Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Ms Susan Daniels

Fellow in Arts and Cultural Education


MA, CSLS, PGCE, BA (Hons) History & Politics

Retired 31 July 2016 after15yrs in schools, 14yrs at BrettonHall College and 15 years at the university of Leeds

i retain interest in cultural and arts and global education, and links to the DARE PARTNERSHIP  and to the research network. Stagingchina.leeds.ac.uk

i am active on social media and my university email s.m.daniels@leeds.ac.uk remains


A teaching career in schools in England and Nigeria (1972-87)was followed by one in teacher education at Bretton Hall,(1987-2001) where she became Head of Education.  In 2001 she moved to the University of Leeds where she was Head of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries for seven years.  She has expertise in HEI collaborations with external institutions, and iwas a member of the public liaison committee of the National Coal Mining Museum England.  She was proactive in DARE, the partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North, since its inception, and iwas the University lead for the Pettman-Dare International Performance Scholar programme.  Her other major interest was in transnational and collaborative education. She coordinated  degree study for the University of Leeds in Israel, Palestine, and Eire.  She led OPENCOV, a two year, European funded cultural co-operation project between four University Schools, Opera North, the Bregnzer Festspiele Austria, Sibelius Academy Finland, and the Shanghai Theatre Academy.  She is co-leader of the AHRC supported   international research network Staging China and is engaged in the development of a Digital Library of Chinese Theatre and the 2016 celebrations of playwrights Tang and Shakespeare.  She was awarded a University of Leeds student education fellowship and projects included the development of embedded industry placements for BA and MA students, and the international  experience for students at Leeds.


Research Interests

• The interaction of HEIs and cultural organisations
• The international/global HEI and collaborative/trans-national education
• Theatre in,  and  as,  social context; theatre  as ‘soft power’ with particular reference to China.


Final years teaching focused on

Individual Industry Study (module leader)
Individual Research Project
Year in Industry (module leader)
Study Abroad (module leader)

Creative Work (module leader)
Research Projects

Research Projects & Grants


2013 – 15     LBAS (AHRC)  with Professor Li  award for Staging China network & development of Digital Library of Chinese Theatre

2012 -14     AHRC (Co-I) award with Professor Li for Staging China  network (in the Translating Cultures theme)
2011 -13     HEIF awards  with Professor Li  for Cao Yu International Theatre Project
2011           WUN Research Iniative Fund award with Dr Li for Staging China Project
2011           Arts Innovation Fund award  with Dr Treherne (Arts) DARE Research

2014-2016 Co-leader of Shakespeare-Tang Project
2008-10 Project Leader for  OPENCOV (Operatic Encounters; Common Voices) a
European Cultural Cooperation project with four Schools of the UoL, Opera
North, Bregenzer Festspiele Austria, Sibelius Academy Finland, Shanghai
Theatre Academy China
2009-11 HEIF award Documenting DARE
2009      HEIF award Open the Campus  for  Faculty
2008       HEIF award  Open the Campus for  Schools of PCI and Music

Research Centres & Groups

Staging China.  Stagingchina.leeds.ac.uk








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