Matthew joined Anglia Ruskin University as Deputy Dean for Research and Innovation, Employability and Partnerships in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences in May 2018. He has responsibility for the development of research and of third stream activity across a rich range of subjects spanning performing and creative arts, humanities and social sciences.
Matthew previously taught at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and at Newman University, Birmingham where he was Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts, Society and Professional Studies. His background is in English Literature and his research focuses on renaissance travel literature and the history of the book. Matthew serves on the editorial board of Publishing History and is a steering group member of the Centre for Print History and Culture.
Matthew has held research fellowships at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Folger Shakespeare Library Washington, and is member of Lincoln Cathedral Library’s Advisory Committee. He has acted as a peer-reviewer for the Canadian and Swiss Research Councils.
In addition to teaching and research interests Matthew is committed to developing enterprise and employability and has established a number of partnerships between arts organisations and the universities he has worked for including those with The Wordsworth Trust, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Midlands Arts Centre. At Newman, Matthew led the university’s involvement in the LEP-funded Higher Skills project that was run in collaboration with Aston and Birmingham City universities.