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GDipMus (Huddersfield), PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan), MA (Liverpool), PhD (Chester).

As Executive Dean, he has responsibility for over 3,000 students, 200 staff and three interdisciplinary research centres and institutes across the faculty’s two schools: Arts and Media, and Humanities.  The Faculty is home to seven departments: Art and Design, English, History and Archaeology, Media, Modern Languages, Performing Arts, and Theology and Religious Studies. 

Brendan joined the University of Chester in 1998 as a lecturer in TV Production.  His experience in Television was gained working across a range of formats and genres, from peak time entertainment to regional current affairs programmes, and for a number of major television broadcasters and producers.  His media teaching interests lie in the broad area of Television Production and more specifically in Broadcast Documentary.  He is a member of the Media, Culture & Communications Subject Association (MeCCSA), and the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD).

Prior to a career in broadcasting Brendan undertook undergraduate studies in music resulting in time spent working as a freelance musician and peripatetic teacher of upper strings. Postgraduate study in the field of popular music followed at the University of Liverpool which led to research interests in the ecology of performance and the performance of identity. Continuing these research themes, Brendan completed his doctoral studies that explored the performativity of the second and third generation Irish in Manchester, with a particular concentration on comedy writing and performance. He is a member of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Centre for Research in Arts and Media (CCRAM) and the British Association for Irish Studies (BAIS).  He also continues to play violin - though it is not entirely clear who benefits from this.

Brendan has an interest and belief in the mutual benefits of strong and sustained relationships within the HE sector and between the university sector and industry partners and is committed to developing relationships and partnerships domestically and overseas. As a passionate advocate for excellence in learning and teaching, he chairs the University’s Learning and Teaching Committee. He has acted as peer reviewer for European Social Research Council (ESRC) funding scheme and also sits on the executive committee of the Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASsH UK).