Film and Media Arts Production, BA (Hons)

Film and Media Arts Production, BA (Hons)


This practical, project-based course is underpinned by theoretical knowledge and professional-standard creative and technical skills and offers students the opportunity to showcase their work and curate their own film festival.

You will develop your skills and knowledge in the areas of pre-production, production, post-production, cinematography, sound design and digital editing, and explore video installation, reactive media, expanded cinema and emerging formats in experimental workshops.

You will work on self-negotiated initiatives and with others on collaborative projects to professional standards, submit your films to festivals and be encouraged to engage with arts organisations, production companies and cinemas.

Through study of the key theoretical debates, discourses and significant practitioners, you will gain a thorough grounding in contemporary film and media arts, and also explore industry models and practices in preparation for freelance work and employment in the creative industries.

On this course you will also benefit from being part of Creative Arts Weston. Here you will join our exciting and passionate creative community, and you will be perfectly placed to join the arts industry, leading the way as part of the next creative generation.

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Duration:
Full-time: 3 years (3 days a week)
Part-time: 4 years (2 days a week)
Start date:
September 2024
Location:
Loxton Campus and Winter Gardens
Course codes:
Institution: W47
Course: FMAP
Campus: U
Awarding institution:
Bath Spa University
Course fees:
Full-time: £8,900 per year
Part-time: £6,375 per year

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You will develop your skills and knowledge in the areas of pre-production, production, post-production, cinematography, sound design and digital editing, and explore video installation, reactive media, expanded cinema and emerging formats in experimental workshops.

You will work on self-negotiated initiatives and with others on collaborative projects to professional standards, submit your films to festivals and be encouraged to engage with arts organisations, production companies and cinemas.

Through study of the key theoretical debates, discourses and significant practitioners, you will gain a thorough grounding in contemporary film and media arts, and also explore industry models and practices in preparation for freelance work and employment in the creative industries.

As well as learning how to direct films, you will showcase your work in some of the most renowned venues in the South West (subject to government guidelines). In recent years these have included the Watershed, Arnolfini and Cube Cinema in Bristol.

Working in collaboration with your peers, you will also curate the Dirigo International Student Film Festival; gathering submissions from young filmmakers and hosting an event to celebrate them.

Please contact the course leader Ross Bliss or UCW’s HEART student services team if you have any questions. It would also be great to meet you and show you around at our next Open Day.

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Gain key theoretical and practical knowledge in all aspects of film production, showcase your work and curate your own film festival.

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Meet our Team

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Claire Plews
Curriculum Coordinator - Counselling

Claire has been in private practice as a solution-focused psychotherapist and supervisor since 2002. She has a Master’s Degree in the Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol and a BSc(hons) in Sociology and Psychology from Plymouth University. Over the last 20 years Claire has also gained a large wealth of experience in teaching psychology and delivering training to counselling professionals, both for local organisations and universities, has taught on the FdSc and BSc(hons) counselling programmes since 2017. Claire’s particular interests lie in the area of anxiety disorders and early intervention within mental health and education. For over a decade Claire has taught extensively on a nationwide CPD programme focusing on OCD and CBT interventions and has fronted an initiative for local health professionals for early intervention in mental disorders. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice from UWE, is a fellow of Advance HE and is in her fifth year of studying for a Doctorate in Education at the University of Bristol exploring adolescent perceptions of mental health provision in education.
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Matt Thacker
Lecturer - Counselling

Matt works in private practice as a counsellor and supervisor and has a small private practice. Matt has a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies, a Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a postgraduate certificate in Supervision, and an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice in which he conducted research exploring white psychotherapists attitudes towards their own racial identity. He works integratively, and has a particular interest in bereavement work, working with trauma, and working with men. Matt is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in academic practice at Liverpool University.
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Siouxsie Bytheway
Lecturer in Counselling

Siouxsie has a private practice providing integrative counselling to children, young people and adults in Cheltenham and Stroud town centres. She has an FdSc and BSc in Counselling from University Centre Weston, a Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents from Iron Mill College, and an MSc in Psychology and Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods from the University Gloucestershire. Prior to qualifying as counsellor, Siouxsie worked across a range of mental health and social housing settings in Southwest England, roles including Housing Officer, Anti-Social Behaviour Officer and managing Gypsy/Travelers sites for the local authority. She is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Gloucestershire undertaking research exploring intimate partner violence and abuse in queer relationships.
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Penny Osborne
HE Lecturer in Counselling

Penny is a registered psychotherapist and applied behaviour analyst who works within a person-centred framework. In her practice she combines Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) principles with body-based movement practices to develop and further clients’ social, emotional, and behavioural health and wellbeing. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy from Canterbury Christ Church University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Care from the University of the West of England and a BSc (hons) Degree in Counselling Psychology from Southampton Solent University. Over the last 18 years Penny has worked with children and adolescents in home and school settings, online with adult carers and siblings of looked-after children, and provided 1-1 and group therapy within addictions counselling and outpatient services.  Her interests lie in the areas of anxiety, developmental disorders, trauma, PTSD, and medically unexplained symptoms. Penny has guest spoken at PhD seminars and academic conferences and is in her 5th year of studying for a Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Middlesex University exploring therapist experiences and perceptions of working online.
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Steve Heigham
Lecturer - Counselling

Steve has taught counselling at UCW since 2005 part time, at level 2, level 3, Diploma and foundation degree level. He has a degree in teaching (BEd), a degree in Psychology (BSc), an Advanced Post graduate diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, and an MSc in Evolutionary psychology. He was a special needs teacher for 22 years before lecturing in Psychology and counselling in further and higher education colleges. Steve has a small private practice in Bristol, offering Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and integrative counselling. He is also a volunteer counsellor for HELP organisation. Steve is currently developing his research interest and practice on empathy and its evolutionary origins.
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Rachel Britton
HE Counselling Work Placement coordinator

Rachel has a small private practice working with adults. She has an FDSC and BSC in Counselling from University Centre Weston. Rachel has contributed to re designing both the Level 2 and 3 Counselling Programmes at Weston College and has taught on both and the partnership courses at the University of the West of England for the last 4 academic years. Rachel has completed her Level 4 Teaching and Learning Diploma and is currently undertaking her Level 5 Diploma with City and Guilds.
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Adrian Harris
Lecturer in Acting and Performance Making

Adrian is an actor, director and writer. He trained as an actor at ALRA London (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Acting from ALRA, a National Certificate in Acting from Trinity College London, and a LAMDA Gold Medal in Acting. He has worked extensively across film and TV, including 25 episodes of BBC’s Casualty as series regular paramedic Norman Burnton, as well as featured roles in shows including Coronation Street, Waking the Dead, Three Girls, Clone, Episodes, Doctors, The Outlaws and This England for SKY Atlantic, and feature films Sideshow and Crowhurst. In theatre Adrian has worked for the Tobacco Factory, Bristol Old Vic, Swan Theatre and has toured the UK in productions of Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Adrian is also the creator and artistic director of Brass Works Theatre, originally a 90-seat venue in South Gloucestershire, and now a freelance producing company. As a writer, Adrian has a Master’s Degree (with Merit) in Screenwriting from Royal Holloway University of London, where he is a regular lecturer at their annual spring retreat. He was a committee member of Southwest Scriptwriters teaching workshops and developing new work.
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Adam Fuller
Lecturer in Acting and Performance Making

Adam is currently Creative Director of Front Room, a fringe theatre venue in Weston-super-Mare. Adam has worked as a Writer, Director and Performer on over 50 professional touring theatre shows in the last 20 years. He has made acclaimed work for both adults and families that has toured extensively in the U.K. and Europe, including some of the world’s most prestigious theatre festivals. As well as working with companies and venues such as Polka, BAC, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Travelling Light, The Egg, Bristol Old Vic and Jacksons Lane, Adam has worked regularly with companies such as The Wardrobe Theatre, Green Ginger, Pickled Image, Idiot Child, Kilter, Ramshacklicious, Soap Soup and many more.
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Maryanne Shire
Lecturer - Nursing and Health

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Roger King
Lecturer - Health & Social Care

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Kirsty Webber
Lecturer - Early Years

Kirsty teaches on UCW's Early Years and Education, Society and Childhood degree courses. Kirsty graduated from Bath Spa University with an honours degree in Early Years and is currently working towards completing her Masters qualification in Education at UWE. Kirsty works part-time and also leads a pre-school setting in North Somerset for children 2-5 years and has worked within the sector within various roles for over thirteen years. Kirsty has an academic interest in supporting children with additional needs, and is SENCO within the pre-school setting she leads. Kirsty is also interested in strategies to support staff and children's wellbeing.
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Liz Provis
VTA - Early Years & Education

Liz teaches on UCW Early Years Education and Education, Society and Childhood degree programmes. Liz is also placement co-ordinator supporting and observing students within their practice. Liz graduated from Bath Spa University with an Honours degree in Early Years Education and is currently working towards her Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at Falmouth University. Liz has worked within the early years sector as a nursery manager with a passion for delivering and valuing a child-centred approach and collaborative working practices. Liz has taught and supported early years students to achieve their apprenticeships. Liz believes in valuing the child's voice and supporting the unique child through play and a responsive pedagogy. Liz is looking to progress on to her Masters in Education in the future.
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Anna Larkin
Lecturer - Education, Society and Childhood

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Ellie Read
Curriculum Co-ordinator

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Jason Hillyerd
Curriculum Coordinator - Law & Business

Jason holds an MSc in Criminal Justice & Criminology and an LLB (Hons) Qualifying degree in Law. Jason has also attained Fellowship of the HEA (Higher Education Academy). Jason is Curriculum Co-ordinator for The Business FdA and LLB (Hons) programmes.  Jason delivers a number of core modules of the legal and business syllabus across different courses within UCW as well as various professional courses including CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development) and ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management).   Before coming to teaching Jason worked both in senior management and in the criminal justice sector.  
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Dan Pratlett
Lecturer in Business and Tourism

I have worked as a lecturer since 2014, where I started on a graduate internship. Having taught across several provision, mainly specialising in marketing-based modules. I have been teaching on UCW degree qualifications since 2018 and have managed modules including marketing, digital communications, and social media marketing. Previous to working at the college I worked at a school as an assistant business manager, and worked as a business consultant during my degree placement year at a motorhome dealership. I have also held several varying retail and leisure work roles and have supported several small businesses to start up and market. The business sector is constantly evolving, specifically marketing. The rise of digital media and the change in the way people communicate in the 21st century means that marketing must follow. Teaching and learning about an ever-changing system means that the subject is never the same one year to another. The most inspiring thing is the way our prepare learners for their next steps, leaving the college as well-rounded, employable young adults and being part of that journey.
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Dave LeFeurve
HE Lead for Construction Professions

