In 2016/17 Butt teaches the undergraduate modules 'Critical Theory and Performance' and 'Issues and Perspectives in Contemporary Performance'.

Professor Butt welcomes research degree proposals in the following fields: live art, performance art and club performance; any aspect of queer art and performance since 1945; performance studies and queer theory; and post-punk art and music culture. He supervises both traditional scholarly approaches to these subjects (historical and theoretical) and practice-as-research projects by artist-scholars.

He has supervised dissertations on television documentary and transgender lives; embarrassment and contemporary art; non-human performance and the anthropocene; 'trashy' tendencies in contemporary performance; queer club performance and affective space; temporality and queer activist aesthetics; schizoanalysis and performance art; injury and queer performance; performative approaches to Central and East European action art; shame and commemorative practice in contemporary British art; gender subversion and music video; and real-time media and contemporary art. He currently supervises projects on feminist performance art and self-help culture; and the queer subjunctive in British art and theory in the 1980s.