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Donna Bevan

Donna Bevan

Course Leader

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

023 8201 3426 ext. 3426 Room no. JM207


Donna is the course leader for BA (Hons) Journalism and is also a senior lecturer. She contributes to a range of courses delivering fashion and cultural theory at BA and MA level. Donna has experience in both theory and practice and offers her extensive knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach in both her own research practice and in her teaching. She presents her work at a national and international level. She is also on the steering group and organiser of the Global Beauty conferences held annually in Oxford for

Donna Has experience of course/curriculum development and validation at a national level and has external examiner experience in the UK. She has lectured at many academic institutions including London College Fashion, Southampton University and Portsmouth University.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Donna has extensive experience of work within the fashion industry. This section contains more information about Donna’s work history and any advantageous industry links she maintains.
    Donna has worked in the fashion industry as a collaborator on fashion collections and catwalk shows. She has exhibited work in national exhibitions and has had her work published in leading fashion magazines. She has also been employed as an advisor to the fashion and beauty industry including a Unilever, 'Be Beauty' campaign and copy writer for Chalk PR. More recently Donna has featured as fashion expert for the BBC for both TV and radio.
  2. Recent publications

    Find out more about Donna’s recent publications. Publications can include articles in academic journals; book chapters or full books; creative projects; conference participation and multimedia works.

    Global Beauty 5 Conference, organiser, - September 2015.

    Global beauty and Fashion 2013, steering committee, - on-going.

    'Fashion Tales 2015, Moda Cult Milan You Don’t Mean A Thing if You Ain’t Got No Bling' - June 2015.

    Global Beauty 4 Conference, Oxford University, Interdisciplinary network, 2014 - 'Beauty on The Move, Mobile Women and the Portable Dressing table', September 2014.

    Home Front Women War and Conflict, Worchester University, WHN 2014 Paper - 'Beauty on The Move – Mobile Women and the Portable Dressing table' - September 2014.

    'SEVEN magazine', steering group & creative director - 2014 – current.

    Global Beauty 3 Conference, Oxford University, Interdisciplinary network - 'Bejewelled Bodies, Jewelleries Box Of Delights' - 2013.

    'CHAPTER magazine', creative director and co-founder - 2012 – 2015.

    RCA Fashion Cities conference 2012, 'The hair salon and the fashion city' - 2012.

    'Fashion Tales 2012, Moda Cult, Milan - Bejewelled Bodies, material memory inheritance of the jewellery object' - 2012.

    Hair exhibition, fashion Space LCF, London 2011 and publication - 2011 - Relic Of Ritual - 2011.

    3rd Global Fashion Conference, Interdisciplinary network, Oxford University 2011 - Barnet’s In Basingstoke.

    V&A Victoria and Albert Museum Oral History Society Conference - July 2010 - Media Lab presentation of Barnet’s in Basingstoke - 2010.

    5th Character, online magazine, editor.

    BBC Radio Scotland, fashion advisor - 2010 - current.

    Style On Trial, advisor to Andrew Barton, Hair History 2010.

    Chalk PR, hair copy writer – 2009.

    Sage Publishers, text book reviewer – 2009 – current.

    Unilever – Sunsilk team – Hair Be Beauty Project - 2009

  3. Research interests

    Donna has taken part in a range of research projects throughout her academic career, working in areas that include the sensory experiences of fashion, jewellery and accessories. Follow the link below to find out more.

    Donna studied design history and material culture and her interest is in the object of fashion; her research surrounds the relationship between fashion and the body; the sensory experiences of fashion and our relationship to the fashion object. She has focused more recently on the accessorising of the body; hair, jewellery and make up, as well as material memories senses and production and consumption of fashion.  

    Her current research development for MPhil PhD is examining our emotional relationship to jewellery and how this can be explored through affect and digital technology in the display of jewellery within the museum and gallery space; and the craft skills and relationship between maker and wearer.

    Within the University Donna is a member of the fashion cluster research group, and also heads the performing fashion research group.

    Donna is currently contributing to a cultural history of hair Bloomsbury publication through her research into hair jewellery and is developing her research through to MPhil PhD while she continues to contribute to conferences and publications both nationally and internationally.

  4. Awards

    Over the course of their career, Donna has received significant recognition for their work in the industry. Follow the link below to find out more.
    • RSA - Medals Section 1987 - Highly commended.
    • Central School of Art Scholarship 1986 - Highly commended.
    • Princes Trust Business Award - 1990 Bursary.
    • Enterprise Agency – New Business Awards - 1990 Highly commended.