Academic Expert Profiles

Experts in the faculty of Arts, Design and Media

Our Arts, Design and Media faculty has an abundance of academics with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for teaching. Our experts range from journalists to poets, all of whom have experience working in the industry they teach.

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Paul Bradshaw

Paul Bradshaw leads the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University, and works as a consultant data journalist in the BBC England data unit.

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Jasbir Kaur

Jasbir is Director of Postgraduate Studies in Fashion and Textiles. Her early career began in commercial textile design, before moving into fashion research, and is now an internationally published author in the area of textiles, and the interrelationship between that and fashion. 

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Mersha Aftab

Dr Mersha Aftab is a Senior Lecturer in Design Management at Birmingham City University, and Course Director for the MA Design Management Programme within the College of Architecture.

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Joe Miles

Joe Miles has extensive experience as a freelance photographer, specialising in commercial and editorial photography for national and international clients. 

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Lianne Forbes

Lianne is a Senior Lecturer with 14 years of high-end VFX film industry experience. Her focus is on forging strong links between the University and industry. She plans to develop student awareness of industry practices and produce more opportunities for them to engage with industry professionals.

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Gemma Moss

Gemma is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature, and currently the Course Director for the BA English undergraduate degree programmes. 

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Gregory Leadbetter

Professor Gregory Leadbetter is a poet and critic. His research focuses on Romantic poetry and thought, the traditions to which these relate, and the history and practice of poetry more generally.

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Luan Shaw

Dr Luan Shaw is Director of Postgraduate Studies (Music) at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she has taught since 2011. 

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Adam Whittaker

Adam is Head of Pedagogy and a Lecturer in Music at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, having previously worked as a Research Fellow in BCU’s CSPACE, and at the University of Nottingham.

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Mike Villiers-Stuart

Mike started his broadcasting career in 1983 as a journalist in cable TV newsrooms and progressed to becoming a news Producer/Director before moving into broadcast TV as a Network Director for Thames Television and Producer for the BBC.

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Sam Coley

Sam Coley is an Associate Professor (International) for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University. He is also Award Leader for the MA Media Production at Birmingham School of Media, where he teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate audio production modules.

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Alan McQueen

Alan McQueen has spent the last 30 years working with the most important and influential UK film companies. He started his career in the film and home entertainment industry in 1983 with MSD Holdings. 

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Panch Suntharalingam

Dr Panch Suntharalingam is currently the Course Director for MA Design at Birmingham City University.

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Michael Bickerton

Dr Michael Bickerton is Course Leader on the BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production course.

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Sion Lenton

Sion Lenton is the Course Director for BA (Hons) Video Game Design for the Games Film and Animation School at Birmingham City University. 

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Yemisi Akinbobola

Yemesi is a senior lecturer and Research Degrees Coordinator for the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Her research interests are in African Feminism(s) and media in Africa.

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Caroline Archer-Parré

Caroline Archer-Parré is Professor of Typography, Co-director of the Centre for Printing History & Culture at Birmingham City University and Chair of the Baskerville Society. 

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