Biographical miscellanea


Qualifications

B.A. (Hons.) Philosophy and English (2:2) – University of Kent at Canterbury

B.Sc. (Hons.) Psychology (2:1) – Birkbeck College, University of London

B.A. (Hons.) Open degree (1st) – The Open University

M.A. Modern European Thought – Thames Polytechnic

Ph.D. Film Studies – University of East Anglia (Life After Death in the Cinema)

Ph.D. History – Anglia Ruskin University (George Albert Smith (1864-1959): From Stage to Screen)


Society distinction

Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (by research)


Affiliation

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (from 1 September 2014)


SPR website trustee statement

The following trustee statement appears on the website of the Society for Psychical Research:

‘Tom joined the Society in 1987 and Council in 1990. He was a member of the Publicity sub-committee (later the Image and Publicity Committee) from 1988-1994 – during which time he co-designed the SPR logo – and was Hon. Appeals Secretary 1989-90.  In 1991 He served on Professor Robert Morris’s working party which led to the setting up of the now-defunct Research Activities Committee, and was Hon. Testing Officer 1992-2007. In 2005 he joined the Image, Publicity and Publications Committee and when it was split into the Education and Publicity and e-Communications Committees he joined both.  He is still a member of the former and was of the latter until it was disbanded in May 2017. While on the e-CC he was involved in developing the Society’s website.

‘He has refereed papers for JSPR and in January 2009 became its Book Reviews Editor.  He joined the Library Committee in 2010, becoming its chair in August 2016, and since 2011 has served on the Conference Programme Committee.  In 2011 he also became the SPR’s Communications Officer.  He adds content to the website and responds to emails received through it, as well as looking after the SPR’s Facebook page (from February 2010) and Twitter account (from July 2013).  He has been instrumental in obtaining several collections of material for the SPR’s archives.

‘For some years he was a coordinator of the Anglia Paranormal Research Group and investigated a number of spontaneous cases. He has contributed to JSPR and Paranormal Review (and its predecessors) as well as Fortean Times and online publications; blogs at http://tomruffles.blogspot.co.uk/; and is the author of Ghost Images: Cinema of the Afterlife.  He is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.  He holds two Ph.Ds, one on Life After Death in the Cinema, from the University of East Anglia; the other on George Albert Smith (1864–1959): From Stage to Screen, from Anglia Ruskin University, about a significant figure in the early history of the SPR.’


(Updated May 2017)