School set to welcome new staff this summer
Robert Shail will join the School as Professor of Film. He joins us from the University of Wales where he was previously the Head of the Department of Film and Media, leading the Research Excellence Framework (REF) bid as Deputy Director of Research for the University.
Robert is a journal reviewer for the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and the Journal of Science Fiction Films and Television, editor for New Perspectives on World Cinema and a book reviewer for Routledge and Palgrave-Macmillan/BFI. He is the author of British Directors: A Critical Guide and Stanley Baker: A Life in Film and is soon to publish the history of the Children’s Film Foundation in conjunction with the BFI.
Jane Morton will also be joining the Northern Film School as Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking - Production Design.
Jane is an experienced Production Designer, having worked professionally on films including Morvern Callar, the Oscar-winning Peter and the Wolf and the BAFTA-winning Olympics film Swimmer. Her work is featured in Georgina Shorter’s book Designing for Screen.
Jane has previously taught at Central St Martins, University of Derby, Rose Bruford and the Northern Film School.
Dr William Barker and Dr Sue Miller are set to join the Music team as Senior Lecturers in Audio Engineering and Music Production and Performance respectively.
Will is a Research and Development Scientist in the renewable energy sector, where he has been applying acoustic and noise measurements to the design of wind turbines and developing the International Electrotechnical Commission standard for Power Performance Measurements.
Will holds a degree in Mechatronics and a PhD in Theremin design. He has toured internationally as a musician.
Sue joins us from Anglia Ruskin where she is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Popular Music.
Sue has toured extensively in the UK with Charanga del Norte, the Cuban band she founded in 1998, as well as performing internationally as a flautist, including guest appearances in Havana and New York.
Sue has contributed her research in popular music to books and journals, presenting at conferences in the USA, Cuba and Brazil, and is the author of the book Cuban Flute Style.
Andrew Fryer, Head of the School of Film, Music & Performing Arts, said: “I know that the whole School joins me in welcoming our new academic staff at such an exciting time in the development of Film, Music and Performing Arts within the University. The combination of industry experience and research expertise that our new colleagues bring to the School is an essential mix for student success and will assure our growing reputation regionally, nationally and internationally.”
Image: Northern Film School graduate, Peter Baumann.