I’ve been teaching now for the best part of 14 years across a range of institutions and levels, having taught most construction related subjects at some point. My passion is around design and planning projects, and I particularly love teaching the detailing and specification units, management units and legal and statutory responsibilities units. I know they are not everyone’s cup of tea, but for me these are the core fundamentals that underpin any construction project, and without them the project won’t run smoothly. Other than cutting edge design, I’m especially interested in large infrastructure projects, and am fortunate that we have Hinkley Point C, Gravity science park, HS2 etc all on our doorstep. Outside of teaching I love cooking (you’ll often get food related analogies in my lectures!) and drumming with my band.
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Michael Sims
Lecturer

Michael has taught across a range of courses over the last ten years and is now the course coordinator for the Art & Design Foundation course. He combines his work as interdisciplinary fine art lecturer with his own interdisciplinary creative practice at one of Bristol’s contemporary artist-led studios.   Michael’s approach is exploratory, and he encourages a mix of contemporary and traditional techniques. Boundaries between disciplines are fluid and solutions to ideas are sought through material exploration and visual metaphor. He advises students to get stuck into the range of multi-disciplinary practice, from drawing and sculpture to analogue film and immersive installation.   ‘The Foundation is full of magical moments where theory, practice and the creative output collide and produce wonderful creative responses. I know these moments will endure in the students and they will continue their creative journey way beyond our course.’ 
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Sam Brooks
Programme Coordinator - Photography

Sam has over 20 years of teaching experience in London and the South West. He holds a Master’s degree in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales. His practice includes documentary, fine art, and commercial photography. Sam has been involved with numerous photographic projects in the music industry. In addition to his role as Course Coordinator for Photography and Visual Culture at UCW, Sam has worked with University of South Wales as External Examiner.
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Rachel Hickie
Programme Coordinator - Dance for Commercial Performance

Rachel is currently the Program Co Ordinator for the Dance for Commercial Performance BA(hons) at UCW. She lecturers in dance and musical theatre, specialising in commercial. She has a Bsc(hons) degree in psychology and a MA in human resource management, specialising in training and development, from the University of the West of England. Whilst studying she found her passion for teaching, choreographing for their street dance competitions crews and winning coach of the year at her university in 2013. She had worked for a variety of university both nationally and internationally. She is an experienced choreographer, now teaching a number of competition teams who compete across the country. Her choreography has brought back many 1st place trophies over the years including at BDO, UDO and SDI street dance competitions. Her routines have also qualified for both World Championships and European Championships on a number of occasions across many competition organisations. Rachel teaches a variety of dance styles in educational contexts, including experience teaching a dance curriculum in schools. She is specialised in Waacking, House, Popping, Dancehall, Hip hop and Commercial, having studied these for many years.
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Joe Kennedy
Programme Coordinator - Dance for Commercial Performance

Joe trained at Italia Conti and worked for a number of years as a professional dancer. His credits include: Tap Specialist in Night of the Dance (Germany), Spirit of the Dance (UK Tour), Tap Specialist in Hot Legs (European Tour), Peter Pan (Millfield Theatre) and performances with Headliners Theatre Company on-board the P&O Aurora. He has also performed at a number of high profile corporate events and in adverts for Film 4, Pringles and Ford Mondeo. Joe has an MA in Dance Technique Pedagogy and holds his Fellowship Modern and Licentiate Tap with the ISTD. He has taught and choreographed jazz, tap and contemporary for a number of professional colleges including Creative Academy, Italia Conti, Morea Performing Arts, Brit School, CPA Studios and D&B College. He now teaches at a number of schools and colleges across the south west.
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Sylvia Lane
Section Lead - Performance

Sylvia is currently the HE Section Leader Performance at University Centre Weston (UCW). She oversees the BA Hons degrees in Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Dance for Commercial Performance which are validated by Bath Spa University. Sylvia holds a graduate diploma in Musical Theatre and Theatre Dance from the London Studio Centre, a PGCE from Bath Spa University and most recently, completed a MA Professional Practice in Higher Education at Bath Spa University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is an accomplished singing/voice coach but also teaches ballet and jazz technique, fitness, physical theatre and movement for theatrical practice. Sylvia regularly attends industry events to keep up to date with recent developments and has many high profile connections in the world of show business. Sylvia has over 20 years’ experience on the professional stage as a singer, dancer and actor. Originally from Munich, her career began with the Munich National Opera and credits include Lead Dancer/Singer for “Spirit of the Dance”, roles in tours including “A Chorus Line”, “Chicago”, “Starting here, Starting now”, “West Side Story”; she performed as Lead Production Singer on major cruise ships, and appeared in TV programmes and dance videos internationally.
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James Summerhayes
Lecturer

James has worked in education for 24 years in various roles including primary teacher, specialist teacher in working with young people with attachment disorder, SEN teacher and HE lecturer. He also works as a BACP registered counsellor at Weston College and in private practice. In recent years James has specialised in counselling young people with learning differences who have experienced developmental trauma and/or anxiety and depression, complicated grief and other related mental health problems. In HE, James teaches students on the BA (Hons) Special Education Needs, Disability & Inclusive Practice degree course where he delivers modules related to counselling skills, psychology of learning and attachment and trauma.
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Edith Thew
Curriculum Co-ordinator

Edith is the Curriculum Co-ordinator for Nursing at UCW. Her professional background is in Adult Nursing, and she is a registered Adult Nurse - specialising in Palliative Care and District Nursing. Edith is still currently in practice - maintaining her clinical competency. She has been with UCW since 2021 and has helped nurture the Trainee Nurse Associate programme into an innovative, industry-relevant programme which celebrates learner’s differences and provides appropriate, timely support.
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Beky Humphries
Lecturer

A professional dancer and choreographer based in London. Beky teaches at UCW on the commercial dance course as well as at The Big Act and a weekly open class at Base Dance Studios, whilst currently working in the industry as a dancer and choreographer herself. Signed with 3 Rings agency as both a creative and a choreographer, Beky runs their female agency auditions.  Dance credits include: The Platinum jubilee festival, Felix Jaehn, Sony, Paul Mitchell, Funky pigeon, Trend vision UK tour and she works closely with Christina Andrea, Sharon June, Briony Albert, Gaz Davis and more.  Choreography credits include: LOREAL, The Big Platinum Jubilee festival, Move it MainStage and Crooked colours.
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Joe Miller
Lecturer - Performing Arts

Joe made the career move from professional dancer to lecturer in 2018 by joining the team at UCW and Weston College. Joe made his professional debut in “Spirit of the Dance” in 1999 and danced the lead of role of Danny Boy, soon taking on the role of Dance Captain, Company Manager, Choreographer and Resident Director for Spirit Productions Ltd. Other performance credits include: “Broadway! A Star Spangled Celebration” (USA), “One World” (UK Tour), “The Osmond’s Christmas Spectacular” (USA), “Tap Dance Fever” (Israel Tour), “Red Hot Broadway” (China Tour), “New Jersey Nights” (UK, Australian and China Tour), “The 12 Tenors” (China Tour), “Shake, Rattle n’ Roll” (USA), “Hooray for Hollywood” (USA) and “Spirit of the Dance” (World Tour), amongst many others. Joe has worked with a variety of celebrities during his career such as Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, Pink and Barbara Windsor and has also choreographed and featured on “The X-Factor” (Israel). Choreography credits include: “Sister Act the Musical” (Theatre Royal, Windsor), “Spirit of the Dance” (World Tour), “A Christmas Carol” (Theatre Royal, Windsor) and “Revolution” (Israel Arena Tour). Since becoming a lecturer at UCW, Joe has excelled in his teaching qualifications and is thrilled to be able to pass on his skills and knowledge
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Abigail Green
Lecturer - Voice, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre

Abigail is currently Head of Voice and Singing at University Centre Weston (UCW). Abigail teaches on the BA Hons degrees in Musical Theatre, Dance for Commercial Performance and Acting and Performance Making. Abigail has also worked as a guest lecturer at other institutions around the UK. Abigail is currently studying for her Doctor of Education focusing on the vocal education of performing undergraduates. Abigail holds a BEd Mus (Hons) from the University of Plymouth, a MEd from the University of the West of England and is an Estill Master Trainer (EMT). She is also a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the British Voice Association. Abigail is a self-confessed voice anorak, with a passion for the human voice and its development. Abigail is fascinated by vocal research and vocal scientific developments and regularly attends and presents her research at courses, summits and symposiums in both the UK, Europe and Australia. Abigail is committed to instilling confidence in her students and believe everyone can sing; it is just a matter of giving them the tools to do so!
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Bakr Al-Azzawi
Lecturer - Civil Engineering

Background: - Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering / 1999. - Master’s degree in structural engineering/ 2002. - PhD degree in engineering/ 2018. I am working as a lecturer in civil engineering in the BACE faculty. I am an individual that strives to achieve to the best of my abilities at all times. I had my PhD degree in engineering from Cardiff University in 2018. My study was about the fatigue of reinforced concrete beams retrofitted with ultra-high-performance fibre- reinforced concrete. Experiences: I have a deep knowledge and experience in: - Construction of reinforced concrete structures. - A good experience in the construction of steel structures. - Different concrete testing. - A very good experience in surveying sector (setting out and topography).
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Francis Ekechukwu
Lecturer – Civil Engineering

Francis is a registered engineer with The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN and a graduate member of the institution of civil engineers, ICE. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA. Francis has been involved with civil engineering practice in Nigeria before moving to the UK and currently keeps in touch with the built environment industry. In the recent past, he completed Education Trust Fund (ETF)-funded industry exposures at Skanska-Costain-Strabag joint Venture (SCS JV) which is delivering the HS2 Main Civil Contracts in the midlands and with a South-West England twin-company, Morgan Structural Limited and Avocets Civil Limited. Francis has an avid interest in digital technologies, sustainability and 'greener' infrastructures, mathematical modelling and data analytics in civil engineering and is currently researching the applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in blue green infrastructures. He has some academic publications to his credit.
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Vicki King
Programme Co-ordinator - Graphic Design

Vicki is an Art & Design professional with over 20 years of teaching experience both in education & industry. Since completing her Masters degree at Wimbledon College of Art she has evolved her wide range of design skills by working with arts organisations on their online presence, and spent 8 years as a digital arts trainer for Apple (making the most of some amazing travel opportunities!). Vicki specialises in the Graphic Arts, exploring illustration, printmaking and digital media in her own work.
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Susie Score
Curriculum Co-ordinator - Early Years

