Staff Profiles: Being Human - Past, Present and Future

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Anne Dawson

Anne Dawson

Head of School, Media

Journalism

I am proud to run one of the most highly rated Media Schools in the UK, and what gets me out of bed in the morning is my determination to provide the best possible start for our students in their future careers in Media or Music.

Angus Pryor

Angus Pryor

Head of School for Art & Design, Reader in Fine Art

I am a painter, writer and curator as well as being a HE Arts administrator. I work with International colleagues the majority of the time and have completed large projects in both India and Holland.

Fiona Curran

Fiona Curran

Academic Subject Leader in Film, TV and Animation

Film and Television

I am a film maker who works experimentally with sound, film and poetry.

Prof. Paul Innes

Prof. Paul Innes

Professor of Shakespeare Studies & Academic Subject Leader in Literary and Critical Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

I'm a specialist in Shakespeare studies and I'm particularly interested in what his plays meant at the time they were written and how they were performed on his own stage.

Neil Leighton

Neil Leighton

Academic Subject Leader, Journalism

Journalism

I've been working in the media industry for more than 20 years, both as a journalist and a television director. I have produced content for organisations including the BBC and The Sunday Times.

Dr. Adrian Long

Dr. Adrian Long

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

Biblical and theological perspectives offer sometimes surprising, sometimes problematic insights on what it means to be human. I’m fascinated by the hard questions they provoke for understanding who we are and how we might live.

Matthew Lovett

Matthew Lovett

Academic Subject Leader

Music and Media

Film and Television

I've made, listened to and talked about music for as long as I can remember. I love the challenge of working out where to take music next as there’s always another way of playing or singing it. The future of music has never felt more exciting.

Dr. Julia Peck

Dr. Julia Peck

Academic Subject Leader in Photography

Photography

I am a photographer and writer, exploring the political effects of representing landscape, place and environment. I started my career as a landscape photographer, exhibiting and publishing disorientating images, and moved on to more overtly political practice.

Dr. Charlotte Beyer

Dr. Charlotte Beyer

Senior Lecturer in English Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

I am a contemporary literature specialist, with a background in gender and women's studies. My teaching and module tutor responsibilities include crime fiction, postcolonial writing, and contemporary American and British literature.

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Malcolm Bradbrook

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Journalism

I have been a journalist for 20 years and operate as a writer, video journalist, sub editor and designer. I am fascinated by the impact of social media on the media, and society as a whole.

Tom Bradshaw

Tom Bradshaw

Senior Lecturer and Academic Course Leader in Sports Journalism

Journalism

I love the excitement of covering live events and rubbing shoulders with some of the big names in the sporting world. I specialise in using digital media to cover live sporting events, and I'm also really interested in sports journalism ethics.

Dr. Jonathan Cable

Dr. Jonathan Cable

Lecturer in Sport Journalism

Journalism

Jonathan is a Lecturer in Sport Journalism at the University of Gloucestershire. He joined from Cardiff University where he was a lecturer and researcher. He Holds a PhD in Journalism Studies from Cardiff University. His research interests and publications lie in football culture, protest, sport media, and journalism.

James Dalby

James Dalby

Academic Course Leader in Media Production

Music and Media

How do we prepare students for an ever-changing Digital Media industry - and for the jobs of the future - while remaining world-leaders in traditional communications? That's one of the most exciting things about what I do!

Dr. Angela France

Dr. Angela France

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I write and teach poetry and have published four poetry books, Occupation (2009), Lessons in Mallemaroking (2011), Hide (2013). and The Hill (2017). I also have an interest in writing for well-being and run writing workshops in the community.

Ian Friend

Ian Friend

Senior Lecturer in 3D Animation and VFX

Film and Television

Art

I’ve loved animation since I was a kid, and still spend my spare time absorbed in it. Now I’m older I want to create things my little boy can enjoy, and it’s great to be able to do that. I’m basically a big animation geek.

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Dr. Robin Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

What I love most about teaching is the opportunity to introduce students to films that not only challenge them to rethink what cinema is now, but more importantly, what it could be in the future.

Dr. Roy Jackson

Dr. Roy Jackson

Reader in Philosophy of Religion, Academic Course Leader for MA in Philosophical and Religious Thought

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I am a Reader in the Philosophy of Religion, teaching courses on Islam, Nietzsche, Greek philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

Dr. Lania Knight

Dr. Lania Knight

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I've wanted to be a writer since the fifth grade. I love story, whether it's made up or true-to-life. My family is chock-full of storytellers, and I'm glad to be continuing the tradition.

