Val Jacobs is the course leader for BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles. She has academic and administrative responsibility for the programme and looks after the enrichment part of the course: facilitating live projects, arranging visiting speakers, exhibitions, shows, study trips and visits. Val maintains close links with industry and employers and has developed a unique network of Industry Mentors who support final year students.
Prior to her career as a university lecturer, Val has worked extensively in the fashion industry as a stylist, consultant and as an independent designer, selling to Japan and the USA, to stores including; Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges and Liberty.
Val has also experienced working with a number of high street brands including River Island, Topshop and M&S. Her work has appeared in magazines in including Vogue and Harpers and Queen.
Louise Seager is a workshop supervisor for the BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles course. She studied at the London College of Fashion, gaining skills in pattern cutting, design and garment construction. This led to work at Courtaulds, River Island and other London design houses. After leaving London, she ran her own business designing and creating wedding dresses and special occasion wear.
In recent years she has learnt new innovative pattern cutting techniques such as Transformational Reconstruction, a form of origami pattern cutting and vintage couture techniques.
Louise teaches the following modules/skills: Pattern Cutting; Garment Construction; Textile Processes.
Rebecca Alexander is a Lecturer in Contextual Studies. Rebecca’s experience includes being both a student and subsequently a member of staff at University Centre Colchester. Rebecca is an avid collector of decorative objects and vintage fashion. Eclectic collections of interior and fashion objects infuse her work in education and printed textile development.
Her freelance design practice involves developing ideas for print and colour across a range of markets for both fashion and interior contexts. Drawing plays an important part in the development of her work, which is often eclectic, yet always trend lead.
She designs prints for her own label, an activity that is highly relevant to her work as a lecturer.
Christopher Matthews is a lecturer in Photography. Educated in New Zealand, Christopher’s professional experience is as a commissioned documentary photographer. His photographic work is held in collection of Te Papa Tongarewa (National Museum), Alexander Turnbull Library, Auckland City Art Gallery and Christchurch City Art Gallery.
Christopher’s practice spans a number of research foci, including an ongoing project about the photojournalist Kurt Hutton. He has already produced a limited edition portfolio of the photographer’s East Anglian work (in conjunction with the Report Archive) and a biographical text is currently in progress.
He worked in NZ film industry before coming to the UK. Christopher is the recipient of an Anglo-Israeli Award (1996) and Arts Council England funding (1996, 2005).
Neil Ayling is a lecturer in Fine Art. Neil’s career combines his ongoing studio practice with lecturing in Higher Education. He has given guest lectures, workshops and masterclasses at a number of universities, including Central St.Martins, Manchester Metropolitan University, Loughborough University, Plymouth University and Bath Spa University.
Hierarchy between imagery and materials in Neil’s practice doesn’t exist. At least that is his intent. He explores ways to fragment, isolate, self-reference and manipulate imagery through the making process.
Neil also works as a studio assistant at Sir Anthony Caro’s Studio, Barford Sculptures Ltd, where he also delivers educational workshops for schools.
Sarah Sabin is the course leader for the BA Art & Design Foundation year. Sarah’s experience of teaching combines Higher Education with secondary school and outreach projects. She has taught at Colchester Institute, Colchester Sixth Form College, and a number of adult community colleges.
Sarah has been an artist and educator for over twenty years. Her art work interprets and reimagines sites and their histories, through making, public participation and site specific projects in the public realm.
Sarah also has experience of informal education/ gallery education programmes, including Arts Council England funded initiatives.
Dr Matthew Bowman is a lecturer in Contextual Studies and teaches the following modules:
Critical and Contextual Studies; Developmental Research; Dissertation. Matthew has taught at the University of Essex and the University of Suffolk in addition to his role at University Centre Colchester.
Matthew Bowman is an art critic and historian who has published widely. His research focuses on twentieth century and contemporary art, criticism, photography, the art market, and philosophy in the USA and Europe. He has given lectures and talks at the Tate Gallery, The National Museum in Oslo, The Royal College of Art, the University of Nottingham and numerous other places.
