Staff Profiles: Creative Practice as Research

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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.

Bill Burford

Bill Burford

Academic Subject Leader, Constructed Environments

Design

In his current role as Academic Subject Group Leader for Constructed Environments, Bill operationally manages staff, students and all areas of teaching, learning and research within the subject group, including overseas courses. Bill is also responsible for curriculum development of a new suite of undergraduate and postgraduate Design, Sustainable Technology and Construction orientated courses that are cognately linked to Landscape Architecture. Bill is part of the senior leadership team for the School of Arts.

Sue Colverd

Sue Colverd

Principal Lecturer in Drama and Academic Subject Leader for Performing Arts and Play

Performing Arts and Play

I have an acting and directing background working nationally and internationally. I am passionate about exploring the actor’s processes in devising, classical and cutting edge contemporary work.

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.

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.

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.

Don Parker

Dr. Don Parker

Academic Subject Leader for Design

Design

Don is a multi-disciplinary creative focused on design in film, music and television – from his early career working for record companies and advertising agencies in film promotion (Universal Pictures, Paramount, 20th Century Fox etc.) to studying consumer behaviour and the subtexts of information exchange. He is currently exploring the themes of transmedia storytelling to produce non-linear experiences.

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.

Trudie Ballantyne

Trudie Ballantyne

Academic Course Leader for Photography: Editorial and Advertising

Photography

I'm a creative photographer and I create and exhibit my photographic projects internationally. As an educator, I love sharing my experience, knowledge and industry involvement with my students and seeing them succeed as successful photographers.

Karen Benjamin

Karen Benjamin

Academic Course Leader for Drama

Performing Arts and Play

I have a background in Professional Theatre and workshop facilitation. I specialise in improvisation and devising, as well as educational theatre programmes. I work freelance as a director and perform comedy improv.

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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.

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Andrew Bradford

Academic Course Leader for Interior Design BA (Hons)

Design

Practising academic with a passion for spatial design, colour theory and the built environment, biophilic and sustainable principles. A maker of site sensitive spaces and places.

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.

Tony Clancy

Tony Clancy

Senior Lecturer, Photography

Photography

I work as a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Art and Design, specialising in photography. My interests range widely but include historical processes, video and sound.

James Dalby

James Dalby

Academic Course Leader in Media Production

Music and Media

Transmedia is my thing, I’m fascinated by storytelling across platforms and new ways to engage audiences. I’m currently excited by mobile production tech. and new ideas in cinematic VR, and I’m always trying to find new ways to push boundaries.

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.

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Carl Halford

Academic Course Leader for Advertising

Design

With over a decades' worth of experience as a creative advertising art director I have worked at some of biggest ad agencies on campaigns for some of the world's most well-known brands.

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.

David Last

David Last

Academic Course Leader for Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Play

I’ve performed as a musical director or accompanist across the world, and continue to work professionally, bringing that experience (and those contacts!) to the university.

Dr. Ying Li

Dr. Ying Li

Academic Course Leader for Landscape Architecture BA (Hons)

Design

A cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach is the focus of Ying's research, teaching, and practice in Landscape and Urban Design. This enthusiasm came from her early childhood education in Music and Classical Chinese Poetry. As the First Chinese Course Leader in Landscape Architecture in the UK since the Landscape Institute founded in 1929. Ying believes that she has the responsibility to carry forward the spirit of Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and contribute to making Landscape Architecture as the most Comprehensive of the Arts in the 21st century.

Margaret McDonough

Margaret McDonough

Academic Course Leader in Fashion Design

Design

It is very important to me that our students have a role in contributing to the developing knowledge, technology, theories and practice of fashion design through dynamic teaching experiences and collaborative learning.

Stuart Mitchell

Stuart Mitchell

Course Leader in TV 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.

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.

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. 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.

Jessica Reid

Jessica Reid

Academic Course Leader in Graphic Design & Visual Communication (Level 6)

Design

After studying Graphic Design at this university, I went on become a specialist in branding, packaging and brand communication design. After 10 years of working in industry I decided to come back, teaching onto the course that started my career.

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Paul Roberts

Academic Course Leader for Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Photography

I have worked as a documentary and sport photographer for over a decade with organisations such as The Press Association, The Football Association and Getty Images.

Vito Rocco

Vito Rocco

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).

Dr. Alessio Russo

Dr. Alessio Russo

Academic Course Leader in MA Landscape Architecture - Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Design

I am inspired by world-class landscape architects and academics (i.e., Pietro Porcinai, Roberto Burle Marx and Ian McHarg) that have motivated me to pursue this career, and I wish to inspire, reach, and continue to motivate past, present, and future students.

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.

Dr. Michelle Williams

Dr. Michelle Williams

Academic Course Leader Product Design

Art

Design

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

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.

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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Paula Douce

Lecturer in Dance

Performing Arts and Play

I started dancing at the age of two and have loved it ever since. Teaching dance is a passion rather than an occupation and dancing and teaching is a real joy, especially here at the University of Gloucestershire on the Performing Arts Degree.

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.

Adam Gain

Adam Gain

Lecturer in Dance

Performing Arts and Play

I have performed professionally for a variety of contemporary dance companies, travelling all over the world. I specialise in dance teaching and inclusive dance practice, as well as improvisation and choreography.

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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Kay Hawkins

Module Tutor

Design

Environmental Sciences

Kay is a Module Tutor in the School of Art and Design.

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.

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.

Kathie Litchfield

Kathie Litchfield

Senior Lecturer in Communications & PR

Journalism

Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin... Storytelling is at the heart of good communications, encouraging empathy, connection and cooperation. Kathie has been helping people and companies tell their stories for almost 20 years, working for some of the biggest brands and high profile organisations in the UK and world-wide.

Kate Littlewood

Kate Littlewood

Senior Lecturer in Drama

Performing Arts and Play

I have a background in acting, writing/translating and directing and I specialise in Classical Theatre, its theory and performance. I’m founder director of To The Elephant Theatre Company.

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.

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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Andrew Moxon

ACL MA Photography Senior Lecturer Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Photography

I have worked all over the world during my professional life, and as a documentary photographer my work has been published, collected and exhibited globally.

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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.

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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. 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.

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Rachel Tillotson

Senior Lecturer in Film Production

Film and Television

I am a BAFTA winning filmmaker with extensive short film and TV directing experience. I trained as an actress, have directed Theatre and have an MA in Film Direction from the Royal College of Art.

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.

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.

Leonie Burton

Leonie Burton

Development Manager

Performing Arts and Play

I have 25 years’ experience of working at senior management level in the public, community and voluntary sector. My particular interests lie in children’s services, children’s play and education and training.

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.

Marcus Jenkins

Marcus Jenkins

Audio and Music Technical Demonstrator

Music and Media

Film and Television

I'm a musician, record producer and sound engineer. I assist students in the Media School with anything to do with sound.

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.