Tim Land

Tim Land

Academic Course Leader in Sound and Music Production

Music and Media

I’m a lover of beats, sounds and spaces and have a background in producing electronic and urban music. More recently I’ve been specialising in spatial sound and it’s potential for new auditory experience.

Dr. Jonathan Marshall

Dr. Jonathan Marshall

Senior Lecturer in English Language

Literary and Critical Studies

I completed a BA and MA in Linguistics, before doing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Reading. My research area is Sociolinguistics and Dialectology. I specialise in developing theoretical models of the diffusion of language change.

Stuart Mitchell

Stuart Mitchell

Academic Course Leader, Television Production

Film and Television

I am a TV documentary producer and director. I'm also currently working on a PhD about our emotional engagement with documentary. I have 20 years experience in the TV industry on productions for BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Channel 5 and Sky.

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Academic Course Leader in History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I am a Senior Lecturer in American history, teaching courses on democracy and slavery in the 19th century, reconstruction and the South after the Civil War, major themes in 20th century US history, and the long civil rights movement.

Bryan Panks

Bryan Panks

Academic Course Leader for Animation

Film and Television

Art

I have loved animation ever since I can remember, so a chance to work in the animation industry and to teach animation is just a joy!

Mike Parker

Mike Parker

Academic Course Leader for Film Production

Film and Television

I began making films with political exiles in London before moving to Wales where I have been based since 1987. I have produced BAFTA award winning documentaries, comedy, drama and feature films.

Kieren Phelps

Kieren Phelps

Course Leader, MA Illustration

Art

Kieren Phelps is the Course Leader and lead tutor on the MA Illustration course, an innovative and wide-ranging programme that focuses on narrative drawing as a way of re-evaluating Illustration practice.

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Senior Lecturer in Humanities

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

My main area of specialisation is the study of the sacred texts of Christianity and Judaism in the context of the ancient world together with considerations of how these texts have been appropriated more recently.

Anna Pointer

Anna Pointer

Academic Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Magazine Journalism & Production

Journalism

A freelance journalist and former magazine Editor, Anna has many years' experience of writing and editing for national newspapers and magazines, both in print and online.

Jeremy Power

Jeremy Power

Academic Course Leader for Film and Television (Top up)

Film and Television

Before joining this university I worked for BBC TV in London for over 20 years. For most of that time I was a post-production editor working on a very wide range of programmes from Blue Peter and Top of the Pops, to Match of the Day.

Dr. Martin Randall

Dr. Martin Randall

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

Film and Television

I teach prose on all three undergraduate levels and my specialisms include the American short story, experimental writing, theories of the novel, historical fiction and transgressive writing.

Dr. Philip Reeder

Dr. Philip Reeder

Academic Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Popular Music

Music and Media

As a musician and producer I work on a wide range of projects, from creating albums at sea, scoring internationally toured theatre soundtracks, to working with vocal virtuosos.

Vito Rocco

Vito Rocco

Academic Course Leader for MA Film Making & Senior Lecturer in Television Production

Internationally award-winning film and TV writer and director of feature films (for Film4), short films (BAFTA winning and Oscar short listed) TV comedy drama (for CBBC and C5) and multi-camera TV drama director for BBC and ITV (EastEnders, Emmerdale).

Tom Soper

Tom Soper

Academic Course Leader for Music Business

Music and Media

I'm a pianist, songwriter-producer and DJ with a love of vinyl records, pop and funk/soul music, who wrote for, managed & toured with record labels in the 90s and 00s. I lecture in professional practice specialising in music & media entrepreneurship.

Jack Southern

Jack Southern

Academic Course Leader for MA Fine Art

Art

My creative work spans teaching, art making, exhibition making, writing and research.

Arran Stibbe

Arran Stibbe

Professor of Ecological Linguistics

Literary and Critical Studies

In my teaching and research I focus on how language makes us who we are as people, and the role of language in building the kind of society we live in, using discourse analysis and ecolinguistics.

Dr. Michelle Williams

Dr. Michelle Williams

Academic Course Leader Product Design

Art

Design

I am a course leader, active researcher in circular thinking.

