I am Faculty Registrar within the Faculty of Science. This is a senior academic role that focuses on ensuring consistency in the application of regulation and policy. This includes the provision of advice and guidance on regulation, policy, process and procedure. Within the Academic Registry and faculty, I also take a lead on the promotion of equality and diversity.
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 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.
I am trustee of Africa Oyé, a registered charity and limited company dedicated to the promotion of music from the African diaspora in the UK. Africa Oyé organise an annual two-day festival each year, which is the largest celebration of African music in the UK. Africa Oyé is part of Arts Council England's National Portfolio of regularly funded organisations.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Member of the Association of University Administrators.
In recent years, I have developed a research interest in visual representations of 'the Troubles' of Northern Ireland. "The Writing on the Wall: A Visual History of Northern Ireland's Troubles" was published in October 2015 by Bluecoat Press, a specialist photographic publisher. My ongoing work in this area is publicised on https://twitter.com/IREmurals
I am currently writing a book entitled "Positive Vibrations: The Politics of Reggae" for Reaktion Books.
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
Borthwick S. 2010. The Writing on the Wall: Murals in Belfast 2008-10
Borthwick S, Moy R. Popular Music Genres Edinburgh University Press 9780748617456
Borthwick S. 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. 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"
Engagement & Impact
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..