YU MENG TING
Mengting Yu is an art historian, artist and scholar with a multidisciplinary background in fine arts, design, art history and curatorial related studies. She recently received her Ph.D. in art history from the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, under the supervision of Professor Michael J. K. Walsh. Her research interests include painting, London’s early Modernism, women artists and women art education in cross-cultural contexts.
PhD Thesis Title
“A Talented and Decorative Group”: A Re-examination of London’s Women Artists, 1900-1914
I am currently working on converting my thesis manuscript into a book.
Initially, ADM attracted me for being part of a leading research university (NTU) with established reputation. I was also fascinated by some of the research projects led by the ADM professors.
The best thing about studying at the ADM for me is that I have met some great people (professors, students as well as staff members) with marvelous minds. In particular, I met my supervisor Prof Michael J. K. Walsh, who had initial interest to my research subject and consistently provided supports during my investigative process. His patience, enthusiasm, commitment have had a significant impact on my research and on me. I would highly recommend him to future students for his supervision.
- Learning how to learn (hard and soft skills)
- Ability to master and do original research in any subject systematically, methodologically and efficiently
- Persistence and patience
- Work and life balance
- Time management
- Critical thinking
During my PhD years, I successfully received Research Support grants from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies of British Art, Yale University on two occasions in support of my trips to London in April 2015 and December 2016, as well as a Dissertation Fellowship from Harry Ransom Centre, University of Texas at Austin in 2015 to visit its collections of rare manuscripts and works of art.
- Get to know your supervisor before you begin your PhD.
- Students and supervisors might have different working styles, for this developing and establishing a ground-rule that works for both parties will be very helpful from the start of supervision. So communicate with your supervisors the kind of assistance you might need, and don’t be afraid to ask fro help when you need it.
- Allow backward steps after making forward steps in the learning process.
- Familiarize yourself with the research resources available at the ADM and make the most of them.
- There is free counseling services available on campus and please seek help when you want to talk to someone about anything.