Dr. Martin Wood

Dr. Martin Wood

Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

My love of religion stems from several years spent with a backpack, travelling through Australasia, East Asia and India encountering Maoris, Buddhists and Hindus, sharing food and exchanging thoughts and experiences.

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Senja Andrejevic-Bullock

Lecturer in Dramatic Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I’m a playwright and a prose writer, whose work has been performed at The Everyman Studio in Cheltenham and published in The Lampeter Review, The Wrong Quarterly, Scrutiny Journal, Storgy Literary Magazine, The Dawntreader, Literary Mama, Brain, Child, and other magazines. My research interests include migrations, displacement and identity.

Erika Barnes

Erika Barnes

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Journalism

As a broadcast journalist for over twenty years, I took great pride in the quality of my news writing and story-telling. My aim is to share my experiences, helping students gain courage and skills to embrace opportunities in the news industry.

Adam Batchelor

Adam Batchelor

Lecturer in Film Production

Film and Television

I am a director and writer, with a particular passion for regional and character driven stories. As well as writing and directing my own film work, I have vast experience working as a First AD, running sets on other productions, as well as shooting music videos, commercials and promos. I am an active filmmaker and enjoy sharing and drawing upon my own experiences, in order to help the development of my students.

Vanessa Bewley

Vanessa Bewley

Lecturer in Television Production

Film and Television

I am a Television Producer with over 20 years experience in the industry. My most recent credits include Channel 4's award winning 'One Born Every Minute' and ITV1's 'Tipping Point'.

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Andrew Bick

Reader in Fine Art

Art

An artist and curator teaching mostly in postgraduate fine art and PhD supervision. I exhibit, lecture and examine internationally and have work in public, corporate and private art collections worldwide.

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Prof. Richard Billingham

Professor of Fine Art

Art

Photography

Richard Billingham is an artist, photographer, filmmaker and teacher. Work in public collections includes The Metropolitan Museum New York; San Francisco MOMA and the V&A and Tate Galleries London.

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David Booth

Collaborative Partnerships Curriculum Development Manager; Senior Tutor

Art

Design

I am a Chartered Landscape Architect with 16 years applied experience in the public and private sector followed by 17 years in academia.

Jean Boyd

Jean Boyd

Lecturer in History and Theory of Art and Design

Art

Design

My teaching addresses the contemporary circumstances in which art, design and visual communication are situated. I support our students to develop skills that combine research with practice, to think critically and inventively about their discipline of study, and to see further into their own creative futures.

Dr. Justin Crouch

Dr. Justin Crouch

Senior Lecturer in Media Theory

Film and Television

Like every dedicated nerd, I have been passionate about animation since childhood. It is everything one could want as an art and entertainment form, and it is only getting more so. Teaching its history, forms and genres is a pleasure.

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Romanticism)

Literary and Critical Studies

My love of eighteenth-century literature began whilst studying the poetry of Alexander Pope at school and I discovered the Romantics whilst reading English Literature at university.

Mark Daman Thomas

Mark Daman Thomas

Lecturer In Music Business and Creative Industries

Music and Media

I’ve worked in the music business for over 10 years as a songwriter, musician, record label director and live music promoter. I‘ve 12 years live and touring experience, including USA, Japan and Europe.

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Dr. Duncan Dicks

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I am a writer with special interest in crime fiction as a reflection of contemporary society.

Lindsey Dryden

Lindsey Dryden

Lecturer in Film Production

Film and Television

An internationally award-winning film director and producer, Lindsey started out in TV documentary (Channel 4, BBC, History Channel) then moved into independent cinema. She has produced and directed Emmy®-winning shorts and features that have won at Sundance and the Webbys, been shortlisted for Oscar nomination, and broadcast on Netflix, PBS, BBC and others.

Prof. Philip Esler

Prof. Philip Esler

Portland Chair in New Testament Studies

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I specialise in the interpretation of biblical and extra-biblical texts and ancient legal papyri using social-scientific ideas and perspectives to open up new lines of enquiry and to help understand the results.

Chris Ford

Chris Ford

Senior Lecturer, Sports Journalism

Music and Media

I am a Broadcaster with 18 years in the TV industry.

Dr. Abigail Gardner

Dr. Abigail Gardner

Reader in Music and Media. Media School Research Lead

Music and Media

Film and Television

I work on music (video, music documentary, age, gender). I produce community media and film. I am currently working on an Erasmus+ project on digital storytelling.

