Mike Villiers-Stuart

Course Leader for MA Future Media

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.

  • Expert
  • Course Leader
  • Active in Industry
  • Creative media


I have been the Course Leader for MA/MSc Future Media for ten years following thirty years in industry as an on-air marketing and branding creative for BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera and other international EMEA broadcasters.


If you're already an industry professional, the teaching team and I can help you develop a more strategic approach to your marketing communications, branding and creative content production, as well as your appreciation of current and emerging digital technologies. If you're a recent graduate, we can help you align your degree and ambitions to evolving creative industry trends so that your professional practice fits your skill set and personal progression. The digital revolution is burgeoning, visual culture is more alive now than ever; so whilst our overall objective is employability, our teaching philosophy is practice-led and our context is future media and communications.

Industry connections

I am honoured and privileged to have many valuable industry connections. These connections generously give their time and support to our courses and students with live briefs on exciting projects, guest lectures, visits to their premises and... jobs in the shape of placements, internships, and employment. Connections range from eCommerce marketing agencies like CAKE to digital product studios like 383 Project and international media giants like BBC Creative.

Former students

Our students are living their dreams, either through their own entrepreneurial enterprise or through finding work in exciting places as managers and creatives in digital media and marketing communications. Examples range from agencies like Mediacom, Hotwire, Wavemaker, Kantar, Edge and Accenture to brands like Pandora, BBC Creative and Tesla.

Studying Media in Birmingham

Birmingham is a hub for the creative industries and at the leading edge of digital innovation in the creative industries. The University has impressive links to the sector and the credentials to forge meaningful relationships that can transform lives: our links to local advertising agencies like CAKE, SHC Creative, GRIN and 383 Project means that our students can benefit from real world mentorship, professional placements, and fulltime jobs.