About Us

About the Student Committee:

The CHASE Student Committee for Action and Communication communicates the views and concerns of CHASE funded students to the CHASE Management Board and Strategy Board as well as developing action points where appropriate to help improve how CHASE works for its students.

Committee Members:

Ellis Spicer, University of Kent

I’m Ellis and I’m the Chair of the CHASE Student Committee. I first joined the committee in September 2017 where I held the role of Secretary, and have been Chair since August 2018 where I preside over meetings and help set the agendas, and pass on feedback to the CHASE Management Board and Training and Development Group so we can ensure that student issues are represented.

I’m in the third year of my PhD, with my thesis examining Holocaust survivor organisations in the U.K. in the postwar period. My hobbies include cooking and a supreme amount of leisurely reading while desperately trying to become fluent in Spanish.

Stuart Falconer, Open University

My name is Stuart, I am the CHASE Student Representative for the Open University. I am a second year PhD student in Archaeology and Classical Civilisation. I am working on enhancing current understanding of the South West peninsula of Britain during the Roman period, specifically that of the Dumnonii tribe territory. I am a BSc archaeology lecturer for Plymouth University and in my spare time I can be found in museums, at sites of archaeological interest or on Cornish beaches and exploring with my family and pet labrador.

Matthew Jones, University of Sussex

Hi! I’m Matthew and I am the CHASE Student Representative for Sussex and the Blog Officer for this wonderful blog you are currently reading. I am responsible for running and maintain the blog, its design and making sure all the pages are kept up to date.

I am second year PhD student in Art History working on how British museums develop and create exhibits and displays on British Colonial History, specifically the British Slave Trade, its abolition and their ongoing legacies. When I am not in a museum you will probably be able to find me drawing or painting, on the beach here in Brighton, at a gig and being exasperated by politics.

Harry Adams, Courtauld Institute of Art

Marija Shipley, Courtauld Institute of Art

I’m Marija, and I’ve joined CHASE Student Committee recently, right at the start of my PhD studies. Already I’m looking forward to participating in the work of the committee and learning how CHASE operates within. My PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art is focused on the female royal patronage in thirteenth century Adriatic coastal areas. Usually, free time is filled with being a mum to a four-year-old that loves Egyptians and pirate ships.
Mattia Cobianchi, Goldsmiths University

I`m Mattia, Student Rep. for Goldsmiths since 2019. I`m now in my third year as a part time PhD student at the Music Department researching adaptive soundscape composition for urban areas. The other half of my part-time is spent in loudspeakers design and acoustics research for a well-known British audio manufacturer.

I’m interested in everything related to vibrations, noise, sound and music: electroacoustics, psychoacoustics, noise management, the soundscape approach and audio processing and synthesis.

Apart from listening to – and playing a little bit – music, my many hobbies include wildlife photography, ethology, anthropology, DIY and repair (I regularly volunteer at the Brighton Repair Café), astronomy, cycling and Zen Shiatsu.

If I could only bring one cd with me to a desert island, it would probably be the Goldberg variations. While if I had to live on just one food, that would be… parmesan!

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