Nat Goodden

Nat Goodden

Research Supervisor

Art

I’ve exhibited my installational and digital work at leading London galleries and internationally and have been closely involved with artist-run spaces in the UK and abroad. At the university, I supervise individual research projects.

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Dr. Hannah Grist

Academic Course Leader: PGCAP and Academic Professional Apprenticeships

Early Years and Education Studies

Hannah is Academic Course Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and the Academic Professional Apprenticeship.

Julia Hayball

Julia Hayball

Senior Lecturer in Radio

Film and Television

Radio is magic - it can bring me to tears, have me howling with laughter or dancing around my kitchen. I’m passionate about music, storytelling and creating pictures with sound and radio provides all of that.

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Dr. Beatrice Hitchman

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I'm a novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing. I teach historical fiction, the short story, autobiography and on the critical side, my research encompasses queer fiction and the endings of novels.

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Professor of Soviet History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I teach Russian and Soviet history and historical research methods.

Prof. Ros Jennings

Prof. Ros Jennings

University Head of Posgraduate Research, Co-Director of the Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM)

Film and Television

Music and Media

I am passionate about fighting cultural ageism through my own and collaborative research activism. As a manager, mentor and supervisor my role is to support early career researchers to produce research that empowers women to not fear growing old.

Dr. Mike D.D. Johnstone

Dr. Mike D.D. Johnstone

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I'm the author of three novels and I'm now writing a non-fiction book about European history. I teach prose fundamentals, short story writing, and theory for writers.

Andrew Lansley

Andrew Lansley

Senior Lecturer in Music

Music and Media

Film and Television

I have always been fascinated by sound, recording and editing audio is an incredible way to work creatively.

Dr. William Large

Dr. William Large

Reader in Continental Philosophy

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I teach and write philosophy. In a world of cynicism, opportunism and anxiety, I hope, by the end of the course, my students have the courage to be themselves.

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Prof. Gordon McConville

Professor of Old Testament Theology

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I teach Biblical Studies, particularly Old Testament, but have a broad interest in Christian theology. I try to show that theology has a continuing and urgent relevance to the modern world.

Brendan McLoughlin

Brendan McLoughlin

Senior Lecturer in Sports Journalism

Journalism

I love reporting on live sport. To be there covering events that the rest of the world is watching on TV is an unbelievable buzz.

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Professor of Creativity and Poetics

Literary and Critical Studies

I teach the craft of writing poetry, and modules related to my other areas of interest, including cognitive stylistic methods of analysing texts; the creative processes involved in writing; and how language is processed in the brain.

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I teach a wide variety of modules across English and Creative Writing. My research interests include: literature and the environment, literature and spirituality, poetry, and creative writing pedagogy.

Bob Moore

Bob Moore

Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Art

Design

Bob Moore is a senior lecturer in Landscape Architecture.

Nic Morris

Nic Morris

Senior Lecturer in Film Production

Film and Television

Nic Morris, BSC is a Senior Lecturer who brings to students his professional experience as Director of Photography on award winning films, such as Firelight, directed by William Nicholson, which won the San Sebastian Silver Seashell for Best Cinematography, and was nominated for the prestigious BSC Best Cinematography award.

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Matthew Murray

Senior Lecturer Editorial and Advertising Photography

Photography

Matthew Murray shoots above the line advertising campaigns for some of the worlds leading advertising agencies Saatchi & Saatchi, M&C Saatchi, TBWA, VCCP, Leo Burnett, BBDO/CLM, Paris, BWM, Sydney. Editorials clients VICE, i-D Magazine, Port Magazine, Independent, Guardian, Dazed Digital.

Jon Palmer

Jon Palmer

Lecturer in Sports Journalism

Journalism

Passionate about sport from top level to grassroots and out covering matches every weekend. Fascinated by the constant changing of the sports media landscape and the impact this has on the way journalists go about their work.

Dr. Erin Peters

Dr. Erin Peters

Lecturer in Early Modern History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I am a lecturer in early modern history with research interests in seventeenth-century Britain and interdisciplinary expertise in memory, commemoration and post-conflict studies in early modern Europe.

Rachel Plant

Rachel Plant

Senior Lecturer in Film Production

Film and Television

I am a lecturer and film-maker, with a love of film, its form and meaning.