His research interests are rooted in art history, especially art since World War II, and continental philosophy from Kant onwards.
Mick is Head of School of Art and is responsible for the overall management, planning, curriculum development and artistic direction.
Mick has extensive experience of delivering and heading Art-based programmes in Further and Higher Education settings in the UK, including positions at Leeds School of Art and Stamford College.
His professional work combines the role of artist and educationalist. A lot of Mick’s early work was in film animation and he produced a number of shorts, one of which was selected for the Cambridge Animation Festival. He also worked on the original series of Superted animated cartoons; up to that point at least, the only non-Disney cartoon to make it onto the Disney TV channel. Mick also worked commercially for several years, as a freelance artist, illustrator and sign writer, producing work
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.
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.
Julien Mery is the Programme Leader for the Digital Film Production degree course at UCC. He teaches on the production and technology-based modules.
Julien has worked for over 15 years in the film and education sector in Germany, France, Denmark and the UK. He also works as regular media trainer for the UNHCR in Europe and West Africa.
To date, he has self-produced two feature films and established a regional organisation to help promote and coordinate film production activities across East Anglia. The formal network he established now has over 1500 talent and crew listed which he regularly provides with employment opportunities. As a result, he has supported over 8 feature film productions, along with countless shorts films and TV programmes filming in East Anglia, several of which our students were involved in.
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 music, 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.
Andy Watson is a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Popular Music. Andy has taught at Leeds College of Music, Bretton Hall College of Higher Education, Anglia Polytechnic University, Harlow College, Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester. Andy is an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM) and a member of the Musicians’ Union and PRS for Music.
His music performance credits include; sessions for Yorkshire TV, Channel 4, Carlton Television, BBC, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera North, as well as seven West End Shows including Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard and Anything Goes.
Andy has an extensive jazz performance track record, including performances with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, Paul Higg’s Pavane, Helen Shapiro and various clubs and festivals.
Malcolm Miles is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Music Education. As well as teaching at University Centre Colchester, Malcolm works at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a music lecturer, and has taught jazz saxophone at the Junior Guildhall.
Malcolm describes the focus of his work as being ‘a jazz-based career, specialising in education, and supported by a wide range of musical abilities that include performance, improvisation and composition’. He is an experienced teacher at all levels including Secondary, Further and Higher Education, and including conservatoire training.
He has been an external examiner at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) and Goldsmiths, as well as a member of degree course validation panels at Middlesex University.
Dr Mark Pulman is a lecturer in Music and Performing Arts, teaching modules: in Critical Studies in Musical Theatre; Musicianship and Music Teaching in Practice. Mark also works as an accompanist for auditions and performances.
Mark is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM). He is also a former Head of Music in three secondary schools.
His professional life encompasses both popular and classical music performance, and music education. Mark has substantial industry experience with various music companies at senior levels, including Novello & Co Ltd, Warner/Chappell Music, Hal Leonard (USA), and Spartan Press.
Rhett Moir is a lecturer in Music Technology. He has taught at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester since 2003. Rhett has also been recognised as an Apple Certified Pro for Logic.
Rhett’s main interest is in production music. He has worked for Felt Music, The Funky Junkies Music Production Company, EMI Production Music, The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop and Extreme Music.
His compositions and productions are synced with most of the main terrestrial and satellite stations in Europe and America. A small selection of Rhett’s work can be found on Spotify.
Tim Pells is the instrumental studies coordinator at University Centre Colchester and teaches modules/skills in: Guitar; Song Writing; Education Practice and Performance. Tim is a member of the Incorporated Society Musicians (ISM).
Tim is a highly experienced educator who has worked extensively in a number of institutions and in private practice. Tim has worked in music continuously since 1970, first in Canada then since 1978 in the UK.
