I am an Assistant Academic Registrar with responsibility for leading the University's Student Governance team. Assistant Academic Registrars ensure consistency with academic and governance policy, processes and the procedural framework that underpins the management of the student’s relationship with their academic programmes and contract. Assistant Academic Registrars also support the Registrar and Academic Registrar and work in partnership with the Faculties and Professional Services to deliver service excellence and safeguard the quality and standards of University awards.
Within Student Governance, the team manage processes around academic appeals, complaints, student behaviour and discipline, student criminal convictions, Fitness to Practise and Fitness to Study.
My academic background is in interdisciplinary cultural studies, particularly the study of popular music and popular culture. From 2001 to 2013, I led the University's BA Popular Music Studies programme.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Member of the Association of University Administrators.
I am chair of the trustees of Writing on the Wall, a registered charity and limited company. Writing on the Wall is a dynamic, Liverpool-based community organisation that coordinates projects and events that celebrate writing in all its forms. Writing on the Wall is part of Arts Council England's National Portfolio of regularly funded organisations.
In recent years, I have developed a research interest in visual representations of conflict in Northern Ireland. In 2015, I published a photographic monograph entitled "The Writing on the Wall: A Visual History of Northern Ireland's Troubles" (Bluecoat Press). Ongoing work in this area is publicised on https://twitter.com/IREmurals
After a period of research, I am currently finishing a book entitled "Positive Vibrations: The Politics of Reggae" for Reaktion Books, to be published in Spring 2022.
1999, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
1997, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, PhD
1992, Liverpool Polytechnic (CNAA), UK, BA (hons) Media and Cultural Studies
External Examiner, Media Studies, University of Lincoln, 2019 - present
Faculty Registrar, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - present
External Examiner, University of Huddersfield, 2011 - 2015
External Examiner, University of Derby, 2004 - 2009
External Examiner, Warrington Collegiate, 1999 - 2004
Borthwick S. 2022. Positive Vibrations Politics, Politricks and the Story of Reggae Reaktion Books 9781789145694
Borthwick S. 2022. Positive Vibrations Politics, Politricks and the Story of Reggae Reaktion Books 9781789145700
Borthwick S, Moy R. 2020. Popular Music Genres An Introduction Routledge 9781136733802
Borthwick BS. 2020. Popular Music Genres An Introduction Edinburgh University Press 9781474428767
Borthwick S, Moy R. 2004. Popular Music Genres Edinburgh University Press 9780748617456
Borthwick S, Moy R. 2004. Popular Music Genres 9780748617456
Borthwick S. 2010. The Writing on the Wall: Murals in Belfast 2008-10
Borthwick S. 2008. Review of Nayak, Anoop & Mary Jane Kehily "Gender, Youth and Culture: Young Masculinities and Femininities." (Palgrave McMillian) Hollingshead A. Particip@tions: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 5 Author Url Publisher Url
Borthwick S. The Writing on the Wall: Murals in Belfast 2008-10
Borthwick S. Milltown Cemetery
Borthwick S. The Amazing History of Irish Music Publisher Url
Borthwick S. DJ performances, Lake of Stars festival, Malawi
Borthwick S. Public lecture: "What do we really know about Robert Tressell"
Board of Trustees and Company Director, Africa Oyé, Trustee and Company Director, http://www.africaoye.com/. 2014
Board of Trustees, Writing on the Wall, Chair of Board of Trustees, http://www.writingonthewall.org.uk/. 2004
Board of Trustees, Writing on the Wall, Chair.
Membership of professional bodies:
Member, Association of University Administrators. 2013
Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2004
External PGR examinations performed:
University of Huddersfield, PhD. 2013
University of Sunderland, PhD. 2007
Liverpool City Council, City bid to be UNESCO City of Music, http://liverpoolcityofmusic.com/faq.html. 2010
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 1997
http://bbctalkback/, Appearance on Talkback, BBC Radio Ulster, to discuss the murals of Northern Ireland..
http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_08/Beatles-first-single-50th-anniversary/, The Voice of Russia radio interview, 8 October 2012.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/content/articles/2006/11/17/thepool_playlist_feature.shtml, Appearance on Radio Merseyside.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2012/39/deborah-bulls-dance-nation.html, Appearance on "Deborah Bull's Dance Nation", Radio 4, October 2012..