Dr. Vicky Randall

Dr. Vicky Randall

Senior Lecturer in History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I have a specialist interest in European Intellectual History, and am particularly interested in the relationship between race, religion and historiography in the nineteenth century.

Prof. Melissa Raphael

Prof. Melissa Raphael

Professor

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

Religion gets a mixed press these days and it seems ever more important to be well-informed about it as both a conceptual system and a way of living.

Dr. Steven Roberts

Dr. Steven Roberts

Senior Lecturer in Animation/VFX

Film and Television

Having worked for a number of years in the animation and vfx industry, it is my pleasure to now pass on the knowledge gained from this experience to a new generation of animation and vfx professionals.

Richard Salkeld

Richard Salkeld

Senior Lecturer in History and Theory of Art & Photography

Art

I've been passionate about modern art since studying it as an undergraduate so I am delighted to be able to share my enthusiasm through my teaching. My interests include abstraction, minimalism, Andy Warhol, street photography and aesthetic theories.

Nick Stubbs

Nick Stubbs

Senior Lecturer in TV Production

Film and Television

My background spans Entertainment, Documentary and Drama.

Dr. Elizabeth Swift

Dr. Elizabeth Swift

Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

My background is in theatre directing and writing and I specialise in multimedia theatre. I'm founder director of the performance company Void which presents work internationally. I teach contemporary performance - practice and theory.

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Tracy Symonds

Senior Lecturer in Media and School Senior Tutor

Film and Television

I am passionately interested in storytelling, and how screen stories are told and made. I have developed film scripts through to production and am very experienced in teaching screenwriting.

Miranda Walker

Miranda Walker

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I write drama and comedy for stage, TV & radio. I’m passionate about introducing students to the professional scriptwriting world, passing on tools for success alongside theoretical understanding. I also write children’s books.

Ben Wardle

Ben Wardle

Lecturer in Music Business

Music and Media

As A&R manager, music journalist and presenter, Ben has worked in the music business over the 30 years. From overseeing the career of platinum-selling Sleeper to writing bestselling The Art Of The LP, Ben has a unique industry perspective.

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Literary and Critical Studies

As a former medievalist I know that where we begin may not be where we find ourselves eventually. My road took me from a bookshop in London to an academic career via several years living, working and studying in the USA.

Paul Zinder

Paul Zinder

Senior Lecturer in Film Production

Film and Television

I've taught, made films and have published various essays for many years. I really enjoy working with students to help them develop their own unique talents.

Sarah Bowden

Sarah Bowden

Gallery Curator

Art

I am a collaborative curator and independent arts producer with particular interests in experimental artistic practices and generative processes of engagement with art and ideas.

Jeremy Clifton-Gould

Jeremy Clifton-Gould

Technical Services Manager

Film and Television

Journalism

An original 1991 graduate of the Editorial and Advertising Photography course, I have enjoyed a rich and diverse career as a creative professional in an exciting and ever changing media industry.

Graham Cooper

Graham Cooper

Equipment Store Manager and Technical Demonstrator

Film and Television

I’ve worked in further education colleges and producing shows like Later….With Jools Holland and the One Show. I’ve also been part of a local television network editing shows for Big Centre TV in Birmingham and other local production companies.

Emma Evans

Emma Evans

Illustration Technician

Art

I am a freelance illustrator/illustration technician and co-founder of OTA Press. I run the annual Risograph publication 'The Unseen' and put together the publication for the Illustration course's 'Cheltenham Illustration Awards' every year.

Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins

Audio and Music Technician

Film and Television

Music and Media

I am a radio specialist audio technician, freelance producer, sound engineer, musician, and graduate of the University of Gloucestershire.

Tom Hill

Tom Hill

Technician Demonstrator

Art

Engineering Technologies

As a technician, I get an equal pleasure from using and demonstrating hand tools and high technology.

Jamilla Ives

Jamilla Ives

Technician Demonstrator in Fashion Design

Art

As a Technician Demonstrator at the University of Gloucestershire I work with a range of students, academics and senior staff to deliver high quality technical services.

Pili Luna

Pili Luna

Academic Services Administrator

Journalism

Music and Media

Administrator for 8 courses across Journalism, Music and Media subject areas

Lou Painter

Lou Painter

Academic Services Manager

Film and Television

Journalism

Academic Services Manager for the School of Media

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts

Film and Television Technician

Film and Television

I’m a musician, audio/visual technician, freelance drummer and a graduate of London College of Music.