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Dr Maureen O'Neill

  • Qualifications: PhD, MA, BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer – BA (Hons) Illustration
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3772
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  • Department: School of Art, Design and Performance
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I studied Graphic Design at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design which lead to a design career as an Art Editor working for major publishing houses in London. I joined Portsmouth School of Art in 1988 and throughout my years in teaching have been head of a National Diploma Course and the BA Illustration Course, relinquishing the post to concentrate on my research. I completed my MA in Sequential and Narrative Design at The University of Brighton in 1997 and my Ph.D. at The University of Portsmouth in 2007.  I am currently a senior lecturer and Level 6 coordinator on the Illustration BA.

My published research supports the potential of learning by way of new technology including the use of web based visual archives. My practice is mainly through the production and exhibition of limited edition hand made Artist’s Books incorporating themes around journeys and mapping conventions.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Delivering lectures and tutorials for the BA Illustration Course across all 3 levels.
  • Unit coordinator for:
    • Illustration Self-Directed – 40 credits
    • Illustration Professional Practice – Projects - 20 credits
    • Illustration Professional Practice – Promotion - 20 credits
  • Level 6 co-ordinator - responsible for all aspects of organising, managing and delivering the final year. 


My research interests include online digital archives, collections and databases that can be used as pedagogic resources. These provide research and creative opportunities offered by the collections to inspire through their diverse formats and references to philosophy, language, history, literature and science. Funded research has led to the development of ‘The ImageXchange’ an international collaborative research project that I have led with Dr Jackie Batey and ‘The Ministry of Books’, which provide students and staff with a visual database of the schools collection of artists’ books.

My particular areas of interest are maps, mapping and artists’ books. My books are held in a number of permanent collections including Queensland State Library, Sallie Bingham Centre for Women’s History and Culture at the Perkins Library and Duke University NC, USA. 


Research profile

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