Susie Score is the Curriculum Co-ordinator for Education and Early Years. She teaches on the BA Early Years Education and BA Education, Society and Childhood at UCW. Susie graduated from Plymouth University with a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, she also holds a Masters degree in Early Years Education with UCL. Susie has focused on language and literacy development and the early years professional role within her research, and has a particular interest in promoting social justice.
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Beth Norman
Programme Co-ordinator - Biological Laboratory Sciences

Beth Norman graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 with a BSc. in Zoology and immediately progressed onto Cardiff University's PGCE (Post-16 PCET) post-graduate degree to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. During this PGCE year, Beth was placed at Coleg Sir Gar, a further education college in South West Wales, where she was offered a permanent lecturing position once qualified. During this time, Beth taught on the Access to Higher Education course and immediately fell in love with this life-changing qualification. Beth spent the next six years within Coleg Sir Gar and became a key figure in the coordination of the course. Over two successive years, Beth had a learner win the Access to Higher Education Learner of the Year Award for the whole of Wales, with the winner of 2016/2017 going on to be runner up for the prestigious Keith Fletcher Award for Access Learner of the Year for the whole of the UK; where she delivered a speech at the Houses of Parliament. Beth's commitment to Access to Higher Education was identified by the awarding body for Access in Wales, Agored Cymru, where she became a key part of their external verification team in 2016 and later became a lead external verifier in 2017. In September 2018, Beth joined the lecturing team at Weston College to deliver
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Alison Hayman
Lecturer

Alison Hayman graduated with a BSc degree in Biochemistry and Biology from the University of London (Westfield College). She undertook a CASE studentship between Queen Mary College and The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry in 1986. She then undertook three consecutive positions as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at 1) St George’s Hospital Medical School, London (research - purification and characterisation of the enzyme tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) from human bone tumours); 2) The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich (research – genomic cloning of chicken collagen genes); 3) The University of Cambridge (research – gene expression of TRAP using baculovirus in insect cells and the subsequent purification and crystallisation of the recombinant protein). In 1993 Alison was awarded a research fellowship from the Arthritis Research Campaign and was made a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Medicine at Cambridge. In a collaborative project she demonstrated that TRAP had an important role in the growth and development of bones and in the maintenance of the adult skeleton. In 2000 Alison was appointed Lecturer in Connective Tissue Biology in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science at the University of Bris
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Kari Nygard
Lecturer

Kari Nygard is an artist filmmaker and animator with over 20 years' experience teaching lens-based media- and art and design within Higher Education. She has considerable experience as an animation lead for a variety of production companies and charities, alongside work in film exhibition and curation, in the UK and abroad. Research interests are in contemporary cinematic forms and expanded media, with her own practice across digital & analogue formats. She is also commitment to her work at The Cube Cinema in Bristol.
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Simon Taylor
Lecturer

Simon Taylor is a practicing Ceramic Artist, lecturing and tutoring in Higher Education. Simon exhibits through several national ceramic galleries, being represented by St Ives ceramics and The Stratford Gallery and has a growing international reputation. Simon practices from his studio in Weston’s Old Town Quary. Current Research practice investigates the experimental firing of the ancient and alternative ‘Anagama’ Woodfired Kiln. His teaching uses a rich blend of creative enthusiasm mixed with his passion and current activities as an Artist/maker.
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Fiona Philp
Performance and Acting Lecturer

Fiona is a trained Performer and Performance and Acting Lecturer. Fiona's passion lies in running creative courses for young people in performance and theatre making. Having trained at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech & Drama she has 13 years of experience in the sector, from performing, teaching, directing, and devising in and around London, and the South West. Fiona took on a performer in-residence role at The Theatre Delicatessen, one of the capitals most exciting and vibrant performing arts organisations. She began her teaching career at The Brit School of Performing Arts, London. She has facilitated theatre education programmes at Theatro Technis, Camden and led a Drama humanitarian project for Art in Tanzania, Africa. Performing in original devised work as well as directing and coordinating events for Fringe Theatre Festivals, and Creative Youth Network, Bristol, Fiona was the deviser director, and performer of her own theatre company T.B.C. Fiona is in her 7th year of teaching and directing plays on the Performing Arts course at Weston College and a new addition to the UCW team teaching on the Degree in Performance Making and Acting.
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Eloise Hodder
Programme Coordinator - Performing Arts

Eloise Hodder is the HE Programme Co-ordinator for BA (Hons) Performing Arts - Acting at University Centre Weston (UCW). Eloise delivers on the BA Hons degree in Performing Arts which is validated by Bath Spa University.  Eloise also works as a guest lecturer and examiner both nationally and internationally encompassing a range of institutions from The Brit School, to consultant Actor/Director at L’Ecole d’Architecture Universite de Montreal. Eloise trained as an actor and holds BA (Hons) from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Franchise University of South Wales) and has a Postgraduate Diploma from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Applied Theatre specialising in Directing. Eloise is also a member of Royal Academy of Dance and the Institute for Learning. Eloise is an actor, director, interdisciplinary performer and educator. She has worked as the director/creator of Trapped (Donmar and Endeavour), received the Jack Petchey Youth Community Project Award for Delicate Rose tour and has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for Gannin’ Yem. Eloise has been an Education Associate for the Donmar, Bush Theatre and Michael Grandage Theatre Company.
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Sarah Leaney
Lecturer - Animal Management

Sarah studied Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University of North Wales, Bangor. Following this she worked at Cadbury Garden and Leisure in the pets and aquatics section caring for a range of animals. She then transferred to Plymouth and studied for an MRes in Aquatic Ecotoxicology, whilst continuing to work for the Garden and Leisure Group. Her research project on using a range of starfish as biomarkers of environmental pollution was presented at the UK Environmental Mutagen conference in Aberdeen. Sarah then moved to Weymouth and started working at Weymouth Sealife Park and Marine Sanctuary. She and her team of aquarists were responsible for the health and welfare of a range of different aquatic animals including; seals, penguins, sharks, otters and seahorses. During her time there she was involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of a number of sea turtles, of which 2 were successfully released back into the wild. Sarah then made the move into teaching and has taught on a range of A-level, BTEC, adult access and undergraduate programmes over the last 12 years.
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Julie Way
Lecturer - Animal Science

Julie studied at Hartpury College (UWE) and gained a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science. Her specialist areas of study are animal ethics and welfare as well as animal behaviour. Julie’s dissertation at UWE was based around educating people with regards to animal welfare so is more than equipped to deliver a wide range of modules on the Foundation Degree. Julie will be teaching on the Principles of Animal Behaviour module where she can showcase and share her wealth of knowledge regarding this are of study.
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Sam Stokes
Lecturer - Games & Animation

Sam, a new teacher to University Centre Weston’s games and animation production course, is fresh from the games development industry with up-to-date knowledge of industry techniques and practices. Sam has a degree in games and animation production which he completed at University Centre Weston a few years back. Specializing in 3D animation for game production and having experience animating a wide range of character models and styles. Before joining the University, Sam worked at Titan Roc Games and Meteor Pixel, creating animations for both studios respectively.
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Tara O'Hare
Lecturer - Hair Makeup and Prosthetics

Tara has been a make-up and prosthetic artist in industry for over 20 years and has a varied background of skills. Tara’s resume includes companies she has worked at such as Madame Tussauds, BBC’s Casualty, IAC Film Festival and the International Sundance awards. With a passion for teaching and learning excellence, Tara has been delivering courses in hair, makeup and prosthetic's for over 12 years in a variety of educational settings. Sporting a keen interest in competition work, Tara has been part of a judging team for UK Skills competitions, comprising of both Theatrical Hair and Media makeup. In a drive to ensure the best standards for our students, Tara is due to commence her MA in Prosthetics and sculpting with Falmouth University in Sept 2022.
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Sandy Day
HE Programme Co-ordinator - Hair Makeup & Prosthetics for Production

Sandy has been working in industry for over 25 years. Having initially trained in Barbering, Hairdressing and Media Makeup, the skills needed in industry over the years have meant that continuous training and upskilling have been imperative to her success. Sandy has freelanced across the UK, Canada and Europe. She has currently been working in education for 11 years and has been at UCW for 7 years. During that time, Sandy has seen an increased demand for Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics specialisms from a variety of employers. To provide the best opportunities academically for our students Sandy has completed a Masters degree in Education with University of the West of England.
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Hannah Carstensen
Lecturer in Business & Tourism

"Weston College really changed my perspective on education" Meet Hannah, when I left school, I wasn’t confident about my own ability, I have now graduated with a First Class Degree and completed 6 months in my new roles as a business lecturer.
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Nahum Kidan
Lecturer - Public and Environmental Health

Nahum is a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner and spent his early career in local government working in commercial environmental health, later focusing specifically on food safety.  Prior to joining University Centre Weston (UCW), Nahum was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England (UWE) where he was part of a small team which developed the MSc Environmental Health (Distance Learning) programme. Nahum has also acquired experience in the Civil Service, at both Defra and the FSA, where he was engaged in EU Exit work and legislative development. 
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Mark Hardwick
Programme Co-ordinator - Public and Environmental Health

Mark is the Programme Co-ordinator for the BSc (Hons) Environmental Health Practitioner, and the BSc (Hons) Public and Environmental Health, teaching on both programmes at UCW. He was appointed as a permanent member of staff in January 2018. Mark has twenty years’ teaching experience with other institutions, having taught on a range of programmes from Foundation Degree to Masters level in subjects including Environmental Health, Public Health, Nursing, and Sports Sciences. Mark has held positions with The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), specifically Vice-Chair of the South West Region, Secretary of the Cornwall Branch, and is an appointed research mentor for CIEH. Mark is also a member of the Royal Society for Public Health, and External Examiner for the MSc Environmental Health, and MSc Acoustics at Leeds Beckett University. 
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David Beresford
Advanced Practitioner and Lecturer

David was a Royal Marine for 13 years, specialising as a Physical Training Instructor. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Iraq, where he commanded a section of troops in a fighting company. He is a qualified Mountain Leader and teaches map reading and compass work. David’s main academic interests are in the subjects of strength and conditioning.
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Sarah Adams
Lecturer - Sport

