Kevin GuyanI have over seven years’ experience of working in research, in both academia and the voluntary sector. I currently work as a Researcher for Equality Challenge Unit, an organisation that works to advance equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education across the UK and in colleges in Scotland. Before starting at ECU in 2016, I completed a PhD in history at University College London, which explored the relationship between masculinities, planning knowledge and domestic space in mid-twentieth century Britain.

I previously worked as the Student Engagement Coordinator for UCL Culture, a project that provides a platform for PhD students to share their research with non-academic audiences. I am skilled in academic impact assessment and have worked for UCL’s Departments of Geography, Anthropology and School of Life and Medical Sciences as a Research Assistant, gathering evidence for their 2014 Research Excellence Framework submissions. I also taught history at secondary school and university levels, led historical walking tours of Dublin and was a Visiting Research Associate at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

‘Qualitative data and descriptive analysis’ (March 2018), Athena SWAN biosciences best practice workshop, Royal Society of Biology

The experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff in UK higher education (February 2018), Equality Challenge Unit

Reflexivity: positioning yourself in equality and diversity research (December 2017), Equality Challenge Unit


Invited speaker at the University of Glasgow, Centre for Gender History (October 2017)

‘Histories of Men and Masculinities: Using the Past to Change the Present’, Rethinking Gender: New Perspectives and Future Directions, Royal Holloway, University of London (June 2017)

Man of the House – a study of masculinity in the mid-20th century home (April 2016), Architecture Ireland Extra

Visiting Research Associate (2015), Institute of Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Review of Queer Domesticities: Homosexuality and Home Life in Twentieth-Century London (April 2015), H-Histsex, H-Net Reviews

Review of Modern Women on Trial: Sexual Transgression in the Age of the Flapper (March 2015), Twentieth Century British History, Volume 26, Issue 1

Co-organiser of New Directions: Gender, Sex and Sexuality in 20th Century British History workshop (April 2014), with funding from the Royal Historical Society, Economic History Society and UCL Department of History


Co-organiser of ScotRes, a London-based research forum that explores and debates subjects related to Scotland and Scottish independence

Review of The Hero Building: An Architecture of Scottish National Identity (October 2017),  Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, Volume 37, Issue 2

Advancing Scottish independence outside of Scotland (October 2017), Bella Caledonia

Review of Independence or Union: Scotland’s Past and Scotland’s Present (April 2017), Scottish Historical Review, Volume 96, Issue 1

Learning from the past: Housing and masculinities in 20th century Scotland (April 2016), Common Space

Everyday Ireland Shows the Opportunity Scotland Missed (March 2015), Bella Caledonia

Engagement and impact

‘The Student Engager Project’ (2016), University Museums and Collections, International Council of Museums Conference, Milan

UCL Student Engager project provides platform for PhD students to develop skills in public engagement (August 2016), The Impact Blog, London School of Economics

Lessons from London: what happens when universities place PhD students in museums? (November 2015), Not Even Past, University of Texas

Nice Gaff: The Guinness Power House (2015), Totally Dublin

Engaging in museums and galleries: University College London’s Student Engagement project (March 2015), Conditions of Display: Research and Practice, National Gallery of Ireland