British Universities Film & Video Council

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Learning on Screen Judges 2014

The British Universities Film & Video Council is delighted to welcome the following individuals to judge the Learning on Screen Awards 2014:

Chair: Ian Wall

Ian Wall taught English & Media at Holland Park comprehensive where he was a head of department before founding Film Education in 1985. Over the last 26 years he has worked on a wide range of projects, including educational resources on hundreds of feature films. Ian is the winner of two BAFTAs and speaks on issues relating to education, media literacy and film all over the world. In 2013 Film Education closed. Ian is currently setting up a new organisation, The Film Space, which will provide resources and training for teachers in the use of film across the curriculum.

Simon Birkett

Simon Birkett leads the Technology Enhanced Learning team within the Institute for Learning Enhancement and Innovation at the University of Derby. His team promotes and develops the use of Learning Technology by offering academic support and guidance through a network of Learning Technology Advisers, developing and enhancing electronic learning systems and offering a range of media services for the production of high quality learning materials. He has responsibility for research and development within this area and for innovation in the design of learning and teaching spaces and the integration of classroom audiovisual (AV) technology.

Simon is the Chair of SCHOMS (, a Higher Education (HE) professional body that represents 85 UK HE institutions. SCHOMS specialises and promotes media services, the deployment of classroom technology and AV equipment and Innovation in the design of learning spaces.

Originally from the creative industries, Simon has worked in Higher Education for 20 years, the last nine years in senior management positions. Particular interests are the strategic management of learning technologies and engaging with non-traditional practitioners; led through his interest and research into the resistance to technology adoption. He is a member of Academic Board at the University and sits on several major committees.

Stella Bruzzi

Stella Bruzzi is Professor of Film and Television Studies at Warwick University. Her books include: New Documentary (2006), Seven Up (2007), Bringing Up Daddy: Fatherhood and Masculinity in Post-war Hollywood (2005) and Undressing Cinema: Clothing and Identity in the Movies (1997). Currently on a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, she is researching Approximation: Documentary, History and Staging Reality. Men’s Cinema: Masculinity and Mise-en-scene in Hollywood and a revised edition of Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations and Analysis were both published in 2013.

Judith Bunting

Judith Bunting is a producer and director of science documentaries and entertainment for television – from Horizon to Magic Hands, the poetry series currently showing on CBeebies. She began life in tv, in the live studios of Tomorrow’s World and went on to direct programmes for BBCs 1, 2 and 3. As an Exec and Series Producer she has taken care of high-rating series and events from the 201’ epic, Breast Cancer – The Op, to The Search for the Amazon Headhunters, for National Geographic. Her programmes and teams have won awards from the Science Et Image (Paris), Learning on Screen, the International Wildlife Film Festival and, among others, the RTS.

Clare Fisher

Clare Fisher initially spent seven years making wildlife films in Bristol for the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery. After working with Professor Desmond Morris on the series, The Human Sexes, she moved into human behaviour and other broader science-based documentaries. Often presenter-led, and often with an observational element, this has included two years filming for Animal Planet following the US Military bomb dogs department, and their training and work in the US, Iraq and Europe. Her programmes have ranged from neuroscience to farming, from architecture to junkyard artists, including two and half years on C4’s Grand Designs.

She is currently a series producer at Windfall Films, on engineering shows including Massive Moves and Monster Moves, and their latest Discovery Science series, Strip the City.

Dr Freddie Gaffney

Dr Freddie Gaffney is the Subject Leader for the BA (Hons) Digital Film Production and BA (Hons) Scriptwriting courses at Ravensbourne. He is a cinematographer, screenwriter, production manager and author, as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chartered Institute of Educational Examiners and Writers’ Guild. Freddie was also a founder member of the Kent International Film Festival, and of the Kent Cinemas Project.

Sue Howard

Sue Howard became Director of the Yorkshire Film Archive in 1998. Along with the YFA Board of Trustees, Sue has overseen the transformation of the YFA from a small community project into a highly successful regional film archive, supporting Yorkshire’s creative industries through work with broadcasters and production companies, film festivals and cinema exhibitors, and also through partnership work in the heritage sector with libraries, museums, and community organisations, delivering across the region through an ongoing programme of outreach initiatives and screenings.

In 2004, the YFA secured capital investment of over £1 million to move to new purpose built premises in York. Sue’s role in this was as principal fund-raiser, both for the build itself and the subsequent development of a forward strategy for the organisation, beginning the transition from analogue to digital operations. In 2012 she was central to the merger negotiations with the North East Film Archive, based at Teesside University. Sue now oversees delivery across the two regions, managing a staff team of 10, who are working to care for, and create access to collections of around over 50,000 film and video titles.