Sarah is the module leader for our Sports & Football Coaching Modules. Holding a BSc (Hons) Degree in Football Performance, Sarah has worked in professional football clubs, coaching in academy and community settings. Her teaching career started at Bristol City FC with the post-16 scholars, which then led her to develop a new female education programme at Ashton Gate Stadium. After a further year as Head of Coaching, Sarah joined UCW to focus on her teaching career alongside running the female football and futsal academy programmes. Sarah also works for the Football Association, tutoring Level 1 and Level 2 futsal courses. Futsal is a passion of hers, and she has coached and played for Super League clubs and even won The FA Cup in 2016 with Bristol City FC.
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Susannah Scott
Programme Coordinator, Popular Music

Susannah has more than 15 years’ experience of the music industry and teaching students. She is Grade 8 at piano, enjoys writing, arranging and directing music for choirs, and has toured and performed with a number of different bands. Susannah has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Honours degree in Music, both from Cardiff University.
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Lee Sullivan
Curriculum Coordinator - Music

Prior to commencing a career in teaching in 1998, Lee worked as a professional session musician, musical director and studio engineer. He has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide, working for organisations such as Mecca, Rank, the Hilton Hotel Group and P&O, and has also worked for numerous theatre companies as a pit musician and musical director. Lee’s main areas of interest and specialisms include sound design, composing for film and TV, electro and acoustic composition, technology-driven performance and the design of computer-based performance environments. Lee is an Apple Certified Logic Studio Master Trainer and was also awarded the coveted status of Ableton Certified Trainer in 2009. He also has an Honours degree in Creative Music Technology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
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Jamie Dormer-Durling
Programme Coordinator/Lecturer

Jamie is the programme coordinator for the BA (Hons) Art & Design. He has worked in Higher Education for over a decade teaching across photography, lens-based media and art & design pathways. He has a degree in photography and completed his MA in Graphic Arts (with distinction) in 2017. His personal work investigates the dynamics of knowledge and power with interests in how we learn, how we are taught, the nature of knowledge and how our understanding of the world informs class struggle and identity politics. He often works between museum spaces and field studies exploring the relationships we have to the objects that are used to narrate our cultural histories.
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Mark Helyar
Lecturer - Performing Arts

Mark is a theatre director, author, lecturer and musician. He is currently co-director of theatre at Take Art, an Arts Council NPO, where one of his priorities is to support an increase in the quality, diversity and scale of theatre made and presented across Somerset. He has also been artistic director and chief executive of two touring companies: Hampshire-based Proteus and Croydon-based West 28th Street. Mark has commissioned and directed several rural touring shows, and composed the scores for and and musically-directed numerous productions for companies ranging from the Theatre Royal, Winchester, to the Actors’ Theatre of Manhattan. He is also the author of Rising from the Dust: India’s Hidden Voices. Mark has a Combined Honours Degree in Music and English from Birmingham University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Theatre Directing from the British Theatre Association and in Theatre and Education from the Central School of Speech and Drama.
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John Dickinson
Lecturer in Performing Arts

John has worked extensively as an actor and director with many professional companies. He held the position of Artistic Director at both Belgrade Theatre in Education and Humberside Theatre in Education. He has also worked with many companies as a freelance director, including: Travelling Light, C&T, Worcester, Big Brum, Big Fish, Theatr Powys, the Masken Theater in Denmark, the Commonwealth Institute and the Hull Truck Theatre Company. He has taught and directed undergraduate and postgraduate students in both small and large scale productions, and is interested in the relationship between actor and audience and the development of new sites and processes for performance. John graduated from the Institute of Developmental Transformations, and is Chair of the British Association of Dramatherapists.
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Sam Mayhew
Head of Faculty for Image and Inclusive Practice

Sam has more than 15 years’ experience working with students with learning difficulties and disabilities and has held a number of roles with the Weston College Group. She has been teaching on UCW’s Foundation degree in Inclusive Practice since its launch in 2006. Sam has an Honour’s degree in Social and Professional Studies: Learning Difficulties, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and has also completed the ILM Leadership and Management programme.
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Louise Lynn
Curriculum Coordinator in Health and Social Care

Louise has been a Registered General Nurse since 1997, specialising in coronary care. As well as working in the UK, she also has experience of working internationally in Portugal and in a military hospital in Cyprus. Louise holds an Honours degree in Health and Social Care from the Open University and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education, and is working towards a Master’s degree in Education, with a focus on audio feedback.
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Craig Smith
Lecturer - Computer Animation for Game and Film

Craig has an Honours degree in Computer Game Design from the University of Central Lancashire and worked for Electronic Arts for two years on titles including ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’, ‘Warhammer Online’, ‘Ultima Online’ and ‘Dark Age of Camelot’. He is currently working on his own video game, which he hopes to release in the next few years.
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Richard Edkins
Programme Co-ordinator - Lens Based Media

Richard has been teaching disciplines in media and film at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for several years, and looks to bring experimental approaches to image-making; incorporating still and moving images within his teaching and his involvement in the wider expressive media arts environment. Richard is also an accomplished filmmaker, photographer and visual artist, and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Please visit richardedkins.co.uk to find out more.
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Ross Bliss
Curriculum Co-ordinator - Film, Photography & Game

Ross is the Media Director of Redshift Ltd, a design and content production agency with a diverse portfolio of clients including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Co-operative Group, the Association of British Health Industries and Grand Designs Live. He also produces narrative films, with shorts appearing regularly at various international film festivals. Actors who got early breaks in these films have gone on to appear in Mad Men, Thunderbirds, Green Wing, The Tudors, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, RocknRolla and Transformers. In 2015 he produced the feature film High Tide which played in cinemas nationwide. Ross regularly provided guest lectures on film at various institutions across the country before becoming a part of the media team at UCW in 2015.
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Lauren Pring
Lecturer - Early Years

Lauren teaches on UCW’s Early Years and Education, Society & Childhood degree courses. Lauren graduated from Bath Spa University with an Honours degree in Early Years Education and holds a postgraduate teaching qualification in Higher Education. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently studying for a Masters qualification in Education. Lauren has a background in teaching early years education as a childminder and worked as a lead practitioner for the local authority mentoring students and practitioners. Lauren believes in the importance of a child-centre approach to education, one that is committed to learning through play. Her areas of academic interest include the development of playful pedagogies and reflective processes in education.
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Kyle Davies
Programme Co-ordinator - Acting and Musical Theatre

Kyle has worked extensively as a freelance director in the US and UK and is the associate director of the State of Play Theatre. Recent directing credits include A Christmas Carol starring Paul Nicholas at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool; Puss in Boots and Cinderella at the York Theatre Royal’s De Grey Ballroom; The Fantasist’s Waltz, The Revenge of Mr Trout! and The Unholy Trinity for the State of Play Theatre; and RashDash’s The Ugly Sisters at the Soho Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse. In New York, his work as a director includes the development and world premiere reading of Howard Emanuel’s Last Supper, Survived By… at Theatre for a New City, and the creation of the cabaret review There Goes the Ballgame: The Music of Kander and Ebb for two of New York’s preeminent cabaret venues, The Duplex and Don’t Tell Mama’s. Kyle worked as an assistant director on the Emmy Award-winning production of Sondheim’s Passion, and his direction on The Ugly Sisters was nominated for a Total Theatre Award in 2012. Along with receiving a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, he attended L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and is also a graduate of their Laboratoire d’Étude du Mouvement.
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Ian Shipton
Programme Co-ordinator

Ian holds a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing from Loughborough College of Art, and is currently studying for an MA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University. He has had a varied career producing public artworks and show gardens at Hampton Court Flower Show, alongside jewellery commissions and a wide variety of exhibitions. Ian has a particular specialism in public scuplture, taking commissions from celebrities such as Michel Roux and members of the House of Lords.
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Dr Paul Thirkell
Lecturer

Paul Thirkell is an artist and educator with a particular specialisation in print. He is an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Printmakers and honourary member of Germany’s Lichtdruck (collotype) Association. Paul studied and practised printmaking in Australia during the 1970’s and 80’s before relocating to the UK in the mid-1990’s. He was awarded a practice-based doctorate from the University of the West of England, Bristol, in 2000 for his research in integrating digital imaging techniques with rare 19th-century printing processes such as photogravure, collotype and woodburytype to assist fine art print production. Since completing his doctorate, Paul has been active in producing and exhibiting his prints both nationally and internationally,
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Craig Logue
Technician - Performing Arts

Craig is our Performing Arts technician. He has always had a keen interest in Music and lighting technology and holds a BSc in Media technology and an MSc in advanced audio production, both from the University of South Wales. Craig has previous experience as a performer, releasing his own music via Spotify and iTunes among others as well as working in event production for a large Canadian AV company.
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Sean Shearing
Programme Coordinator - Degree Apprenticeships Computing

Sean is the primary software lecturer at UCW. He graduated from Bath University with a First Class Honours Degree in Applied Computing. After graduating he went on to work as a Software Developer Specialising in the C# and ASP.Net applications. He has also worked with a number of companies requiring Penetration Testing, Mobile Application Development and Desktop Application Development using a variety of languages and working with large teams of Developers. After four years working in the sector, Sean opted for a career change, and brings his industry experience into the class room to prepare students for the world of work.
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Jason Hill
Curriculum Coordinator - Computing

Jason graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Applied Computing and then went on to form his own business, Logical View Solutions, where he delivered marketing and web development projects for a number of prestigious clients. After a successful spell in industry, Jason turned to education and has been lecturing at UCW for almost a decade. Jason is also responsible for our World Skills success in Website Development, teaching and coaching learners through the competition process at a national level.
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Ben Hobbs
Lecturer - Computing

Ben earned a First Class Honours degree in Applied Computing ay UCW before taking up his teaching role and also has a background in student mentoring. He used his IT skills to help students at the Music Makers Academy record songs and set up concerts, and is particularly interested in computer animation, website development and software development.
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Gill Cook
Programme Coordinator - Animal Management

Gill studied at Hartpury University where she gained a BSc in Equine Science before going on to gain her BHS AI qualification and qualifying for the BHS Register of Instructors. After working for a welfare charity, which involved rescuing and rehabilitating horses as well as being head of staff training, Gill started at Weston College in 2007. Gill gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and has an MA in Education. Gill is responsible for managing the G95 Learning and Teaching Module on the PG-Cert and the Foundation Degree programmes in Equine and Animal Management as well as teaching Further and Higher Education and holding quality assurance roles within teaching observation and support. Gill is also a Higher Education Learning and Teaching Mentor and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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Vicki Moth
Technical Demonstrator in Science

