Dr Kathryn Woods

Staff details

Position Dean of Students, Visiting Research Fellow
Department History
Email K.Woods (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Kathryn Woods

I am a visiting fellow in the History department at Goldsmiths as well as Dean of Students and member of Goldsmiths Executive. I was previously Director of Student Experience for the Arts Faculty (2017-2020) and a Teaching Fellow in the History of Medicine (2015-2017) at the University of Warwick. I was awarded a PhD in History by the University of Edinburgh in 2015.

I am a member of the UK Advising and Tutoring Association and currently act as Chair to the research committee. I was Director of the Digital Arts Lab at the University of Warwick from 2018 to 2020. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and hold a Postgraduate Award in Technology Enhanced Learning. I was Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy from 2017 to 2020.

I received the Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History from the University of Edinburgh in 2013.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in History, University of Edinburgh. ‘Dismembering Appearances: The Cultural Meaning of the Body and its Parts in 18th Century Understanding.' 2014
  • Economic and Social History MSc by Research, University of Edinburgh. 2010
  • MA (Honours) First Class in History, University of Edinburgh. 2009

Research interests

My research examines the history of physical appearance, the body, popular medicine, and embodied identity in Britain 1650-1800. I have broader research and teaching expertise in British medicine from 1600-2000. I am currently working on a new project which explores health and the student experience in Britain 1950-present.

Alongside my historical research, I am an active educational researcher with a particular interest in personal tutoring and student co-creation.

Further profile content

Professional projects

I am currently leading a review of personal tutoring at Goldsmiths.

Led the student co-created history research project and exhibition 'Then and Now: Arts @ Warwick' (2019-2021). https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/applyingtostudy/currentstudents/thenandnow/

Co-led Preparing Pre-Arrival Students for the Warwick Student Experience project (2019-20). https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/academy/funding/2016-17fundedprojects/preparingprearrivalstudents/

Consultant for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for the exhibition ‘Method in the Madness: Understanding Ourselves Then and Now'. Medicine in The Life and Times of John Hall 1500-1635’ (2016/17). http://collections.shakespeare.org.uk/exhibition/exhibition/method-in-the-madness

I have published book reviews in the Journal for British Studies and Reviews in History.

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

  • Chair of Student Access, Participation and Outcomes Sub-Committee
  • Lead for Goldsmiths Personal Tutor Review
  • Lead of Goldsmiths Senior Tutor Network
  • Lead for Goldsmiths Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Retention and Attainment Working Groups

Media engagements

2019: Contributor to BBC2 History Series A House Through Time

2019: Back to the Future: How Studying History Helps Medical Science
Public engagement event held at the School of Life Sciecnes, University of Warwick

'Method in the Madness: Understanding Ourselves Then and Now'. Medicine in The Life and Times of John Hall 1500 - 1635
Consultant with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for teh above oline exhibition, 2016/17

2016: Expert consultant, Warwick Business School Dementia Health Care Challenge
University of Warwick

Edinburgh Assembly Rooms Heritage Project
Volunteer Communicator, 2011 - 3013

Conferences and talks

2019: Putting the Tutoring Back into Personal Tutoring: The Changing Identity of Personal Tutoring in the Faculty of Arts’
Warwick University Education Conference

2019: Nakedness and Physical Beauty in the Enlightenment
Wellcome Collection, 'Pretty Ugly: Early Modern Beauty'

2018: Physiognomy and Early Modern Medical Diagnosis
University of Warwick, 'Reading the Body'

2017: An Excrement or Anatomical Part? The Emergence of Conceptions of Hair as a Porous Structure in Early Modern Anatomy
Kings College London, ‘The Porous Body in Early Modern Europe’

2017: The Problem of the Poor and Ugly Body in Eighteenth-Century Medical Space
University of Malta Valleta, ‘Beauty and the Hospital in History’

2017: Sweat and Toil: Skin, Pores and the Labouring Body in the Long Eighteenth-Century
University of Reading, Early Modern Research Seminar

2017: Every Face a New Friend? Facial Appearance, Fakery and the Fickleness of Female Friendship in Eighteenth-Century London
University of Oxford, ‘Friends, Allies and Enemies’, British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Annual Conference

2016: Astrological Understandings of the Body in Early Modern Britain
Museum for the History of Science, Oxford, The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science

2016: No Scots! No Scots! How to Spot a Scot in Eighteenth-Century London
University of York, ‘First Impressions’

2016: No Carrots! No Carrots!: Hair Colour, Humoral Medicine and Social Difference in Early Modern Britain
University of Warwick, History of Medicine Seminar Series

2016: The Perceived ‘Ugliness’ of the Poor in Eighteenth-Century London
University of Warwick, ‘Aesthetics of Poverty’

2016: A “Fair” Nation: Skin Colour and British National Identity 1650-1750
University of Birmingham, ‘Green Britain: Nationhood and the Environment 1500-1700

2015: Discursive Dismemberment: The Application of Anatomical Method to Discursive Analysis of the Body in Early Modern Medical Texts
University of Glasgow, ‘Dissecting the Page: Medical Paratexts’

2015: “Facing” Identity in a “Faceless” Society: Physiognomy, Facial Appearance and Character in Britain 1650-1780
University of Melbourne, ‘Reading the Face: Image, Text and Emotion

Grants and awards

2019: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2019: Postgraduate Award in Technology Enhanced Learning

2013: Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History
University of Edinburgh

Teaching Award Nomination for ‘Postgraduates Who Tutor’
Edinburgh University Student Association, 2012/13

Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award, 2010 - 2013

Davidson Bursary of the Arts
University of Edinburgh, 2006 & 2007

Professional Affiliations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy
Member of the United Kingdom Academic Tutoring Association