Ellie is a lecturer in media and course director for the School of Media's Foundation Programme. Before joining BCU Ellie worked in Higher Education for four years. Ellie was an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, where she was module leader for TV Comedy and Drama and taught across a range of courses for BA Film Studies and Screenwriting students. She also worked as an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University within Manchester School of Art teaching Contextual Studies to filmmaking, animation and photography undergraduate students. Before teaching in HE Ellie worked in the UK film education sector, during this time she delivered training to teachers, youth workers and professional filmmakers across the country and organised filmmaking and theory activities for large organisations such as The BFI, The Industry Trust and Transformation Trust.
Ellie's research is focused on contemporary feminisms and stand-up comedy and she has been Researcher in residence with the UK Women in Comedy festival since 2014. In 2017 she co-founded Mixed Bill a comedy and gender research network which seeks to engage comedy industry professionals, researchers and members of the public in discussions and activities that address the under-representation of minority groups within the comedy industry. She has published on feminist and post-feminist stand-up comedy, self-deprecatory comedy and body positivity as well as more recently exploring comic reactions to the Brexit.
Ellie has a BA in Theatre, Film and Television from York St John College, University of Leeds and an MA in Film and Television: Culture, Theory and Industry from the University of Westminster. She is currently completing her PhD with Sheffield Hallam University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.