Following his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, he took the post of guitar organiser for the Inner London Education Authority, coordinating guitar teaching in London schools. Since 1984 he has been Head of Guitar at the Centre for Young Musicians (Guildhall School) and a member of the English Guitar Quartet with whom he has toured and recorded internationally.
Caroline Finlay is a tutor in Piano and Musicianship. Caroline also works as an accompanist for auditions and performances.
Caroline combines work at University Centre Colchester with private practice, as well as specialist tuition in schools locally. She has a number of private piano and flute students.
Caroline studied piano with Martin Hughes and continued post-graduate studies with Paul Hamburger and Victor Morris (English National Opera, ENO) developing her skills as accompanist and repetiteur. She performs regularly throughout East Anglia, including at the Aldeburgh Festival. Caroline accompanies several choirs, and enjoyed performing the piano duet arrangement of Brahms’ Requiem alongside Tim Carey at St James’ Piccadilly, London.
Matthew Morgan-Stevens is a Lecturer in Acting. Matthew combines his lecturing work with freelance work in the industry as freelance director/assistant director. Recent work includes: Rugby World Cup Skits (London Quest Company); Tom Allen – Life/Style (Assembly Rooms) and Living History (East 15 Acting School).
Matthew has a passion for theatre that has a message; that connects with an audience and makes people question their own actions and beliefs. He is a great believer in the art of ‘play’ within performance, drawing influence from practitioners such as John Wright and Philippe Gaulier.
Matthew continues to have direct links with the performing arts industry and brings this knowledge in to the rehearsal room with the students.
Simon Warne is Course Leader and Lecturer in Musical Theatre. He is the musical director of college choral groups, showcases and other course productions. Before joining University Centre Colchester, Simon combined his role as a lay clerk at Chelmsford Cathedral with working for Essex Music Services’ choral development and peripatetic singing team.
Simon is an experienced choral director and workshop leader, who works with a diverse range of advanced, and community based choirs including regular direction of the Essex County Youth Choirs.
He now combines his knowledge of traditional choral music with an in depth understanding of voice and physiology, through his wide experience of the Estill Model.
Nova Hughes is a lecturer in Musical Theatre and tutor in Voice. Nova teaches teaches modules/skills in Singing; Voice and Physiology; Acting in Musical Theatre; Accents; Rehearsing and Performance Skills.
Nova has taught Singing and Voice at Urdang Academy in London and at the University of Venice. Nova is a certified master teacher of Estill Voice Training (EMT/CMT) and a certified fitness instructor (YMCA).
After graduating from Mountview, Nova worked in London’s West End for three years. She then successfully auditioned for Celebrity Cruises and continued to work for this company for five years as a production singer and then on the yachts of Seabourn for three years.
Hazel Banham is a lecturer in Dance and teaches the following modules/skills: Ballet; Jazz. Hazel has extensive experience of dance education, ranging from primary to university, and has also delivered educational and community outreach projects, involving dance.
During her time as professional performer, Hazel performed all around the globe for a variety of companies, and in a number of roles.
Hazel worked as company manager, dance captain, singer-dancer and dancer on encompassed cruise lines, international tours, casinos and music videos. These include Marques Productions, Belinda King Presents, Costa Crusie Lines, Crystal Cruises, P&O, Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Showstoppers Worldwide, Showbizworks.com and Raymond Gubby Presents.
Mark Roberts is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Film Music and Soundtrack Production. After a career as a recording engineer and music producer, Mark returned to music performance as a trumpet player. He is currently playing with a number of orchestras and big bands within the Essex and London areas
Mark’s research interests lie in musical performance practice along with promotion of contemporary trumpet repertoire. Mark has also worked as a music lecturer at South Thames College.
His professional recording credits as an engineer include 1987 Fairy Tale of New York, Kirsty McColl and The Pogues, 1992 Your Arsenal, Morrissey and 1994 Breathe (re-mix), Kate Bush.
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