Skip to main content
Solent Unviersity Southampton logo
Solent Unviersity Southampton logo

Donna Bevan

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

Donna Bevan


Donna Louise Bevan is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism and is a senior academic. She contributes to a range of courses delivering creative styling, design history and cultural theory at BA and MA level.

Donna has experience in both theory and practice and offers her extensive knowledge through a interdisciplinary approach in both her own research practice and in her teaching.

She presents her work at a national and international level. She has also been on the steering group and organizer of the Global Beauty conferences held annually in Oxford for

She is currently working on a book and exhibition follow up (touring) for the co-curated exhibition, Beehives, Bobs and Blowdries (BBB) 2018, for which she was lead on content research and design advisor. BBB was shortlisted for a national award and received international reviews and praise.

Donna has experience of course/curriculum development and validation at a national level for both undergraduate and postgraduate and has worked as validation advisor for Bournemouth University.

She has external examiner experience internationally, including Epsom and Pearl Academy India, and has lectured at many academic institutions including London College Fashion, Southampton University and Portsmouth University.

She regularly works for the BBC for Radio and has been advisor for TV – including Woman’s Hour BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Sheffield.


Further information

Donna studied jewellery design at undergraduate level, and Design History and Material culture and Digital Media at postgraduate. Her approach has always been interdisciplinary bringing together theory and practice in her own work and through her teaching experience on a range of undergrad and post grad courses.

Her research surrounds the relationship between place/design/object fashion and the body. The sensory experiences of design and our relationship to the object. She is currently working on two projects related to this area.

Donna most recently collaborative project was the exhibition ‘Beehives Bobs and Blow-dries', which explored the world of hairdressing in the post war period. She was author of the exhibition story and co-curated the exhibition design and content. Using a range of archives and interviews with hairdressers she was able to examine the changes in technology, craft techniques and the impact of subcultures on the mainstream hair salon. She is currently working on a book to accompany the exhibition as it tours.

Donna is a fashion advisor to the BBC and film industry - including regular slots on Radio Scotland and Sheffield and has worked for many industry clients She also speaks at many academic conferences both nationally and internationally.

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Do you have a passion for interiors and the spaces we live in? This professionally accredited interior design programme blends aesthetics and technology, asking students to use...

BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration

With award winning graduates, and a teaching team of expert industry professionals, this industry-focused, creative degree will help provide you with the design skills and...

BA (Hons) Make-Up and Hair Design

Superb connections, amazing facilities, and the opportunity to work alongside students of Photography, TV, Film, and SFX make Solent’s course a first choice: the gateway to careers across the world.

MA Make-up and Hair Design Futures

Explore the rapidly evolving field of designing for future bodies, beauty cultures and creature design using speculative design strategies and augmented realities on this...