Professor of Museum Studies; Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital)
University of Leicester
Ross Parry is Professor (Museum Studies) and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital) at the University of Leicester, UK. He is also one of the founding Trustees of the Jodi Mattes Trust - for accessible digital culture.
Currently, Ross is leading a major £0.6mn national project, 'One by One' (2017-2020), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and working with a network of 17 institutional partners, to develop a digital literacy framework for the UK museum sector. Prior to this he was co-investigator on the 'CATH (Collaborative Arts Triple Helix)' project, also funded by an AHRC award, brokering 19 digital prototype projects between small businesses, small cultural organisations and universities, in an attempt to understand how Knowledge Exchange and collaborative research works across these sectors.
Ross has two co-edited volumes to be published in 2018: ‘Museum Thresholds: the design and media of arrival’; and ‘The Routledge Handbook of Media and Museums’. He is the author of 'Recoding the Museum: Digital Heritage and the Technologies of Change' (Routledge 2007), the first major history of museum computing, and in 2010 published 'Museums in a Digital Age' (Routledge).
Ross is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2008 he was one of the team of nine academics whose submission to the national Research Assessment Exercise produced the highest proportion of world-leading research in any subject in any UK university. In 2005 he was made a HIRF Innovations Fellow for his work on developing in-gallery digital media, and in 2009 was made a Tate Research Fellow. From 2008 to 2011 he was elected chair of the national Museums Computer Group, and from 2004 to 2010 co-convened the annual 'UK Museums on the Web' (UKMW) conferences. He has also and sat on the national JISC Content Advisory Group. He served on the International Scientific Advisory Board for ‘Learning 2.0’ managed by DREAM (the Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials) at the University of Southern Denmark, where in 2012 he was visiting professor. He now sits on the International Advisory Board for the €6mn, five-year, ‘Our Museum’ project.
Ross is currently supervising eight PhD students, investigating: the production of text and scripts for museum media (Rachel Teskey); the museum as a platform for sound culture (Stefania Zardini Lacedelli); online museum learning resources for schools in a political, legal and business context (William Clarke); measuring the sensory and emotional experience of in-gallery digital interactives (Jingyu Peng); how museums interact with the expert web (Blaire Moskowitz); how the twentieth century museum curated the motor car (Pal Negyesi); strategically leveraging big data within museums (Lauren Vargas); the impact of convergent media on digital production in museums (Peter Annhernu).
Previously, as first supervisor, he has supervised PhDs on: the history of collecting computer-based technology at the Smithsonian Institution (Dr Petrina Foti); models for cultivating innovation with digital media in museums (Dr Haitham Eid); museums, pop music culture and the web (Dr Kathleen Pirrie Adams); methods to measures the impact of museums in social media (Dr Elena Villaespesa); the evolution of design of in-gallery digital media for children (Dr Amy Hetherington); the sustainability of public-facing digital resources in museums (Dr Jeremy Ottevanger); museums' display of sacred and devotional objects online (Dr Alex Whitfield); the use of podcasting in museums (Dr Lena Maculan); the use of mobile media for curating everyday life (Dr Kostas Arvanitis).