Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Staff Profile

Mel Whewell

Institute & Partnerships Manager


Mel manages the activities of the Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice in close collaboration with its Director and members of the Institute's Steering Group.

The Institute is a hub for creative arts practice at Newcastle University.

Our aim is to promote the work and activities of the creative arts practitioners working at the University. These include artists, composers, performers, film makers, creative writers, curators, architects, entrepreneurs and thinkers.

The Institute also works to provide undergraduate and postgraduate students with a vibrant and creative environment in which to develop and grow their own practice.

The Institute’s work with cultural organisations both locally and internationally ensures that the University engages fully with the communities which it serves.

Previous Positions
Principal Officer (Collections Management), Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (2006-2012)
Senior Interpretive Planner, PLB (2006)
Interpretation Manager, Infinite Design (2002-2005)
Reach-Out Officer, Newcastle University (1997-2002)
Environmental Interpretation Officer, Northumberland County Council (1991-1997)
Heritage Interpretation Officer, Northamptonshire Archaeology Unit (1988-1991)
Excavation Supervisor, Northamptonshire Archaeology Unit (1987-1988)
Excavation Supervisor, Landesdenkmalamt Baden Wurttemberg, Germany (1986-1987).

2001   BA (Hons) Fine Art & Visual Culture, Northumbria University
1991   MA Heritage Management, Newcastle University
1986   BA (Hons) Archaeology, Newcastle University.      

Churchill Fellow 1991     

From 2009 - 2017 Mel was a Secretary of State (DEFRA) appointed Board Member of the Northumberland National Park Authority.