In early 2022 I accepted the post of Associate Professor of Filmmaking at the University of Plymouth, UK. This role will see me teaching on the BA(Hons) Filmmaking, developing a new MA Filmmaking and continuing my research and practice.
Prior to this I was Head of Cinematography at the Northern Film School where I taught cinematography, documentary, and filmmaking across the production courses at undergrad and postgrad levels since 2012. My roles while at NFS have included: MA/MFA Course Leader, co-year leader, Module leader, PhD CoR panel member. I was appointed based on my continuing practice, and this has played a significant role in my teaching. Changes in the delivery of Cinematography delivered substantial improvements in both creative output and industry preparedness of students. I also addressed long-term issues of gender imbalance within the subject area and led large (upto 71) student group learning visits to the Camerimage festival in Poland (2014-19).
I was a finalist in the Leeds Beckett Student Union ‘Golden Robes’ teaching awards 2014 with nominations in 3 of the 8 categories. I was also nominated in the 2 following years. My students have participated in a number of my shoots and the consequent learning opportunities have been integrated into follow-up workshops. I have presented this learning structure at conference as the ‘Vicarious Learning Model’.
Other roles included: External Examiner and member of External Advisory Board at the London Film Academy and also an external on the MA Film Approval panel at the University of Gloucester.
The Northern Film School liason on the new £80m Leeds School of Arts Building project during the key design phase. Co-writing an MA in Cinematography with a view to launching in 2022.
The Covid19 pandemic has meant I have expanded my online teaching knowledge rapidly. Rewriting all my teaching for online delivery and developing new and effective ways of delivering content elements online. Although there was reticence at first, student feedback has been excellent and I will be retaining and developing several elements of this new approach after the current crisis has passed.
Teaching experience before NFS:
Asian Film Academy at the Pusan International Film Festival, Korea 2007
London Film Academy 2005-2012
Scriptnet/British Council's TV industry restructuring programme in Sierra Leone 2005
Various: Cavendish College, Princess Productions, Endemol Productions etc 2000-2009
BBC Training Centre, Elstree 1998-2000
2013 PGCHE Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
2013 Fellow of Higher Education Academy