I have a BSc Hons degree in Food Technology from Reading University. I went to work for Yeo Valley as a graduate and stayed for 19 years. I worked in lots of different roles at Yeo Valley: Packing Hall Supervisor, Product Development Technologist, Technical Projects Technologist, and finally as the company Packaging Technologist . After unfortunately being made redundant had to have a career rethink so decided to go into education as a Design & Technology Technician at Broadoak Academy supporting Food Technology and Textiles Technology, I did that for 6 years before getting current role as Higher Education Science Technician at UCW in 2018. I was promoted to the role of Technical Demonstrator in 2022.
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      Claire Plews
      Curriculum Coordinator - Counselling

      Claire has been in private practice as a solution-focused psychotherapist and supervisor since 2002. She has a Master’s Degree in the Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol and a BSc(hons) in Sociology and Psychology from Plymouth University. Over the last 20 years Claire has also gained a large wealth of experience in teaching psychology and delivering training to counselling professionals, both for local organisations and universities, has taught on the FdSc and BSc(hons) counselling programmes since 2017. Claire’s particular interests lie in the area of anxiety disorders and early intervention within mental health and education. For over a decade Claire has taught extensively on a nationwide CPD programme focusing on OCD and CBT interventions and has fronted an initiative for local health professionals for early intervention in mental disorders. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice from UWE, is a fellow of Advance HE and is in her fifth year of studying for a Doctorate in Education at the University of Bristol exploring adolescent perceptions of mental health provision in education.
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      Matt Thacker
      Lecturer - Counselling

      Matt works in private practice as a counsellor and supervisor and has a small private practice. Matt has a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies, a Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a postgraduate certificate in Supervision, and an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice in which he conducted research exploring white psychotherapists attitudes towards their own racial identity. He works integratively, and has a particular interest in bereavement work, working with trauma, and working with men. Matt is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in academic practice at Liverpool University.
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      Siouxsie Bytheway
      Lecturer in Counselling

      Siouxsie has a private practice providing integrative counselling to children, young people and adults in Cheltenham and Stroud town centres. She has an FdSc and BSc in Counselling from University Centre Weston, a Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents from Iron Mill College, and an MSc in Psychology and Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods from the University Gloucestershire. Prior to qualifying as counsellor, Siouxsie worked across a range of mental health and social housing settings in Southwest England, roles including Housing Officer, Anti-Social Behaviour Officer and managing Gypsy/Travelers sites for the local authority. She is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Gloucestershire undertaking research exploring intimate partner violence and abuse in queer relationships.
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      Penny Osborne
      HE Lecturer in Counselling

      Penny is a registered psychotherapist and applied behaviour analyst who works within a person-centred framework. In her practice she combines Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) principles with body-based movement practices to develop and further clients’ social, emotional, and behavioural health and wellbeing. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy from Canterbury Christ Church University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Care from the University of the West of England and a BSc (hons) Degree in Counselling Psychology from Southampton Solent University. Over the last 18 years Penny has worked with children and adolescents in home and school settings, online with adult carers and siblings of looked-after children, and provided 1-1 and group therapy within addictions counselling and outpatient services.  Her interests lie in the areas of anxiety, developmental disorders, trauma, PTSD, and medically unexplained symptoms. Penny has guest spoken at PhD seminars and academic conferences and is in her 5th year of studying for a Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Middlesex University exploring therapist experiences and perceptions of working online.
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      Steve Heigham
      Lecturer - Counselling

      Steve has taught counselling at UCW since 2005 part time, at level 2, level 3, Diploma and foundation degree level. He has a degree in teaching (BEd), a degree in Psychology (BSc), an Advanced Post graduate diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, and an MSc in Evolutionary psychology. He was a special needs teacher for 22 years before lecturing in Psychology and counselling in further and higher education colleges. Steve has a small private practice in Bristol, offering Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and integrative counselling. He is also a volunteer counsellor for HELP organisation. Steve is currently developing his research interest and practice on empathy and its evolutionary origins.
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      Rachel Britton
      HE Counselling Work Placement coordinator

      Rachel has a small private practice working with adults. She has an FDSC and BSC in Counselling from University Centre Weston. Rachel has contributed to re designing both the Level 2 and 3 Counselling Programmes at Weston College and has taught on both and the partnership courses at the University of the West of England for the last 4 academic years. Rachel has completed her Level 4 Teaching and Learning Diploma and is currently undertaking her Level 5 Diploma with City and Guilds.
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      Adrian Harris
      Lecturer in Acting and Performance Making

      Adrian is an actor, director and writer. He trained as an actor at ALRA London (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Acting from ALRA, a National Certificate in Acting from Trinity College London, and a LAMDA Gold Medal in Acting. He has worked extensively across film and TV, including 25 episodes of BBC’s Casualty as series regular paramedic Norman Burnton, as well as featured roles in shows including Coronation Street, Waking the Dead, Three Girls, Clone, Episodes, Doctors, The Outlaws and This England for SKY Atlantic, and feature films Sideshow and Crowhurst. In theatre Adrian has worked for the Tobacco Factory, Bristol Old Vic, Swan Theatre and has toured the UK in productions of Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Adrian is also the creator and artistic director of Brass Works Theatre, originally a 90-seat venue in South Gloucestershire, and now a freelance producing company. As a writer, Adrian has a Master’s Degree (with Merit) in Screenwriting from Royal Holloway University of London, where he is a regular lecturer at their annual spring retreat. He was a committee member of Southwest Scriptwriters teaching workshops and developing new work.
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      Adam Fuller
      Lecturer in Acting and Performance Making

      Adam is currently Creative Director of Front Room, a fringe theatre venue in Weston-super-Mare. Adam has worked as a Writer, Director and Performer on over 50 professional touring theatre shows in the last 20 years. He has made acclaimed work for both adults and families that has toured extensively in the U.K. and Europe, including some of the world’s most prestigious theatre festivals. As well as working with companies and venues such as Polka, BAC, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Travelling Light, The Egg, Bristol Old Vic and Jacksons Lane, Adam has worked regularly with companies such as The Wardrobe Theatre, Green Ginger, Pickled Image, Idiot Child, Kilter, Ramshacklicious, Soap Soup and many more.
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      Maryanne Shire
      Lecturer - Nursing and Health

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      Roger King
      Lecturer - Health & Social Care

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      Kirsty Webber
      Lecturer - Early Years

      Kirsty teaches on UCW's Early Years and Education, Society and Childhood degree courses. Kirsty graduated from Bath Spa University with an honours degree in Early Years and is currently working towards completing her Masters qualification in Education at UWE. Kirsty works part-time and also leads a pre-school setting in North Somerset for children 2-5 years and has worked within the sector within various roles for over thirteen years. Kirsty has an academic interest in supporting children with additional needs, and is SENCO within the pre-school setting she leads. Kirsty is also interested in strategies to support staff and children's wellbeing.
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      Liz Provis
      VTA - Early Years & Education

      Liz teaches on UCW Early Years Education and Education, Society and Childhood degree programmes. Liz is also placement co-ordinator supporting and observing students within their practice. Liz graduated from Bath Spa University with an Honours degree in Early Years Education and is currently working towards her Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at Falmouth University. Liz has worked within the early years sector as a nursery manager with a passion for delivering and valuing a child-centred approach and collaborative working practices. Liz has taught and supported early years students to achieve their apprenticeships. Liz believes in valuing the child's voice and supporting the unique child through play and a responsive pedagogy. Liz is looking to progress on to her Masters in Education in the future.
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      Anna Larkin
      Lecturer - Education, Society and Childhood

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      Ellie Read
      Curriculum Co-ordinator

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      Jason Hillyerd
      Curriculum Coordinator - Law & Business

      Jason holds an MSc in Criminal Justice & Criminology and an LLB (Hons) Qualifying degree in Law. Jason has also attained Fellowship of the HEA (Higher Education Academy). Jason is Curriculum Co-ordinator for The Business FdA and LLB (Hons) programmes.  Jason delivers a number of core modules of the legal and business syllabus across different courses within UCW as well as various professional courses including CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development) and ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management).   Before coming to teaching Jason worked both in senior management and in the criminal justice sector.  
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      Dan Pratlett
      Lecturer in Business and Tourism

      I have worked as a lecturer since 2014, where I started on a graduate internship. Having taught across several provision, mainly specialising in marketing-based modules. I have been teaching on UCW degree qualifications since 2018 and have managed modules including marketing, digital communications, and social media marketing. Previous to working at the college I worked at a school as an assistant business manager, and worked as a business consultant during my degree placement year at a motorhome dealership. I have also held several varying retail and leisure work roles and have supported several small businesses to start up and market. The business sector is constantly evolving, specifically marketing. The rise of digital media and the change in the way people communicate in the 21st century means that marketing must follow. Teaching and learning about an ever-changing system means that the subject is never the same one year to another. The most inspiring thing is the way our prepare learners for their next steps, leaving the college as well-rounded, employable young adults and being part of that journey.
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      Dave LeFeurve
      HE Lead for Construction Professions

      I’ve been teaching now for the best part of 14 years across a range of institutions and levels, having taught most construction related subjects at some point. My passion is around design and planning projects, and I particularly love teaching the detailing and specification units, management units and legal and statutory responsibilities units. I know they are not everyone’s cup of tea, but for me these are the core fundamentals that underpin any construction project, and without them the project won’t run smoothly. Other than cutting edge design, I’m especially interested in large infrastructure projects, and am fortunate that we have Hinkley Point C, Gravity science park, HS2 etc all on our doorstep. Outside of teaching I love cooking (you’ll often get food related analogies in my lectures!) and drumming with my band.
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      Michael Sims
      Lecturer

      Michael has taught across a range of courses over the last ten years and is now the course coordinator for the Art & Design Foundation course. He combines his work as interdisciplinary fine art lecturer with his own interdisciplinary creative practice at one of Bristol’s contemporary artist-led studios.   Michael’s approach is exploratory, and he encourages a mix of contemporary and traditional techniques. Boundaries between disciplines are fluid and solutions to ideas are sought through material exploration and visual metaphor. He advises students to get stuck into the range of multi-disciplinary practice, from drawing and sculpture to analogue film and immersive installation.   ‘The Foundation is full of magical moments where theory, practice and the creative output collide and produce wonderful creative responses. I know these moments will endure in the students and they will continue their creative journey way beyond our course.’ 
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      Sam Brooks
      Programme Coordinator - Photography

