Director, Creative Manchester
Paul Bason has a background in managing complex multimedia projects for prestigious museums and galleries around the world. This includes being Creative Director for the world’s largest audio-visual exhibit at Expo 2000 in Hannover. As Director for Creative Manchester at MMU he has responsibility for building relationships with broadcasters, agencies and other companies in the North West’s digital media sector. He has a particular interest in usability and service design and how these principles can be applied to harness technology for new approaches to education and economic growth.
Storm Rannard, the intern journalist for the Digital Innovation website, is a recent graduate from the MA Multimedia Journalism course at MMU. She previously studied English and Creative Writing, moving into the field of journalism in 2011. During her time at MMU she completed work placements at the Manchester Evening News online team and at the Liverpool Echo as part of the news desk. She is interested in the convergence of media platforms and how this has affected the way in which we receive news.
Her particular aims for the website include covering internal and external stories to unite those interested in digitally innovative methods in education, research and business across Manchester and further afield.
Hayley Walsh is the intern project assistant. She graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2011 with a BA Hons in Embroidery. Since leaving University, she has worked on numerous events and exhibition productions, including a one day exhibition at the Tate Modern as part of the undercurrent programme for the TANK launch and the Cotton Exchange project part-based in India, Manchester and Lancashire. Her background in creative production has encouraged her ambitions to work around public engagement, realising the importance of generating wider coverage of projects. She is currently working on events production for Digital Innovation, hoping to organise and develop events which reflect our ethos.
Head of Contemporary Arts - MMU Cheshire
Carola Boehm is Head of Contemporary Arts at the Cheshire Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University. She holds degrees in music, computer science and electrical engineering and considers herself a genuine post-modern interdisciplinarian. She believes that our higher education landscape is finally moving from a modernist view stemming from the 19th century (and the concept of delineated disciplines) to a post-modern view (and the concept of fragmentation and disciplines being social constructs).
She is one of the founders and editorial board members of the Journal of Music, Technology and Education, and has lectured and held positions at the University of Glasgow, the University of Mainz, the Conservatory of Music in Hanover and in Den Haag, as well as being self-employed in the 90s in Germany. She was the Co-Director of the Research Centre for Music Technology in Glasgow for 10 years in which time she coordinated more than 20 collaborative projects.
Her research areas include music technology education; methodologies for designing music systems; (music) performance research; and the interplay of interdisciplinarity, creativity and technology in education.
Pathway Leader MA Photography
I work with both analogue and digital photography. A lot of my interests surround the changing understanding and rethinking of analogue and through my work my aim is to create digital/analogue hybrids. A recurring theme is stillness and movement within the photographic and the cinematic’moment’. I have worked quite alot with collections rephotographing and through this recontextualising.
On my blog you can see images of work I produced when working with 19th century negatives from the Lewis Carroll Collection at the National Media Museim. These digital prints are about to be exhibited at the International artfair in Dehli.
Creative Director - Innovation Centre
Alex is a TV and Digital content entrepreneur. He is currently Managing Director of TV company Shine North (in Salford’s MediaCity) and Digital content company Shine ON (in London), both part of Shine UK, one of the country’s largest entertainment, factual entertainment and drama TV production groups. Previously he co-founded (with Bob Geldof) and ran the independent factual TV production group Ten Alps. He has degrees from Oxford, Columbia and INSEAD. He has been shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year six times. Twitter @mralexconnock
Research & Knowledge Exchange - MMU
Michael is currently leading a project to develop a social networking website known as myKE (‘my Knowledge Exchange’). The website is designed to help businesses innovate and grow through connecting with experts and sharing valuable resources and services on Corridor Manchester. The JISC-funded project is a partnership between: Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester, TRUSTECH (NHS), Corridor Manchester and Manchester Science Parks and is supported by, among others, the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.
Michael is part of the Knowledge Exchange team at MMU and tweets on @michael_daw
Principal Lecturer, Manchester School of Architecture
Dr. Nick Dunn is Director of Studies, Graduate Programmes and Programme Leader for the MArch Masters in Architecture. He is co-director of the [Re_Map] Atelier, whose research is concerned with the mapping and representation of urban networks, data and conditions. His primary research interests are in the fields of visualisation, modelling, mapping, representation in architecture, infrastructure, post-capitalist landscapes and urbanism. His work responds to the contemporary city as a series of systems, flows and processes, and is explored through experimentation and discourse addressing the nature of urban space: its perception, demarcation and appropriation. More specifically, his recent work investigates the extended toolkit available to designers via digital design and fabrication processes and techniques, and their application in relation to architecture.
