Staff Profiles: Emma Jane Hughes

Emma Jane Hughes

Staff Profile: Emma Jane Hughes
Lecturer in Photography: Editorial and Advertising

Emma Jane Hughes

Emma Jane Hughes

Lecturer in Photography: Editorial and Advertising


Emma Jane Hughes combines her passions in the creative worlds of photography, filmmaking and high-end retouching with her love of academia, lecturing and management in higher education.


An internationally published and exhibited photographer, Emma has extensive experience both within advertising and editorial, as well as a host of industry connections and networks. 

As a high-end retouching specialist, Emma's expertise has been in demand by both freelance fashion photographers and photography studios, while her work as an award-winning film producer has been showcased internationally, seeing her nominated for a BAFTA in 2014.


Award Title Institution Date
PGCHE Higher Education University of Gloucestershire 2010
MA Film and Media University of Gloucestershire 2005


Emma has been awarded a Level 5 qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM5), undertaken a Professional Qualifying Exam for the British Institute of Professional Photographers (PQE) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


Emma is a BAFTA nominated Producer, working on a number of award winning short film productions which have screened at film festivals internationally. Most notably, "Island Queen", produced by Emma Hughes, directed by Ben Mallaby and written by Nat Luurtsemer, was nominated for a BAFTA for the Best British Short in 2014 and distributed by ICO to screen at over 110 countries worldwide.

Teaching and research


Emma teaches a wide range of multidisciplinary skills across the creative worlds of fashion, filmmaking, photography and specialist high-end retouching practices.




Throughout her career Emma has sought to bridge the gap between creativity and enterprise. The current digital transformation in commerce is now firmly taking hold of the art and photography markets and this change will significantly impact upon student learning and future careers. 

Emma's primary research interest is in examining how these emerging technologies - specifically in e-commerce and online learning - are reshaping existing practices and sectors within the creative arts.

External responsibilities

Emma works with leading creatives and arts Universities in the creation of new, innovative and flexible 'blue-prints' for the design and delivery of degree courses within the visual arts. Academic consultancy projects include work for: Detao Masters Academy (Shanghai, China), Wuhan Institute of Design and Science (Hubei, China), London South Bank University – ‘Department of Arts and Creative Industries’, University of the West of England (UWE) and Arts University Bournemouth.