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I joined the University of Chester as Head of the Department of Media in 2002 having taught for a number of years within Higher Education and with a track record of professional media work for a number of major television broadcasters, including the BBC and ITV Granada, and independent production companies. From 2009, I led the faculty as Executive Dean with responsibility for the School of Arts and Media and latterly the School of Humanities before returning to the Warrington Campus in 2018 to take up the role of Deputy Provost.

An early manifestation of my interest in teaching emerged as I followed my undergraduate studies in music with a mercifully short-lived career as a musician and teacher of violin.  Postgraduate study in music followed, at the University of Liverpool, Institute of Popular Music, which led to research interests in the performance of identities and the cultural output of the Irish Diaspora. My PhD concentrated on the representation and performance of second and third generation Irish identity in England with a particular emphasis on the life and work of Manchester-Irish comedians, writers and performers. I am a member of the faculty’s Centre for Research in Arts and Media (CCRAM), the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD), the British Association of Irish Studies (BIAS), and the Media, Culture & Communications Subject Association (MeCCSA). I also continue to play violin - though it is not entirely clear who benefits from this.

My teaching interests lie in the area of television documentary and broadcast journalism, and the performance and mediation of culture and identity.

I have a keen interest in developing relationships between the department and the media industries and encourage departmental and faculty links with the creative industries through engagement with regional and national broadcasters, independent production companies and the freelance community and with such bodies as the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), Creative Skillset, and most recently the Indie Club, the North’s leading TV networking group for television programme makers and independent production companies.

With a wider interest in the mutual benefits of strong and sustained relationships between the university sector and industry partners/clients, I have encouraged the development of Knowledge Exchange opportunities within the faculty, and welcome external scrutiny and enhancement of our programmes through the inclusion of visiting professionals to teach our modules and through regular and more informal industry engagement and discussion. More broadly, I maintain close contact with the University and College sector policy and practice through the role of Deputy Chair of the Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH UK).

As Deputy Provost of the Warrington Campus, I working alongside the Provost to provide strategic leadership for the Warrington Campus developing its research, consultancy and academic portfolio reflecting the discipline range represented at the campus. This includes programmes and departments within the areas of Business, Sport, Media, and in the public sector including Health and Social Care, Teacher Education and Policing. Critical to the success of this role is the external promotion of the university’s interests in the sub region, nationally and internationally and an ability to encourage and enable applied disciplinary and multi-disciplinary work, fostering the highest quality in education and training provision for industry and the professions.