      Sam has over 20 years of teaching experience in London and the South West. He holds a Master’s degree in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales. His practice includes documentary, fine art, and commercial photography. Sam has been involved with numerous photographic projects in the music industry. In addition to his role as Course Coordinator for Photography and Visual Culture at UCW, Sam has worked with University of South Wales as External Examiner.
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      Rachel Hickie
      Programme Coordinator - Dance for Commercial Performance

      Rachel is currently the Program Co Ordinator for the Dance for Commercial Performance BA(hons) at UCW. She lecturers in dance and musical theatre, specialising in commercial. She has a Bsc(hons) degree in psychology and a MA in human resource management, specialising in training and development, from the University of the West of England. Whilst studying she found her passion for teaching, choreographing for their street dance competitions crews and winning coach of the year at her university in 2013. She had worked for a variety of university both nationally and internationally. She is an experienced choreographer, now teaching a number of competition teams who compete across the country. Her choreography has brought back many 1st place trophies over the years including at BDO, UDO and SDI street dance competitions. Her routines have also qualified for both World Championships and European Championships on a number of occasions across many competition organisations. Rachel teaches a variety of dance styles in educational contexts, including experience teaching a dance curriculum in schools. She is specialised in Waacking, House, Popping, Dancehall, Hip hop and Commercial, having studied these for many years.
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      Joe Kennedy
      Programme Coordinator - Dance for Commercial Performance

      Joe trained at Italia Conti and worked for a number of years as a professional dancer. His credits include: Tap Specialist in Night of the Dance (Germany), Spirit of the Dance (UK Tour), Tap Specialist in Hot Legs (European Tour), Peter Pan (Millfield Theatre) and performances with Headliners Theatre Company on-board the P&O Aurora. He has also performed at a number of high profile corporate events and in adverts for Film 4, Pringles and Ford Mondeo. Joe has an MA in Dance Technique Pedagogy and holds his Fellowship Modern and Licentiate Tap with the ISTD. He has taught and choreographed jazz, tap and contemporary for a number of professional colleges including Creative Academy, Italia Conti, Morea Performing Arts, Brit School, CPA Studios and D&B College. He now teaches at a number of schools and colleges across the south west.
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      Sylvia Lane
      Section Lead - Performance

      Sylvia is currently the HE Section Leader Performance at University Centre Weston (UCW). She oversees the BA Hons degrees in Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Dance for Commercial Performance which are validated by Bath Spa University. Sylvia holds a graduate diploma in Musical Theatre and Theatre Dance from the London Studio Centre, a PGCE from Bath Spa University and most recently, completed a MA Professional Practice in Higher Education at Bath Spa University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is an accomplished singing/voice coach but also teaches ballet and jazz technique, fitness, physical theatre and movement for theatrical practice. Sylvia regularly attends industry events to keep up to date with recent developments and has many high profile connections in the world of show business. Sylvia has over 20 years’ experience on the professional stage as a singer, dancer and actor. Originally from Munich, her career began with the Munich National Opera and credits include Lead Dancer/Singer for “Spirit of the Dance”, roles in tours including “A Chorus Line”, “Chicago”, “Starting here, Starting now”, “West Side Story”; she performed as Lead Production Singer on major cruise ships, and appeared in TV programmes and dance videos internationally.
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      James Summerhayes
      Lecturer

      James has worked in education for 24 years in various roles including primary teacher, specialist teacher in working with young people with attachment disorder, SEN teacher and HE lecturer. He also works as a BACP registered counsellor at Weston College and in private practice. In recent years James has specialised in counselling young people with learning differences who have experienced developmental trauma and/or anxiety and depression, complicated grief and other related mental health problems. In HE, James teaches students on the BA (Hons) Special Education Needs, Disability & Inclusive Practice degree course where he delivers modules related to counselling skills, psychology of learning and attachment and trauma.
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      Edith Thew
      Curriculum Co-ordinator

      Edith is the Curriculum Co-ordinator for Nursing at UCW. Her professional background is in Adult Nursing, and she is a registered Adult Nurse - specialising in Palliative Care and District Nursing. Edith is still currently in practice - maintaining her clinical competency. She has been with UCW since 2021 and has helped nurture the Trainee Nurse Associate programme into an innovative, industry-relevant programme which celebrates learner’s differences and provides appropriate, timely support.
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      Beky Humphries
      Lecturer

      A professional dancer and choreographer based in London. Beky teaches at UCW on the commercial dance course as well as at The Big Act and a weekly open class at Base Dance Studios, whilst currently working in the industry as a dancer and choreographer herself. Signed with 3 Rings agency as both a creative and a choreographer, Beky runs their female agency auditions.  Dance credits include: The Platinum jubilee festival, Felix Jaehn, Sony, Paul Mitchell, Funky pigeon, Trend vision UK tour and she works closely with Christina Andrea, Sharon June, Briony Albert, Gaz Davis and more.  Choreography credits include: LOREAL, The Big Platinum Jubilee festival, Move it MainStage and Crooked colours.
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      Joe Miller
      Lecturer - Performing Arts

      Joe made the career move from professional dancer to lecturer in 2018 by joining the team at UCW and Weston College. Joe made his professional debut in “Spirit of the Dance” in 1999 and danced the lead of role of Danny Boy, soon taking on the role of Dance Captain, Company Manager, Choreographer and Resident Director for Spirit Productions Ltd. Other performance credits include: “Broadway! A Star Spangled Celebration” (USA), “One World” (UK Tour), “The Osmond’s Christmas Spectacular” (USA), “Tap Dance Fever” (Israel Tour), “Red Hot Broadway” (China Tour), “New Jersey Nights” (UK, Australian and China Tour), “The 12 Tenors” (China Tour), “Shake, Rattle n’ Roll” (USA), “Hooray for Hollywood” (USA) and “Spirit of the Dance” (World Tour), amongst many others. Joe has worked with a variety of celebrities during his career such as Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, Pink and Barbara Windsor and has also choreographed and featured on “The X-Factor” (Israel). Choreography credits include: “Sister Act the Musical” (Theatre Royal, Windsor), “Spirit of the Dance” (World Tour), “A Christmas Carol” (Theatre Royal, Windsor) and “Revolution” (Israel Arena Tour). Since becoming a lecturer at UCW, Joe has excelled in his teaching qualifications and is thrilled to be able to pass on his skills and knowledge
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      Abigail Green
      Lecturer - Voice, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre

      Abigail is currently Head of Voice and Singing at University Centre Weston (UCW). Abigail teaches on the BA Hons degrees in Musical Theatre, Dance for Commercial Performance and Acting and Performance Making. Abigail has also worked as a guest lecturer at other institutions around the UK. Abigail is currently studying for her Doctor of Education focusing on the vocal education of performing undergraduates. Abigail holds a BEd Mus (Hons) from the University of Plymouth, a MEd from the University of the West of England and is an Estill Master Trainer (EMT). She is also a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the British Voice Association. Abigail is a self-confessed voice anorak, with a passion for the human voice and its development. Abigail is fascinated by vocal research and vocal scientific developments and regularly attends and presents her research at courses, summits and symposiums in both the UK, Europe and Australia. Abigail is committed to instilling confidence in her students and believe everyone can sing; it is just a matter of giving them the tools to do so!
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      Bakr Al-Azzawi
      Lecturer - Civil Engineering

      Background: - Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering / 1999. - Master’s degree in structural engineering/ 2002. - PhD degree in engineering/ 2018. I am working as a lecturer in civil engineering in the BACE faculty. I am an individual that strives to achieve to the best of my abilities at all times. I had my PhD degree in engineering from Cardiff University in 2018. My study was about the fatigue of reinforced concrete beams retrofitted with ultra-high-performance fibre- reinforced concrete. Experiences: I have a deep knowledge and experience in: - Construction of reinforced concrete structures. - A good experience in the construction of steel structures. - Different concrete testing. - A very good experience in surveying sector (setting out and topography).
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      Francis Ekechukwu
      Lecturer – Civil Engineering

      Francis is a registered engineer with The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN and a graduate member of the institution of civil engineers, ICE. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA. Francis has been involved with civil engineering practice in Nigeria before moving to the UK and currently keeps in touch with the built environment industry. In the recent past, he completed Education Trust Fund (ETF)-funded industry exposures at Skanska-Costain-Strabag joint Venture (SCS JV) which is delivering the HS2 Main Civil Contracts in the midlands and with a South-West England twin-company, Morgan Structural Limited and Avocets Civil Limited. Francis has an avid interest in digital technologies, sustainability and 'greener' infrastructures, mathematical modelling and data analytics in civil engineering and is currently researching the applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in blue green infrastructures. He has some academic publications to his credit.
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      Vicki King
      Programme Co-ordinator - Graphic Design

      Vicki is an Art & Design professional with over 20 years of teaching experience both in education & industry. Since completing her Masters degree at Wimbledon College of Art she has evolved her wide range of design skills by working with arts organisations on their online presence, and spent 8 years as a digital arts trainer for Apple (making the most of some amazing travel opportunities!). Vicki specialises in the Graphic Arts, exploring illustration, printmaking and digital media in her own work.
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      Susie Score
      Curriculum Co-ordinator - Early Years

      Susie Score is the Curriculum Co-ordinator for Education and Early Years. She teaches on the BA Early Years Education and BA Education, Society and Childhood at UCW. Susie graduated from Plymouth University with a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, she also holds a Masters degree in Early Years Education with UCL. Susie has focused on language and literacy development and the early years professional role within her research, and has a particular interest in promoting social justice.
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      Beth Norman
      Programme Co-ordinator - Biological Laboratory Sciences

      Beth Norman graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 with a BSc. in Zoology and immediately progressed onto Cardiff University's PGCE (Post-16 PCET) post-graduate degree to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. During this PGCE year, Beth was placed at Coleg Sir Gar, a further education college in South West Wales, where she was offered a permanent lecturing position once qualified. During this time, Beth taught on the Access to Higher Education course and immediately fell in love with this life-changing qualification. Beth spent the next six years within Coleg Sir Gar and became a key figure in the coordination of the course. Over two successive years, Beth had a learner win the Access to Higher Education Learner of the Year Award for the whole of Wales, with the winner of 2016/2017 going on to be runner up for the prestigious Keith Fletcher Award for Access Learner of the Year for the whole of the UK; where she delivered a speech at the Houses of Parliament. Beth's commitment to Access to Higher Education was identified by the awarding body for Access in Wales, Agored Cymru, where she became a key part of their external verification team in 2016 and later became a lead external verifier in 2017. In September 2018, Beth joined the lecturing team at Weston College to deliver
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      Alison Hayman
      Lecturer

