Teaching & Scholarship
I believe in teaching at the boundaries between disciplines, taking risks and encouraging students to explore the unknown. As an advocate of experiential and research-led learning, my teaching approach is about wondering, breaking, fixing, inventing and creating things together. I believe in curating learning environments and structures that encourage curiosity and critical play and break the boundary between teacher & learner.
I've had academic roles at the following places: usually working between commercial research and supporting the development of new courses.
I've had a foot in academia for about 10 years now, most recently as a Programme Leader in Immersive Arts at the Liverpool Screen School in Liverpool John Moores University and Director of the Experimental Technologies Lab in the Institute of Art and Technology. Teaching creative technology and games engines to a variety of students and developing funded research activity.
Before that, I was a Senior Lecturer in Manchester School of Arts where I led on digital, new media, interactive and immersive media areas across a number of degrees (BA Creative Multimedia, BA Filmmaking). I was also the curriculum development lead during the formation of the new £35 million School of Digital Arts (SODA),, with a tranformational and interdisciplinary approach to learning and research in future storytelling and digital technology.
I have previously taught across theory and practice classes at Coventry School of Art and Design on the Digital Media and Culture MA and the Media Production BA . During my time at Coventry I also developed a pioneering BA in Digital Media and several award winning open education products, exploring the future of digitally enhanced education.
In the past I have also been involved with online mentoring on the Raindance Postgraduate Degree in Film, accredited by Staffordshire University, as well as being an invited lecturer to the Global Media and Communication Programme at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, Warwick University. I have also lectured at Zhejiang University of Media and Communications in China, the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and Stellenbosch University in South Africa as well as being involved in digital learning projects for organisations such as the BBC.