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Danielle Wrayton is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Computer Games with 3D Modelling and Animation. Danielle has taught at Colchester Institute, the University of Essex and University Centre Colchester.

Danielle has worked in creative industries for many years in interactive design, animation and games and runs her own game design studio in Essex. She has worked on numerous digital games designed specifically for diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety, PTSD and OCD.

Research interests include psycho-education and education in games, literacy in games, the impact of new interfaces in games and teaching games as an academic subject.

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Phil Toms is the Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music & Performing Arts. A versatile musician and dedicated educator, Phil contributes to a range of academic programmes, live performances and student auditions.

After completing his studies, Phil, started a freelance career in instrumental and classroom music teaching. In 2006, Phil joined the School of Music at Colchester Institute teaching a variety of degree modules in Music Education. Following the formation of University Centre Colchester (UCC), Phil was appointed to his current post.

Phil has an eclectic musical background from classical music & jazz to prog-folk. Phil is also the film critic for BBC Essex, appearing on radio on a weekly basis.

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Carl Stickley is a lecturer in Film Studies, teaching modules in Earning a Living in the Film and TV Industries, Investigating Professional Practice and Experimental Cinema.

Carl has taught at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester, as well as part-time delivering Job Skills, Film Production, and Digital Photography courses for different Adult Education and Voluntary programmes in Hampshire, Essex and Suffolk.

Carl has worked in the TV industry for over 20 years, covering a range of roles. These include transmission, scheduling and creative services at MTV, Sky and Channel 5, as well as freelancing for the BBC, Turner, ITV, SyFy, Dave and others. Carl’s documentary credits include: Consultant, Russell Brand On The Road (TX BBC2) and Director, Avalon: A Field in Glastonbury (TX C4)

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Matthew McGuchan is a lecturer in Film and Creative Media, teaching modules in Digital Film Production; Multimedia for Tech Theatre; VFX and Animation.

Matthew has held posts as lecturer and visiting lecturer at a number of institutions, including the West London Institute of Higher Education, Nottingham University, Blake College, Suffolk New College, Colchester Institute, and University Centre Colchester.

Matthew works as a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Ipswich. Credits include short films funded by Greater London Arts, BBC2, the BFI and Screen East; writing commissions include Gold Circle, Warp X, Element, Shine, UK Film Council, Channel 4, Radio 4 and Hodder. Matthew is an experienced subeditor and occasional contributor for Radio Times and Sunday Times.

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Julien Mery is a lecturer in Film Production, teaching modules in Marketing & Distribution and Script to Screen. Julien has experience teaching across a range of educational settings, and countries.

Julien undertook his Teacher Training in Denmark and worked in a range of schools in Europe and the UK. He also worked as a freelance media trainer for number of UK charities. Julien currently lectures at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester.

Matthew works as a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Ipswich. Credits include short films funded by Greater London Arts, BBC2, the BFI and Screen East; writing commissions include Gold Circle, Warp X, Element, Shine, UK Film Council, Channel 4, Radio 4 and Hodder. Matthew is an experienced subeditor and occasional contributor for Radio Times and Sunday Times.

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Rachel James is Assistant Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music and Performing Arts. In addition to her administrative responsibilities as Assis-tant Head of School, Rachel lectures in music, film mu-sic, composition, arranging, musical direction and music education.

Rachel has a broad background in teaching, having taught for over 17 years in various establishments. Rachel has taught undergradaute and postgraduate students, as well as guest lectured in Sixth Form colleges and various universities.

At the heart of Rachel’s creative output is a focus on composition. She has worked with EMMY nominated composer Guy Michelmore in West Sussex and is now based in Essex. Rachel has composed music for several feature films, including, Little Happiness, which was nom-inated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Orange Golden Film Awards. Orchestrations include video game James Bond: Goldeneye.

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Dan Collier is a lecturer on the BA Computer Games with 3D Modelling and Animation and teaches modules/skills including Unity Programming, Professional Practice in the games industry and WordPress.

Dan is a veteran video games coder and producer. He has been in the games industry for 15 years. He has worked on a number of titles - including Fifa, Madden and Need for Speed on DS. He was lead on Sims 3 for DS - the game was nominated for a BAFTA.

In 2013 he co-founded Tundra Games - creating mobile and PC games. Their title Rapture - World Conquest has been downloaded over 2 million times.