      Alison Hayman graduated with a BSc degree in Biochemistry and Biology from the University of London (Westfield College). She undertook a CASE studentship between Queen Mary College and The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry in 1986. She then undertook three consecutive positions as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at 1) St George’s Hospital Medical School, London (research - purification and characterisation of the enzyme tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) from human bone tumours); 2) The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich (research – genomic cloning of chicken collagen genes); 3) The University of Cambridge (research – gene expression of TRAP using baculovirus in insect cells and the subsequent purification and crystallisation of the recombinant protein). In 1993 Alison was awarded a research fellowship from the Arthritis Research Campaign and was made a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Medicine at Cambridge. In a collaborative project she demonstrated that TRAP had an important role in the growth and development of bones and in the maintenance of the adult skeleton. In 2000 Alison was appointed Lecturer in Connective Tissue Biology in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science at the University of Bris
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      Kari Nygard
      Lecturer

      Kari Nygard is an artist filmmaker and animator with over 20 years' experience teaching lens-based media- and art and design within Higher Education. She has considerable experience as an animation lead for a variety of production companies and charities, alongside work in film exhibition and curation, in the UK and abroad. Research interests are in contemporary cinematic forms and expanded media, with her own practice across digital & analogue formats. She is also commitment to her work at The Cube Cinema in Bristol.
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      Simon Taylor
      Lecturer

      Simon Taylor is a practicing Ceramic Artist, lecturing and tutoring in Higher Education. Simon exhibits through several national ceramic galleries, being represented by St Ives ceramics and The Stratford Gallery and has a growing international reputation. Simon practices from his studio in Weston’s Old Town Quary. Current Research practice investigates the experimental firing of the ancient and alternative ‘Anagama’ Woodfired Kiln. His teaching uses a rich blend of creative enthusiasm mixed with his passion and current activities as an Artist/maker.
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      Fiona Philp
      Performance and Acting Lecturer

      Fiona is a trained Performer and Performance and Acting Lecturer. Fiona's passion lies in running creative courses for young people in performance and theatre making. Having trained at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech & Drama she has 13 years of experience in the sector, from performing, teaching, directing, and devising in and around London, and the South West. Fiona took on a performer in-residence role at The Theatre Delicatessen, one of the capitals most exciting and vibrant performing arts organisations. She began her teaching career at The Brit School of Performing Arts, London. She has facilitated theatre education programmes at Theatro Technis, Camden and led a Drama humanitarian project for Art in Tanzania, Africa. Performing in original devised work as well as directing and coordinating events for Fringe Theatre Festivals, and Creative Youth Network, Bristol, Fiona was the deviser director, and performer of her own theatre company T.B.C. Fiona is in her 7th year of teaching and directing plays on the Performing Arts course at Weston College and a new addition to the UCW team teaching on the Degree in Performance Making and Acting.
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      Eloise Hodder
      Programme Coordinator - Performing Arts

      Eloise Hodder is the HE Programme Co-ordinator for BA (Hons) Performing Arts - Acting at University Centre Weston (UCW). Eloise delivers on the BA Hons degree in Performing Arts which is validated by Bath Spa University.  Eloise also works as a guest lecturer and examiner both nationally and internationally encompassing a range of institutions from The Brit School, to consultant Actor/Director at L’Ecole d’Architecture Universite de Montreal. Eloise trained as an actor and holds BA (Hons) from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Franchise University of South Wales) and has a Postgraduate Diploma from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Applied Theatre specialising in Directing. Eloise is also a member of Royal Academy of Dance and the Institute for Learning. Eloise is an actor, director, interdisciplinary performer and educator. She has worked as the director/creator of Trapped (Donmar and Endeavour), received the Jack Petchey Youth Community Project Award for Delicate Rose tour and has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for Gannin’ Yem. Eloise has been an Education Associate for the Donmar, Bush Theatre and Michael Grandage Theatre Company.
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      Sarah Leaney
      Lecturer - Animal Management

      Sarah studied Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University of North Wales, Bangor. Following this she worked at Cadbury Garden and Leisure in the pets and aquatics section caring for a range of animals. She then transferred to Plymouth and studied for an MRes in Aquatic Ecotoxicology, whilst continuing to work for the Garden and Leisure Group. Her research project on using a range of starfish as biomarkers of environmental pollution was presented at the UK Environmental Mutagen conference in Aberdeen. Sarah then moved to Weymouth and started working at Weymouth Sealife Park and Marine Sanctuary. She and her team of aquarists were responsible for the health and welfare of a range of different aquatic animals including; seals, penguins, sharks, otters and seahorses. During her time there she was involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of a number of sea turtles, of which 2 were successfully released back into the wild. Sarah then made the move into teaching and has taught on a range of A-level, BTEC, adult access and undergraduate programmes over the last 12 years.
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      Julie Way
      Lecturer - Animal Science

      Julie studied at Hartpury College (UWE) and gained a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science. Her specialist areas of study are animal ethics and welfare as well as animal behaviour. Julie’s dissertation at UWE was based around educating people with regards to animal welfare so is more than equipped to deliver a wide range of modules on the Foundation Degree. Julie will be teaching on the Principles of Animal Behaviour module where she can showcase and share her wealth of knowledge regarding this are of study.
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      Sam Stokes
      Lecturer - Games & Animation

      Sam, a new teacher to University Centre Weston’s games and animation production course, is fresh from the games development industry with up-to-date knowledge of industry techniques and practices. Sam has a degree in games and animation production which he completed at University Centre Weston a few years back. Specializing in 3D animation for game production and having experience animating a wide range of character models and styles. Before joining the University, Sam worked at Titan Roc Games and Meteor Pixel, creating animations for both studios respectively.
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      Tara O'Hare
      Lecturer - Hair Makeup and Prosthetics

      Tara has been a make-up and prosthetic artist in industry for over 20 years and has a varied background of skills. Tara’s resume includes companies she has worked at such as Madame Tussauds, BBC’s Casualty, IAC Film Festival and the International Sundance awards. With a passion for teaching and learning excellence, Tara has been delivering courses in hair, makeup and prosthetic's for over 12 years in a variety of educational settings. Sporting a keen interest in competition work, Tara has been part of a judging team for UK Skills competitions, comprising of both Theatrical Hair and Media makeup. In a drive to ensure the best standards for our students, Tara is due to commence her MA in Prosthetics and sculpting with Falmouth University in Sept 2022.
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      Sandy Day
      HE Programme Co-ordinator - Hair Makeup & Prosthetics for Production

      Sandy has been working in industry for over 25 years. Having initially trained in Barbering, Hairdressing and Media Makeup, the skills needed in industry over the years have meant that continuous training and upskilling have been imperative to her success. Sandy has freelanced across the UK, Canada and Europe. She has currently been working in education for 11 years and has been at UCW for 7 years. During that time, Sandy has seen an increased demand for Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics specialisms from a variety of employers. To provide the best opportunities academically for our students Sandy has completed a Masters degree in Education with University of the West of England.
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      Hannah Carstensen
      Lecturer in Business & Tourism

      "Weston College really changed my perspective on education" Meet Hannah, when I left school, I wasn’t confident about my own ability, I have now graduated with a First Class Degree and completed 6 months in my new roles as a business lecturer.
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      Nahum Kidan
      Lecturer - Public and Environmental Health

      Nahum is a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner and spent his early career in local government working in commercial environmental health, later focusing specifically on food safety.  Prior to joining University Centre Weston (UCW), Nahum was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England (UWE) where he was part of a small team which developed the MSc Environmental Health (Distance Learning) programme. Nahum has also acquired experience in the Civil Service, at both Defra and the FSA, where he was engaged in EU Exit work and legislative development. 
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      Mark Hardwick
      Programme Co-ordinator - Public and Environmental Health

      Mark is the Programme Co-ordinator for the BSc (Hons) Environmental Health Practitioner, and the BSc (Hons) Public and Environmental Health, teaching on both programmes at UCW. He was appointed as a permanent member of staff in January 2018. Mark has twenty years’ teaching experience with other institutions, having taught on a range of programmes from Foundation Degree to Masters level in subjects including Environmental Health, Public Health, Nursing, and Sports Sciences. Mark has held positions with The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), specifically Vice-Chair of the South West Region, Secretary of the Cornwall Branch, and is an appointed research mentor for CIEH. Mark is also a member of the Royal Society for Public Health, and External Examiner for the MSc Environmental Health, and MSc Acoustics at Leeds Beckett University. 
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      David Beresford
      Advanced Practitioner and Lecturer

      David was a Royal Marine for 13 years, specialising as a Physical Training Instructor. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Iraq, where he commanded a section of troops in a fighting company. He is a qualified Mountain Leader and teaches map reading and compass work. David’s main academic interests are in the subjects of strength and conditioning.
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      Sarah Adams
      Lecturer - Sport

      Sarah is the module leader for our Sports & Football Coaching Modules. Holding a BSc (Hons) Degree in Football Performance, Sarah has worked in professional football clubs, coaching in academy and community settings. Her teaching career started at Bristol City FC with the post-16 scholars, which then led her to develop a new female education programme at Ashton Gate Stadium. After a further year as Head of Coaching, Sarah joined UCW to focus on her teaching career alongside running the female football and futsal academy programmes. Sarah also works for the Football Association, tutoring Level 1 and Level 2 futsal courses. Futsal is a passion of hers, and she has coached and played for Super League clubs and even won The FA Cup in 2016 with Bristol City FC.
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      Susannah Scott
      Programme Coordinator, Popular Music

      Susannah has more than 15 years’ experience of the music industry and teaching students. She is Grade 8 at piano, enjoys writing, arranging and directing music for choirs, and has toured and performed with a number of different bands. Susannah has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Honours degree in Music, both from Cardiff University.
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      Lee Sullivan
      Curriculum Coordinator - Music

      Prior to commencing a career in teaching in 1998, Lee worked as a professional session musician, musical director and studio engineer. He has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide, working for organisations such as Mecca, Rank, the Hilton Hotel Group and P&O, and has also worked for numerous theatre companies as a pit musician and musical director. Lee’s main areas of interest and specialisms include sound design, composing for film and TV, electro and acoustic composition, technology-driven performance and the design of computer-based performance environments. Lee is an Apple Certified Logic Studio Master Trainer and was also awarded the coveted status of Ableton Certified Trainer in 2009. He also has an Honours degree in Creative Music Technology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
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      Jamie Dormer-Durling
      Programme Coordinator/Lecturer

