research and its real world applications.  I received my PhD in 2017 and now work with the Directors of Impact and academics in the Schools of Music, English, and Performance and Cultural Industries, finding ways to maximise the real world impact of their work, foster collaborations with local, national and global industrial partners and develop approaches to research that respond to contemporary challenges. I also support all impact preparations for REF within these three Schools. 

During my PhD study I was the Editorial Assistant for the journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Oxon and New York: Routledge) and also worked as a Research Project Assistant (2012-13) for Performing the Past, a collaborative research network between the Universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds funded by the White Rose University Consortium. I was the Research Network Facilitator (2016-19) for the Leverhulme Trust-funded international project Rethinking Reform 900-1150 in the School of History. 


  • PhD
  • PGCE English and Drama in Education
  • BA Theatre Studies and Dramatic Art