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Higher education

Focus across all HE work is on preparing future graduates for  industry careers whilst inspiring and mentoring their personal and professional development.


University Arts London: London College of Communication


(2018 - current)

Year Leader BAFTV2 : Senior Lecturer: Unit Leader (Screenwriting, Drama Production) & Year Leader of BA Film and TV year 2.

Full range of student academic management and pastoral care. Qualified MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDER.

(2016 - 2018)


Associate Lecturer : BA Film and TV. Intense module in creating live studio TV; comedy, drama and talk show formats.


University Of Chichester

(2009 - 2018)


Associate Lecturer : creating and delivering modules across

two schools / degree courses:-


BA Hons Acting For Film. 

2016 - 2018: A new degree course Ian suggested when working as an external advisor. Ian has created and co-written three new contextual modules. Engaged in ongoing delivery to  undergrad acting students, AFF years 1 & 2  - Intro To Industry, Through The Lens, Iconoclasts To Icons.

BA Hons Digital Film Production & Screenwriting.  

2008 - 2018: Ian gave regular guest lectures and tutorials in drama directing, cross platform production and directing actors, across all year groups, leading to a two year tenure as Associate Lecturer, creating and delivering modules :-

Module leader - Performance Is King : directing actors. Working with professional actors, students engage in an intense full-week delivery and assessment.


Module : lecturer; Filming Performance / Pop Video with module leader Cliff Hayden. Originally launched with co-lecturer Tim Pope.


Professional mentor to Senior Lecturer Director Darren Mapletoft on his final

MA project, award winning short film ‘Submerged’. The role involved direct BA student contact, giving on the job training.



Bournemouth University

(2008 - 2018)


Guest lecturer to MA post grad & BA undergraduate year groups in professional production practises, specialising in all aspects of directing screen drama.

(2016 +17) : supervising post-grad students through their MA Directing penultimate and final film production projects.


Guest lecturer (BA) - Cross Platform Narrative / Production.


Guest lecturer (BA) - Writing and delivering the Perfect Pitch.


Guest lectures (MA) - the Director’s Journey + Directing Actors.


Seminar / tutorials to : BA y2 and y3 final projects + MA production projects.


External marker - MA Directors (2012 & 2014)

Dissertation Project Tutor / marker - MA directors 2014

Invited to supervise 2016 MA final projects.


Vocational Training Leader as writer-director of Red Balloon production ‘Young Drivers - Fatal Four’;  a series of short films for national road safety awareness campaign for young drivers. Client - Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service.


Guildford School Of Acting @ University Of Surrey

(2014 - 2017)


Guest lectures - professional practise ‘Acting For Screen In Fast Turnaround TV’.


London Guildhall School Of Music & Drama 


Screenacting - self devised and tutored 6 week module to BA3 acting students. Alumni went on to major successes inc: Micaela Coel (I May Destroy You, Chewing Gum), Emily Berrington (Inbetweeners 2 The Movie, Humans, 24), Cara Theobald (Downton Abbey), and more.


Bradford University


Professional Mentor to BA3 TV Studio Production (multicam drama).


University Of Cumbria


BA Media Production : seminars guiding students on final project selection and marking BA final dissertation production projects.


University Of Sunderland


Guest lecturer in MA Screenwriting


Carlisle College - tutor in A Level Media Studies.





Cumbria Film Independents for Northern Stage Theatre & N:Stage Films 


Film Maker In Residence : Ian devised and ran various community arts based projects bewteen 1997 - 2002. Engaged in training participants from disadvantaged communities in all disciplines relating to film production - screenwriting, camera, editing, sound recording, directing actors and acting for camera. This unique position in British Theatre led to meetings with Lord Putnam in his role as Chairman of The BFI.


Highly regarded, award winning films and arts projects included:-


Screenlab - Two 14 week community Sceenlabs across one year with participants in Newcastle-U-Tyne. As projects grew, assimilated NVQ levels 1 & 2 qualification for participants via Durham and East Houghall Community College. Ian had to set assignments and assess particpant’s work as the groups devised, wrote and directed their own series of short films, all of which were premiered at Tyneside Cinema - patron Mike Figgis. Screenlab became a fixture of Northern Stage and Tyneside Cinema’s community arts work for many years after Ian moved on and still goes on in different forms today. 


The Gatherers 1 - community devised drama in Barrow In Furness, Cumbria.


Impact Housing - community documentary on Salterbeck Estate, Workington, Cumbria.


Gatherers 2 - expanding on the original project, a second wave of community film drama making in Barrow In Furness. Skill Set certificates awarded to shadow role community participants who were engaged in development and production of half hour film that was festivaled at Edinburgh and beyond and sold to regional TV.


A Pure Buzz - participant devised documentary, training and mentoring incarcerated young offenders at HMYOI Deerbolt, Co. Durham. Sheffield Documentary Festival prize winer.


Still Life - teenage mothers in Newcastle-U-Tyne, trained in film making to have their voices heard in their own documentary.


Watchword 101 - pre X-Factor and reality TV, a teenage Geordie girl band give voice to their hopes, dreams and fears as they learn to video diary document their progress on video. 





The Actors' Center North East & Actors' Centre Manchester - as a board member of the Actor’s Centre NE, Ian ran workshops for actors in Acting For Camera.


Capital Screen Arts - Acting school created by actor Darren Bransford. Regular workshop session leader, training young actors in screenacting.





Bournemouth University : (2016-17) : Professional advisor on the board of BATV Industry Panel


Royal Television Society : (2016-17) : Professional mentor to BU graduates and judge on panel of RTS Southern Region Student Film Awards.


UK Film Council : Professional mentor to various new screenwriters and directors via various schemes aimed at developing new and up and coming talent. Ian continues to mentor people he first met through schemes from 2002 and 2005:-


Northern Film & Media - STINGERS

2002 : Producer and head of production across four short films made by new, up and coming filmmakers.


North West Vision - DIGI SHORTS

2005 : Producer and head of production across two short films made by new, up and coming filmmakers, including 2D digi-animation Ragnarok, a film by Geof Wolfenden.


Lime Pictures - as a regular director on Hollyoaks, Ian has mentored TV newcomers, both directors and actors, on the UK's most watched continuing teen drama.

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AFHEA, PGCert, MHFA, BA (Hons)



15 years H.E. EXPERIENCE 






Directing Screen Drama


Directing Actors

ScreenactingCreative Producing

Cross Platform Creation

Professional Practise

Mentor Programmes


"Earning my  BA Hons degree at 32 completely changed my life. I am PROOF of the power of education!


I'm always happy to give something back ... and I'm moved and honoured to be able to inspire up and coming talent."

Committed to giving students the best experience and to the highest standard of teaching.


Always keen to discuss new opportunities in HE.


Contact via the link below.

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