      Jamie is the programme coordinator for the BA (Hons) Art & Design. He has worked in Higher Education for over a decade teaching across photography, lens-based media and art & design pathways. He has a degree in photography and completed his MA in Graphic Arts (with distinction) in 2017. His personal work investigates the dynamics of knowledge and power with interests in how we learn, how we are taught, the nature of knowledge and how our understanding of the world informs class struggle and identity politics. He often works between museum spaces and field studies exploring the relationships we have to the objects that are used to narrate our cultural histories.
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      Mark Helyar
      Lecturer - Performing Arts

      Mark is a theatre director, author, lecturer and musician. He is currently co-director of theatre at Take Art, an Arts Council NPO, where one of his priorities is to support an increase in the quality, diversity and scale of theatre made and presented across Somerset. He has also been artistic director and chief executive of two touring companies: Hampshire-based Proteus and Croydon-based West 28th Street. Mark has commissioned and directed several rural touring shows, and composed the scores for and and musically-directed numerous productions for companies ranging from the Theatre Royal, Winchester, to the Actors’ Theatre of Manhattan. He is also the author of Rising from the Dust: India’s Hidden Voices. Mark has a Combined Honours Degree in Music and English from Birmingham University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Theatre Directing from the British Theatre Association and in Theatre and Education from the Central School of Speech and Drama.
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      John Dickinson
      Lecturer in Performing Arts

      John has worked extensively as an actor and director with many professional companies. He held the position of Artistic Director at both Belgrade Theatre in Education and Humberside Theatre in Education. He has also worked with many companies as a freelance director, including: Travelling Light, C&T, Worcester, Big Brum, Big Fish, Theatr Powys, the Masken Theater in Denmark, the Commonwealth Institute and the Hull Truck Theatre Company. He has taught and directed undergraduate and postgraduate students in both small and large scale productions, and is interested in the relationship between actor and audience and the development of new sites and processes for performance. John graduated from the Institute of Developmental Transformations, and is Chair of the British Association of Dramatherapists.
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      Sam Mayhew
      Head of Faculty for Image and Inclusive Practice

      Sam has more than 15 years’ experience working with students with learning difficulties and disabilities and has held a number of roles with the Weston College Group. She has been teaching on UCW’s Foundation degree in Inclusive Practice since its launch in 2006. Sam has an Honour’s degree in Social and Professional Studies: Learning Difficulties, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and has also completed the ILM Leadership and Management programme.
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      Louise Lynn
      Curriculum Coordinator in Health and Social Care

      Louise has been a Registered General Nurse since 1997, specialising in coronary care. As well as working in the UK, she also has experience of working internationally in Portugal and in a military hospital in Cyprus. Louise holds an Honours degree in Health and Social Care from the Open University and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education, and is working towards a Master’s degree in Education, with a focus on audio feedback.
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      Craig Smith
      Lecturer - Computer Animation for Game and Film

      Craig has an Honours degree in Computer Game Design from the University of Central Lancashire and worked for Electronic Arts for two years on titles including ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’, ‘Warhammer Online’, ‘Ultima Online’ and ‘Dark Age of Camelot’. He is currently working on his own video game, which he hopes to release in the next few years.
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      Richard Edkins
      Programme Co-ordinator - Lens Based Media

      Richard has been teaching disciplines in media and film at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for several years, and looks to bring experimental approaches to image-making; incorporating still and moving images within his teaching and his involvement in the wider expressive media arts environment. Richard is also an accomplished filmmaker, photographer and visual artist, and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Please visit richardedkins.co.uk to find out more.
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      Ross Bliss
      Curriculum Co-ordinator - Film, Photography & Game

      Ross is the Media Director of Redshift Ltd, a design and content production agency with a diverse portfolio of clients including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Co-operative Group, the Association of British Health Industries and Grand Designs Live. He also produces narrative films, with shorts appearing regularly at various international film festivals. Actors who got early breaks in these films have gone on to appear in Mad Men, Thunderbirds, Green Wing, The Tudors, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, RocknRolla and Transformers. In 2015 he produced the feature film High Tide which played in cinemas nationwide. Ross regularly provided guest lectures on film at various institutions across the country before becoming a part of the media team at UCW in 2015.
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      Lauren Pring
      Lecturer - Early Years

      Lauren teaches on UCW’s Early Years and Education, Society & Childhood degree courses. Lauren graduated from Bath Spa University with an Honours degree in Early Years Education and holds a postgraduate teaching qualification in Higher Education. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently studying for a Masters qualification in Education. Lauren has a background in teaching early years education as a childminder and worked as a lead practitioner for the local authority mentoring students and practitioners. Lauren believes in the importance of a child-centre approach to education, one that is committed to learning through play. Her areas of academic interest include the development of playful pedagogies and reflective processes in education.
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      Kyle Davies
      Programme Co-ordinator - Acting and Musical Theatre

      Kyle has worked extensively as a freelance director in the US and UK and is the associate director of the State of Play Theatre. Recent directing credits include A Christmas Carol starring Paul Nicholas at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool; Puss in Boots and Cinderella at the York Theatre Royal’s De Grey Ballroom; The Fantasist’s Waltz, The Revenge of Mr Trout! and The Unholy Trinity for the State of Play Theatre; and RashDash’s The Ugly Sisters at the Soho Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse. In New York, his work as a director includes the development and world premiere reading of Howard Emanuel’s Last Supper, Survived By… at Theatre for a New City, and the creation of the cabaret review There Goes the Ballgame: The Music of Kander and Ebb for two of New York’s preeminent cabaret venues, The Duplex and Don’t Tell Mama’s. Kyle worked as an assistant director on the Emmy Award-winning production of Sondheim’s Passion, and his direction on The Ugly Sisters was nominated for a Total Theatre Award in 2012. Along with receiving a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, he attended L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and is also a graduate of their Laboratoire d’Étude du Mouvement.
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      Ian Shipton
      Programme Co-ordinator

      Ian holds a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing from Loughborough College of Art, and is currently studying for an MA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University. He has had a varied career producing public artworks and show gardens at Hampton Court Flower Show, alongside jewellery commissions and a wide variety of exhibitions. Ian has a particular specialism in public scuplture, taking commissions from celebrities such as Michel Roux and members of the House of Lords.
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      Dr Paul Thirkell
      Lecturer

      Paul Thirkell is an artist and educator with a particular specialisation in print. He is an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Printmakers and honourary member of Germany’s Lichtdruck (collotype) Association. Paul studied and practised printmaking in Australia during the 1970’s and 80’s before relocating to the UK in the mid-1990’s. He was awarded a practice-based doctorate from the University of the West of England, Bristol, in 2000 for his research in integrating digital imaging techniques with rare 19th-century printing processes such as photogravure, collotype and woodburytype to assist fine art print production. Since completing his doctorate, Paul has been active in producing and exhibiting his prints both nationally and internationally,
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      Craig Logue
      Technician - Performing Arts

      Craig is our Performing Arts technician. He has always had a keen interest in Music and lighting technology and holds a BSc in Media technology and an MSc in advanced audio production, both from the University of South Wales. Craig has previous experience as a performer, releasing his own music via Spotify and iTunes among others as well as working in event production for a large Canadian AV company.
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      Sean Shearing
      Programme Coordinator - Degree Apprenticeships Computing

      Sean is the primary software lecturer at UCW. He graduated from Bath University with a First Class Honours Degree in Applied Computing. After graduating he went on to work as a Software Developer Specialising in the C# and ASP.Net applications. He has also worked with a number of companies requiring Penetration Testing, Mobile Application Development and Desktop Application Development using a variety of languages and working with large teams of Developers. After four years working in the sector, Sean opted for a career change, and brings his industry experience into the class room to prepare students for the world of work.
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      Jason Hill
      Curriculum Coordinator - Computing

      Jason graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Applied Computing and then went on to form his own business, Logical View Solutions, where he delivered marketing and web development projects for a number of prestigious clients. After a successful spell in industry, Jason turned to education and has been lecturing at UCW for almost a decade. Jason is also responsible for our World Skills success in Website Development, teaching and coaching learners through the competition process at a national level.
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      Ben Hobbs
      Lecturer - Computing

      Ben earned a First Class Honours degree in Applied Computing ay UCW before taking up his teaching role and also has a background in student mentoring. He used his IT skills to help students at the Music Makers Academy record songs and set up concerts, and is particularly interested in computer animation, website development and software development.
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      Gill Cook
      Programme Coordinator - Animal Management

      Gill studied at Hartpury University where she gained a BSc in Equine Science before going on to gain her BHS AI qualification and qualifying for the BHS Register of Instructors. After working for a welfare charity, which involved rescuing and rehabilitating horses as well as being head of staff training, Gill started at Weston College in 2007. Gill gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and has an MA in Education. Gill is responsible for managing the G95 Learning and Teaching Module on the PG-Cert and the Foundation Degree programmes in Equine and Animal Management as well as teaching Further and Higher Education and holding quality assurance roles within teaching observation and support. Gill is also a Higher Education Learning and Teaching Mentor and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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      Vicki Moth
      Technical Demonstrator in Science

      I have a BSc Hons degree in Food Technology from Reading University. I went to work for Yeo Valley as a graduate and stayed for 19 years. I worked in lots of different roles at Yeo Valley: Packing Hall Supervisor, Product Development Technologist, Technical Projects Technologist, and finally as the company Packaging Technologist . After unfortunately being made redundant had to have a career rethink so decided to go into education as a Design & Technology Technician at Broadoak Academy supporting Food Technology and Textiles Technology, I did that for 6 years before getting current role as Higher Education Science Technician at UCW in 2018. I was promoted to the role of Technical Demonstrator in 2022.
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        This practical, project-based course is underpinned by theoretical knowledge and professional-standard creative and technical skills and offers students the opportunity to showcase their work and curate their own film festival.

        You will develop your skills and knowledge in the areas of pre-production, production, post-production, cinematography, sound design and digital editing, and explore video installation, reactive media, expanded cinema and emerging formats in experimental workshops.

        You will work on self-negotiated initiatives and with others on collaborative projects to professional standards, submit your films to festivals and be encouraged to engage with arts organisations, production companies and cinemas.

        Through study of the key theoretical debates, discourses and significant practitioners, you will gain a thorough grounding in contemporary film and media arts, and also explore industry models and practices in preparation for freelance work and employment in the creative industries.

        On this course you will also benefit from being part of Creative Arts Weston. Here you will join our exciting and passionate creative community, and you will be perfectly placed to join the arts industry, leading the way as part of the next creative generation.

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