Dr Susan May
Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Design
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Sue May’s early career as a linguistic secretary and PA changed direction following the birth of her children and a Masters course in the History of Art and Design. Her MA dissertation on the trecento Chapterhouse frescoes of Santa Maria Novella, Florence paved the way for doctoral study. Her PhD thesis on the Piccolomini Library, Siena was supervised by the late Prof George T Noszlopy, alumnus of Eötvös Lóránd University (Budapest), Courtauld Institute of Art (London) and University of Birmingham.
Prior to her present position, Sue taught history of art and design and contextual studies for the Workers’ Educational Association, the Open University, University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University, covering research methods, introduction to western art and architecture, British and French visual culture 1800-1920, and the Italian and northern European renaissance.
Based at Birmingham School of Art, Sue supervises at MPhil and PhD level and teaches into the MA and BA programmes, also leading aHEAD, a History and Education in Art and Design research cluster.