MemberJames Gritton

…MLitt, Viking Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands, 2018
Certificate, Digital Photography, Open University, 2017
MEdRes, Educational Research, University of Greenwich, 2015
MSc, e-Learning, University of Edinburgh, 2011
MBA, Management, University of Reading, 2002
MA, Applied Social Studies, Brunel University, 1978
PGDip, Social Administration, LSE, 1976
BA (Hons), German, UCNW Bangor, 1975…

Until December 2015, I was Deputy Head of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling at the University of Greenwich but taught leadership and management in health and social care. Prior to that I taught at the Open University Business School, co-directed a leadership development consultancy, and before that was a senior manager in the National Probation Service. I have now taken early retirement in order to pursue a range of research interests and studies, including an MLitt in Viking Studies and an EdD. Academically, I am an eclectic with interests that span both social sciences and the humanities.

MemberHelen King

Current post: Professor Emerita, Classical Studies, The Open University Visiting Professorships and funded leave 2017-18 Rydell Visiting Professor, Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter MN  October 2016: Dean’s Distinguished Women’s Lecturer, Notre Dame, IN 2008-15 Honorary Visiting Professor, Peninsula Medical School Summer semester 2014: Käthe Leichter Visiting Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Vienna October 2008: delivered the Crake Lectures, Mount Allison University, Sackville NB, Canada April 2005 Visiting Professor, Dept of Classics, University of Texas, Austin (4 meetings of graduate class in ancient medicine and 1 seminar) Sept-Dec 2005 AHRC Research Leave Award March 2002 Landsdowne Visiting Lecturer, University of Victoria, British Columbia (3 lectures and 1 seminar) Feb-June 2001 Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies Jan-June 1995 British Academy Research Leave Award  Previous posts 2011-17 Professor of Classical Studies, The Open University 2004-11 Professor of the History of Classical Medicine, Department of Classics, University of Reading  1996-2004 Reader in the History of Classical Medicine, Reading, Department of Classics (formerly in departments of Classics and History); initially funded by five-year Wellcome Trust University Award

MemberSuzanne Newcombe

…The Open University…

I joined the Open University as a Lecturer in late 2016 and have helped with the production of A227: Exploring Religion, chaired A332: Why is Religion Controversial? and am writing course materials for A111: Discovering the Arts and Humanities. I also have extensive experience in Sociology of Religion specializing in new and minority religious movements in contemporary Britain. I have a specialty in movements originating in, or inspired by South Asian religious beliefs and the overlaps between religious beliefs and health care practices. I also have a long-term interest in millenarianism and apocalyptic groups and conducted in-depth research at Inform concerning millennial expectations of 2012.

MemberElton Barker

I’m a Reader in Classical Studies, having joined The Open University as a Lecturer in July 2009. Before then, I had been a Tutor and Lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford (2004-9), and also lectured at Bristol, Nottingham and Reading. I came to Classical Studies late – my “A” levels were in English, Geography and Mathematics. I studied Classical Civilisation at the University of Leeds, and went on to do a Masters in Greek Civilisation there, and then, in order to learn the languages, a further Masters in Greek and Latin at Ohio State University in the USA. For my PhD, I studied in Cambridge (Pembroke College), where I investigated representations of verbal contest – or agon – in different ancient Greek genres, under the supervision of Simon Goldhill and Paul Cartledge. I have been a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge (2002-4) and a Visiting Fellow at Venice International University (2003-4). From 2012-2013 I had a Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for research at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Leipzig. I have been awarded a Graduate Teaching Award from Pembroke College (Cambridge) and twice won awards from the University of Oxford for an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching.

MemberAdam Parker

…BA(hons) Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Leicester (2009)MA Rome & Its Neighbours, University of Leicester (2010)PhD Classical Studies, Open University (Current)…

Professionally I work as the Assistant Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum, responsible for the curation, interpretation, documentation and advocacy of a designated archaeology collection relating to York city and North Yorkshire. The collection ranges from the Middle Palaeolithic to the early Post-Medieval periods, with particular focus on the Roman, Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval periods of York’s history. I am additionally responsible for the training of volunteers in object handling, supervision of several post-graduate students and for the planning, managing and writing-up of small scale archaeological excavations.In an academic capacity I am currently undertaking PhD research with the Open University collating the evidence for and questioning the function of magic in Roman Britain. The project aims to look at the disparate evidence for magic in terms of its contextual significance, including: phallic imagery, inscribed and portable amulets, Jet and Amber objects, lamellae, figurines etc.

MemberAngelo Pinto, PhD

…Ph.D. Course: Musicology
The Open University – Milton Keynes (UK)
Dissertation title: The Symphony as a Novel: Mahler’s Tenth. Supervisors. Robert Samuels and Ben Winters
BA-MA Musicology
Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna – Bologna (I)
Dissertation title: ‘Aspetti formali della tradizione tonale nel Kammerkonzert di Gyorgy Ligeti e in Quadrivium di Bruno Maderna’ (‘Formal Aspects of Tonal Tradition in Kammerkonzert by Gyorgy Ligeti and Quadrivium by Bruno Maderna’). Supervisors: Mario Baroni, Giuseppina La Face-Bianconi.

Angelo Pinto is a musicologist who graduated at the Alma Mater Studiorum at the University of Bologna and Ph.D. at The Open University, Milton Keynes (UK) with a dissertation titled ‘The Symphony as a Novel: Mahler’s Tenth’. He has been a DAAD fellow at the University of Tübingen, has published articles in academic journals, and been invited to conferences in UK, Italy, the USA, and Ireland. His research interests include the music of Gustav Mahler, modernism in music; music and literature, and music of the late twentieth century, investigating all of these fields through the perspectives of the creative process, authorialism, and musical analysis. His current post-doc research project is titled Beyond-Music.Unfinishedness and Work-in-Progress in Musical Modernism. Three Cases: Scriabin, Ives, Schönberg and focused on unfinishedness as an aesthetic category in musical modernism.

MemberAndrea Smith

Andrea is researching the plays of Shakespeare on BBC Radio. She intends to complete this project in the BBC’s centenary year, 2022, having listened to as many extant recordings as possible; thought to be around 150. Her project is not just a history of these broadcasts, but examines the ways these adaptations transform a play text intended for the stage into radio. Prior to joining the UEA, Andrea had worked as a journalist and radio producer for many years, interrogating evidence from a very different perspective. Having left education at 18, she studied for her BA and MA with the Open University while working full time, receiving a Distinction for her Masters in 2019. She currently teaches Professional Writing Research and Practice at the University of Suffolk. Andrea is a CHASE DTP scholar. She is being supervised by Professor Matthew Woodcock and Professor Richard J. Hand.

MemberJack Newman


2012-2015 BA in History (First Class Honours). Subject of thesis: ‘Evolution not Revolution’: Towards an evolutionary approach to warfare in the British Isles in the First Scottish War of Independence. Awarded 68 (2:1). Nominated for Royal Historical Society History Scotland Award.

The Open University
2011-2012 AA100 – The Arts Past and Present – Awarded 80 (Distinction)….

I am a CHASE funded doctoral candidate based at the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS). I began my studies at the Open University before completing a BA in History at the University of Kent. Subsequently I completed an MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS). In 2016 I was granted a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate with MEMS. As part of my CHASE studentship I completed a two-month funded placement at the National Archives. For my next project, also funded by CHASE, I will spend four months with ‘Up on the Downs’, a landscape-based Heritage Lottery Funded project based in the Dover District Area. From September 2019 I will be a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research after receiving the Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellowship.