Currently I teach on three programmes – Drama and Performance undergraduate, Film and Media undergraduate and the MA Culture and Creative Enterprise. (Prior to my current position I worked as a visiting lecturer at QMU since 1996 and participated in a wide variety of modules and programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level).
I have a background in entrepreneurship. Over many years I have set up a range of businesses, including – a data management company, an ecard design and marketing website, a proofreading and editing business, a website providing information on discounts and concessions for senior citizens and two family run retail establishments. The data management company – DCA Scotland – ran for 15 years and successfully developed a range of learning information software and databases. During this time I employed over ten QMU graduates in various jobs within the company.
I also have a background in careers guidance having worked as a careers adviser for Lothian Regional Council providing careers help and advice to a wide range of clients – including school pupils, college students, children with special needs, adults and employers.
I am a member of QMU’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Advisory Group. As part of this I have been involved in developing the on-campus Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) and I am actively involved in helping a range of creative industry students set up new businesses which will be located in the BIZ area. As a member of the group I will also be involved in the implementation of QMU’s Entrepreneurship Action Plan and associated knowledge exchange activities.
Looking to develop research into entrepreneurship within the creative sector and the use of social media by micro businesses.
My primary teaching and learning areas include the following topics:- entrepreneurship, employability, client working, project management, experiential and reflective learning, group working, personal development planning – all of this focused on the creative industry sector. I have a particular interest in the role of entrepreneurship within the creative sector and seek to encourage students to consider this as an option for themselves post-graduation. Client working is another main focus - helping students understand the issues and opportunities involved in this aspect of their studies. I also look to develop their understanding of the theory and practice of reflective learning.
Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Theatre & Film.