Digital Marketing & Enterprise
David Edmundson-Bird is a proper old-school dot com casualty from 2001. Currently Principal Lecturer in Digital Marketing Communications, he is Programme Director for Econsultancy’s range of Masters programmes and Graduate Certificates at MMU Business School. He has enjoyed several spells in UK academic institutions as well as senior management and non-executive roles in the private digital media sector.
Senior Lecturer in Web Development
Richard has been teaching web development since 1996 in Information & Communications and has worked hard to build relationships with a variety of the North West’s new media agencies. This has led to a varied programme of guest speakers from local professionals and a number of large events with web stalwarts such as Andy Clarke, Brendan Dawes and Chris Mills.
In the early days Richard helped develop and run one of the first online environments in HE to deliver course materials for what has now become known as ‘blended learning’. Working closely with Jonathan Willson, Richard has always taught web development with a strong focus on usability and accessibility and has successfully produced a number of (mostly) front-end developers with a strong understanding of User Experience Design.
Richard has also been involved in research including a european funded project on Accessible Web design. He has also run ‘Web Teaching Day’ to bring together those that teach web development in the UK including the Web Stardardistas. He is now involved in the W3C Web Education Community Group.
Head of Dept of Media
Steve Hawley is an artist who has been working with film and video since 1981, and his work has been shown at video festivals and broadcast worldwide since then. His original preoccupation was with language and image, and in 1995 his experimental documentary on artificial languages was broadcast on Channel 4 TV.
He is Professor and Head of Media at the Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.
His current work explores issues around the impact of new technologies on narrative and includes using a DVD to create a never ending story; collaborative work with motion capture technology and the Manchester Time Machine made with the North West Film Archive which is the first ever iPhone app to combine archive film footage and GPS.
Senior Lecturer, Manchester School of Architecture
An Architect by profession Rob Hyde’s background is in teaching, research and practice. Having designed award winning buildings and working for several high profile practices including co-founding ReForm Architects in Manchester he returned to Academia Full Time in February 2012. As Senior lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture his work includes studio based teaching and coordinating Professional Studies across the course which serve as a vehicle for critical discourse between academia, interdisciplinary practice and wider industries facilitating ongoing collaborative partnerships. His particular interest is the Future of Architecture, questioning the nature of Practice and identifying opportunities for Architectural and design- led thinking to create value outside the traditional confines of the profession to the periphery of the wider construction industry (and beyond).
Head of Digital Media and Entertainment
Atif Waraich is Head of Division of Digital Media and Entertainment Technology. As Director of the Manchester Usability Laboratory at MMU he has responsibility for building relationships with researchers and commercial enterprises interested in studying usability engineering and the interaction between humans and technology. He has extensive teaching experience in the areas of computer games and multimedia design and development. His research interests include the development of interactive learning environments, game design and development and usability engineering. He has a particular interest in interaction design.
Head of Dept of Design
Joe was an early adopter of the digital in taking a G.S.E. in Computer Studies when the exam was first introduced to schools in 1980. Commercially as a designer, he had a strong interest in working digitally and he designed with the Macintosh Plus and the subsequent range of Mac computers from 1988 on. In 1997, Joe completed an MA in Design and Media at the University of Westminster where he specialised in interactive design. Subsequently, he went on to design for a range of clients working on design projects in the early days of CD-ROM design, and latterly interactive design in new media. Educationally, he has instigated a number of education courses and projects within new media. Joe’s further recent interests are in the aesthetic qualities of the ‘digital mark’ and he has exhibited digital graphic arts work throughout the UK, South Korea, China, the USA and Cuba.
Head of School of Computing
Keith Miller has worked in the digital arena for over 25 years. After a successful career in industry as a developer and project manager working for blue chip companies like GlaxoSmithKline, he moved into academia. He has a background in software design and development. Keith’s current role is Head of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. In this role Keith has over-seen the integration digital activity in the Faculty. Keith takes an active role in inter-disciplinary enterprise projects.
