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Dr Kathryn Woods

Director of Student Experience for the Faculty of Arts (Lifecycle and Progression)
Room H304, Humanities Building
Internal Extension: 23974
About Me

As the Director of Student Experience for the Arts Faculty, I develop strategy and cordinate projects to support the student lifecycle. I look at ways of supporting all aspects of the student experience from application, to after graduation. I also look at ways we can enhance the student experience through personal tutoring, welcome week, and digital technology, and by promoting interdisciplinarity, student-led research, and widening participation. I am a member of Arts Faculty Education Commitee, the Arts Faculty Wider Participation Working Group, the Mitigating Circumstances and Reasonable Adjustments Review of Assessment Group, and the Welcome Week Steering Committee. I am also a fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA).



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.

Research Roles
Book Reviews
Selection of Invited Talks and Conference Papers
  • 'Physiognomy and Early Modern Medical Diagnosis' (University of Warwick, 'Reading the Body', 7th June 2018).
  • ‘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’, 30th November – 1st December 2017).
  • ‘The Problem of the Poor and Ugly Body in Eighteenth-Century Medical Space’, (University of University of Malta Valleta, ‘Beauty and the Hospital in History’, 6-8th April, 2017).
  • ‘Sweat and Toil: Skin, Pores and the Labouring Body in the Long Eighteenth-Century’ (University of Reading, Early Modern Research Seminar, 20th February 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, 4-8th January 2017).
  • ‘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, 10th December 2016).
  • ‘No Scots! No Scots! How to Spot a Scot in Eighteenth-Century London’ (University of York, ‘First Impressions’,10th November 2016).
  • ‘No Carrots! No Carrots!: Hair Colour, Humoral Medicine and Social Difference in Early Modern Britain’ (University of Warwick, History of Medicine Seminar Series, 1st November 2016).
  • ‘The Perceived ‘Ugliness’ of the Poor in Eighteenth-Century London’ (University of Warwick, ‘Aesthetics of Poverty’, 30th June 2016).
  • ‘A “Fair” Nation: Skin Colour and British National Identity 1650-1750’ (University of Birmingham, ‘Green Britain: Nationhood and the Environment 1500-1700’, 25th June 2016).
  • ‘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’, 11th September 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’, 2-4th June 2015).
Prizes and Awards
  • Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History (University of Edinburgh, 2013).
  • 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).
Public Engagement
  • Consultant with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for the exhibition ‘The Life and Times of John Hall 1500-1635’, 2016/17.
  • Expert consultant, Warwick Business School Dementia Health Care Challenge (University of Warwick, April 2016).
  • Volunteer Communicator, Edinburgh Assembly Rooms Heritage Project (2011 – 2013).

Kathryn Woods