Course Leader MA Media Production and Senior Lecturer
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Sam Coley is Senior Lecturer in Radio at Birmingham City University, where he teaches radio production, online radio, documentary production, commercial production and digital audio editing. He has a background in both the UK and New Zealand radio industries and worked as Creative Director for the Northern Region of New Zealand's TRN Network.
He has worked as a radio trainer for the BBC World Service Trust and as a media consultant for CARE International and the Prison Radio Association. In 2006, 2008 and 2010 Sam travelled to Africa to work on various audio projects and research, including radio programmes and advertising campaigns designed to promote sexual health and reproduction awareness for young Ethiopians.
Sam is a radio documentary producer with an interest in the use of audio slideshows. In 2009 he produced features for BBC WM, Spin 1038 Dublin and Absolute Radio. In 2010 he was nominated as a finalist in the "Best On-line Producer" category of the UK Radio Academy's Production Awards and also worked as a freelance documentary producer for Radio New Zealand.
In 2011 he was nominated as a finalist in the 'Best Music Special' category of the UK Sony Radio Academy Awards and in 2012 his 12 part music documentary series "Xfm 25" won gold in the 'Best Music Special' entertainment category at the New York Radio Festival.
In 2013 Sam won bronze in the New York Radio Festivals in the Community Services Category and was a guest speaker at the V&A museums "David Bowie Is..." exhibition, discussing his Bowie related radio documentary work.