I am Assistant Academic Registrar with responsibility for leading the university's student governance team. The team manage processes around academic appeals, complaints, student behaviour and discipline, students with criminal convictions, fitness to practise procedures and fitness to study assessments.
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.
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.
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
In spring 2022, Reaktion Books published my monograph "Positive Vibrations: Politics, Politricks and the Story of Reggae".
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 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