Dr Bess's Tutoring Profile

Academic writing specialist with a proven track record in supporting essays and disserations in the humanities and the arts, PhD from UWE Bristol and Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

Dr Bess
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  • Attended:
  • Higher Education Academy
  • University of the West of England
  • London Metropolitan University

I hold extensive experience in teaching academic writing and research at BA, MA and PhD level, successfully supporting students at Sotheby's MA Art Theory and Business of the Arts, UAL, RCA, Goldsmiths BA Media Studies, SOAS Curatorial Museum Studies, University of Nottingham and Bristol University BA Art History.

I support students in developing critical, analytical thinking and ways to structure ideas which the higher-order and complex thinking that academic research and writing demand. Working internationally, I practice a deep understanding of the challenges that a student with English as a second language face in studying in the UK.

Students tell me that: "I am hopeful you will be around to help with tutoring (what you are so good at)!

" I just wanted to let you know that I got my results back for the thesis and I got a 1st! (78.5%!) I could not have done it without you, and I am so grateful."

"I remember and benefit from Bess's inspiring, encouraging and empowering approach. She just gave me that extra nudge to go for the goals that I want to achieve and to have the courage to "cross the Rubicon."

Professional feedback states that: "Bess has proved she is a flexible and responsive teacher. She looks carefully at the needs of the student and responds accordingly, devising and structuring schemes of work and lesson plans which meet the differentiated needs of the learners. Bess also uses enjoyable and relevant topics which motivate the learners and help them access the experience in a fun and stimulating way.


20 years of teaching academic wrting, study and research skills at HND, Access, BA, and MA level in the UK at UAL and internationally. I develop modules for HE on Learning how to Learn and in Study and Research Skills.

I provide student learning, support, and guidance on the following:

1)Academic Writing

2)Thesis and Dissertation Support

3) Time and Project Management

4) Research skills within the Arts


  • Ph.D An Honourable Practise: The Fine Art Print as a Strategy for Social Engagement - University of West England Bristol 2015
  • Theory of Knowledge Oxford Continuing Education 2019
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy 2018
  • MA Typographic Design UAL London College of Communication 2001
  • MFA Visual Journalism through Narrative School of Visual Arts 1992
  • BFA Design and East Asian Studies (cum laude) University of Kansas 1989

Awards & Achievements

    *24 scholarships and research grants in visual arts and humanities studies including: *2016 and 2019 and ongoing: Impact Printmaking Conference Peer Review Panel, UWE Bristol, UK *2016 Tesco Bags for Change for Arts in the Community, UK *SEANSE Cultural Production Teaching Award, Norway *2013 Hanaholmen Artist Award, Swedish Cultural Centre, Government of Sweden, Helsinki, Finland *2010 Awards for the Arts, The British Arts Council for Littoral Group Show *2009 Winner of Brent's Wall of Resistance community art project awarded by the Mayor of Brent and Chair of BHMD planning committee. *2008 Awards for the Arts, The British Arts Council, for Puzzle Project *KU University Scholar and The Sweden/America Foundation Scholarship