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  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20132019

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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Harriet Purkis is Lecturer in event and leisure management in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. She teaches on the undergraduate programmes and supervises MSc students. She is currently the ERASMUS coordinator for the Department. Harriet is a graduate of the University of Leicester where she completed a B.A. (Hons) in Economics and Economic History, and an M.A. in Museum Studies. She holds an M.A. in Tourism Management and a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development for Researchers from Ulster University. She received her PhD from Ulster University with a Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship. This research demonstrated how museums can develop their role in collecting and displaying present day everyday life. Harriet is an Associate of the Museums Association and the Higher Education Academy. She is a former Chair of the Social History Curators Group. Her main research interests are in museum and leisure management, with a focus on socially engaged events, exhibitions and leisure services. Her research has a participatory methodology and a practical element of exhibition presentation. She has published in books and journals. Harriet has worked extensively as a manager in museums, art centres and on festivals and events, in both local authorities and the private sector. She continues her practice as an exhibition curator, making exhibitions about people’s everyday lives and interpreting visual art through hands-on exhibits. Previous work has included the textile gallery, ‘Fibres, Fabrics and Fashion’ at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester; ‘Local People’ and ‘Contemporary Art for Children’ at The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, and ‘Portrait of a City’ Community exhibitions and events for Derry/ Londonderry UK City of Culture.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Ulster University Doctoral College

Award Date: 18 Dec 2013

Master

Master, University of Leicester

Bachelor, University of Leicester

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Research Output

  • Active apps: the use of Flipboard as a digital engagement tool in active and flexible learning environments

    Carruthers, C., McQuillan, N., Wightman, C., Bolan, P., McIlveen-Farley, H., Kearney, M., McMahon-Beattie, U. & Purkis, H., 2018, Association of Learning Technologists (ALT) Annual Conference, 11th-13th September, Manchester. .

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Active apps: using content curation apps to facilitate active engagement in flexible learning environments

    Carruthers, C., McQuillan, N., Wightman, C., Bolan, P., McIlveen-Farley, H., Kearney, M., McMahon-Beattie, U. & Purkis, H., 2018, Chartered Association Of Business Schools Annual Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience Conference, 23rd-25th April, Glasgow. .

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • How to Make a Difference in Visitor Attractions: Hands-on Interactive activities for family visitors in museums and galleries

    Purkis, H., 26 Apr 2018, (Accepted/In press) 20th International Hospitality and Tourism Research Conference HTMi website.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Prizes

    An Exhibition: Our Food. Cooking and recipes of Ulster. Then and Now.

    Burns, Amy (Recipient), Furey, Sinead (Recipient), Surgenor, Dawn (Recipient), Purkis, Harriet (Recipient) & Carruthers, Clare (Recipient), 20 Jan 2019

    Prize: Honorary award