Professor Cathy Urquhart
Professor of Digital and Sustainable Enterprise
Cathy has three major research interests – Green IT, IT in developing countries, and social media. Her research reflects a growing academic interest in communities as well as organisations, and increased corporate social responsibility in an increasingly connected world. ICTs have a critical role to play in increasing human and social capital, and lifting people out of poverty. They can also be part of the answer to sustainable practices in organisations.
Senior Lecturer, Drama and Theatre
Dr. Peter S Petralia is a producer, director, writer, curator, researcher, educator and artistic director of Proto-type Theater. Peter’s work, both with Proto-type and with others, has been performed in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.
He produced the very first Barbie GameBoy Color, along with games and websites for Christina Aguilera, Cheerios, Cablevision, Britney Spears, Condé Nast, HBO, Balenciaga and Philip Morris USA amongst others.
Peter is the author of a number of acclaimed performance texts and he collaborated on 1001 Nights Cast for which he authored four entries.
He is the recipient of several awards, grants and residencies and has secured major funding for research and practice in the US and in the UK including winning at Theatre Sandbox award in 2010 to create the multi-platform performance piece Fortnight. This project is featured in the Pervasive Media Cookbook as one of the most important pervasive media projects of the past several years.
Peter completed his PhD from Lancaster University is currently Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at MMU Cheshire where he is also Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Contemporary Theatre and Performance degree. At MMU, Peter is a research lead, international recruitment officer and the departmental e-learning champion. Twitter: @Proto_type.
Director of the Centre for Research in Technology, Innovation and Play for Learning
Nicola is a Research Fellow and a Director of the Centre for Research in Technology, Innovation and Play for Learning (TIPL). She undertakes research into the design, implementation and evaluation of computer games for learning, drawing together the disciplines of interaction design, game design and learning design. Her current projects include GAMBALOA, which examples the potential of games for learning for older adults, and MAGICAL, which is investigating the use of collaborative game-building as a pedagogic approach. She tweets at @nicwhitton.
Senior Lecturer - Photography
I am a co-artist within Anatomy Projects which, in part, is a dynamic dialogue between analogue and digital technologies. Using an old Victorian camera as our starting point, we are interested in adapting both technical and methodological process to develop hybrid ways of engaging with a subject and making photographs. A bridge between the traditional with the contemporary craft of photography.
Senior Research Fellow in Media Arts and Programme Leader Media LAB
Andrea Zapp is a Media Artist and Writer and based at MIRIAD and the School of Art. She has curated several international media art exhibitions and her artwork has been shown internationally at numerous festivals, galleries, and museums since the mid Nineties – in the field of digital media such as Siggraph, ISEA, Ars Electronica and Transmediale. Her practice is in networked and interactive installations and sculptures; and most recently in Digital Craft/Textile and Media – exploring new ideas and designs within digital imagery and related new technology for fabric print, pattern and dressmaking, in collaboration with Hollings Faculty. Her media installation research is often embedded in postgraduate teaching projects by setting up interdisciplinary teams between the School of Art and School of Computing. Students, technical and academic members of staff are actively designing and collaborating on larger scale public installation commissions.
Senior Lecturer in Education; Assistant Teaching and Learning Fellow; MMU’s Apple Regional Training
Duncan has a keen interest in the ubiquitous use of mobile devices for education. For the last 3 years, he has been supporting and enabling the development of the use of iPads and iPod Touchs in Primary and Secondary schools across the country.
Duncan is responsible for running the Faculty of Education’s Apple Professional Development courses, which provide training for teachers and school leaders in the effective use of Apple technologies in schools. He is also the organiser of the annual iThink Therefore iPad? Conference, a conference which focuses on exploring current and future developments and innovations in the use of iOS devices in schools, Further and Higher education institutions. The next conference, iThink Therefore iPad? 2013, #ittip13, will take place on 8th March 2013 and will be co-located with the Education Innovation Exhibition at Manchester Central.
Duncan is also working on the MAGICAL, game based learning, project, which is investigating the use of collaborative game-building as a pedagogic approach.