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Carl Stickley

Carl Stickley is a lecturer in Film Studies, teaching modules in Earning a Living in the Film and TV Industries, Investigating Professional Practice and Experimental Cinema.

Carl has taught at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester, as well as part-time delivering Job Skills, Film Production, and Digital Photography courses for different Adult Education and Voluntary programmes in Hampshire, Essex and Suffolk.

Carl has worked in the TV industry for over 20 years, covering a range of roles. These include transmission, scheduling and creative services at MTV, Sky and Channel 5, as well as freelancing for the BBC, Turner, ITV, SyFy, Dave and others. Carl’s documentary credits include: Consultant, Russell Brand On The Road (TX BBC2) and Director, Avalon: A Field in Glastonbury (TX C4)

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Matthew McGuchan

Matthew McGuchan is a lecturer in Film and Creative Media, teaching modules in Digital Film Production; Multimedia for Tech Theatre; VFX and Animation.

Matthew has held posts as lecturer and visiting lecturer at a number of institutions, including the West London Institute of Higher Education, Nottingham University, Blake College, Suffolk New College, Colchester Institute, and University Centre Colchester.

Matthew works as a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Ipswich. Credits include short films funded by Greater London Arts, BBC2, the BFI and Screen East; writing commissions include Gold Circle, Warp X, Element, Shine, UK Film Council, Channel 4, Radio 4 and Hodder. Matthew is an experienced subeditor and occasional contributor for Radio Times and Sunday Times.

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Julien Mery

Julien Mery is a lecturer in Film Production, teaching modules in Marketing & Distribution and Script to Screen. Julien has experience teaching across a range of educational settings, and countries.

Julien undertook his Teacher Training in Denmark and worked in a range of schools in Europe and the UK. He also worked as a freelance media trainer for number of UK charities. Julien currently lectures at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester.

Matthew works as a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Ipswich. Credits include short films funded by Greater London Arts, BBC2, the BFI and Screen East; writing commissions include Gold Circle, Warp X, Element, Shine, UK Film Council, Channel 4, Radio 4 and Hodder. Matthew is an experienced subeditor and occasional contributor for Radio Times and Sunday Times.

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Rachel James

Rachel James is Assistant Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music and Performing Arts. In addition to her administrative responsibilities as Assis-tant Head of School, Rachel lectures in music, film mu-sic, composition, arranging, musical direction and music education.

Rachel has a broad background in teaching, having taught for over 17 years in various establishments. Rachel has taught undergradaute and postgraduate students, as well as guest lectured in Sixth Form colleges and various universities.

At the heart of Rachel’s creative output is a focus on composition. She has worked with EMMY nominated composer Guy Michelmore in West Sussex and is now based in Essex. Rachel has composed music for several feature films, including, Little Happiness, which was nom-inated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Orange Golden Film Awards. Orchestrations include video game James Bond: Goldeneye.

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Dan Collier

Dan is a veteran video games coder and producer. He has been in the games industry for 15 years. He has worked on a number of titles – including Fifa, Madden and Need for Speed on DS. He was lead on Sims 3 for DS – the game was nominated for a BAFTA.

In 2013 he co-founded Tundra Games – creating mobile and PC games. Their title Rapture – World Conquest has been downloaded over 2 million times.

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Danielle Wrayton

Danielle Wrayton is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Computer Games with 3D Modelling and Animation. Danielle has taught at Colchester Institute, the University of Essex and University Centre Colchester.

Danielle has worked in creative industries for many years in interactive design, animation and games and runs her own game design studio in Essex. She has worked on numerous digital games designed specifically for diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety, PTSD and OCD.

Research interests include psycho-education and education in games, literacy in games, the impact of new interfaces in games and teaching games as an academic subject.

Read staff profile

Phil Toms

Phil Toms is the Head of Schools for Digital Media, Music & Performing Arts. A versatile musician and dedicated educator, Phil contributes to a range of academic programmes, live performances and student auditions.

After completing his studies, Phil, started a freelance career in instrumental and classroom music teaching. In 2006, Phil joined the School of Music at Colchester Institute teaching a variety of degree modules in Music Education. Following the formation of University Centre Colchester (UCC), Phil was appointed to his current post.

Phil has an eclectic musical background from classical music & jazz to prog-folk. Phil is also the film critic for BBC Essex, appearing on radio on a weekly basis.

Read staff profile