Over the past four years Sue has been prominent on national advocacy for the regional film archive sector, and is Deputy Chair of Film Archives UK. Follow Sue on Twitter: @sjhowdo

Richard McCracken

Richard McCracken is Director of The Case Centre, an independent, educational charity with a mission to promote the case method in management education by raising awareness, increasing usage and developing the skills of case teachers and authors. He has worked in independent radio and as a recording engineer and was Head of Intellectual Property at The Open University where he led the acquisition and protection of the OU’s media rights across all media.

Caren Milloy

Caren Milloy is Head of Projects at JISC Collections and manages a wide portfolio of projects in the area of digital content for education and research. Over the last 11 years at Jisc, Caren has undertaken projects to explore user behaviours for new content formats such as ebooks, and innovative business and licensing models to support open access. She has also led the development of the Jisc eCollections service which comprises of three content platforms – Jisc MediaHub, Jisc Journal Archives and Jisc Historic Books. In addition, Caren has negotiated a wide range of agreements for digital multimedia content and devised the creation of the Hairdressing Training online resource for Further Education.

Southan Morris

Southan Morris is one of the most respected and sought-after directors in the UK. His diverse career has seen him spend months on the front line with British and American Marines in Afghanistan, as well as filming in some of the harshest climates around the world. He is well known for his work on Ross Kemp Back on the Front Line, Ross Kemp Extreme World (Chicago Heroin), Drugs Inc for Nat Geo (The Hash Trail), Top Gear and most recently directing Idris Elba: King of Speed for BBC Two and series directing Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.

Southan spent the first nine years of his career at the BBC, directing multi-camera and documentary productions, including Foot in the Door, Ruby Wax meets OJ, Spice Girls and Recommended Daily Allowance. He then left to launch his own production company, Scream Films, where he was Creative Director and where he executive produced all of Scream’s 400 hours of broadcast television. Scream grew rapidly with a varied portfolio including Terror Alert, The Boy with Divine Powers, Tree Man, Loose Lips, I’m Famous & frightened and Dale’s Wedding. In 2004, Scream was voted Most Creative Independent by the Broadcast Commissioners’ survey. The following year the company was bought by Fox Television Studios and Southan went on to run Fox Studios UK for two years.

Throughout his time at Scream, Southan continued his career as a Director of high-quality programmes. These have included everything from music videos and commercials, to serious documentaries and big budget factual entertainment programmes. Previous Credits include: BBC One specials – Lenny’s Big Atlantic Adventure (Broadcast nominated); Jack Dee Sent to Siberia; Ian Wright Surviving the Kalahari (Broadcast nominated); Ross Kemp Alive in Alaska; ITV’s Men in Tights, in which eight shipyard workers from Newcastle performed with the English National Ballet (Grierson Award); ITV Sound of Music Children (Bafta Nominated), Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory for Channel 4, Robson Green’s Wild Swimming, and Feature Documentary; George Michael, A Different Story. The latter achieved a cinematic release in sixteen countries and was the official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival, Tribeca, Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro film festivals.

James Patterson

James Patterson is the Director of the Media Archive for Central England (MACE) and a Senior Academic at Lincoln School of Media, University of Lincoln, and is one of the UK’s most experienced moving image archivists. Before moving to MACE in 2000, James worked for 21 years at the National Film and Television Archive at the British Film Institute, where he was responsible for the archive’s non-fiction collections.

Jonathan Sanderson

Jonathan Sanderson worked in science broadcast from 1994, and now runs a small film production and consultancy, StoryCog. His clients include NESTA, Gatsby Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Institution and Abu Dhabi Science Festival. His most recent work is “Demo” (2013), an exploration of the use of practical demonstrations in science teaching.

Leigh Thomas

Leigh Thomas is Director of Partnerships for Film Nation. Film Nation UK’s mission is to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience. Supported by the BFI, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources, Film Nation will deliver an ambitious new programme that seeks to make a step change in film learning for 5-19 year olds across the UK, encouraging and enabling watching, making and critical understanding of film in one accessible offer.

Kate Wicklow

Kate Wicklow is Head of Quality and Student Engagement at the National Union of Students and has worked in the Higher Education sector over the last 7 years. She leads a team of staff who further students’ unions understanding and engagement in quality, and engages with the sector to develop their student engagement practices. She also oversees the development of public information and learning and teaching policy for NUS and supports the sector in developing a partnership approach to local teaching and learning policy formulation through evidence based action.

She has been a QAA Institutional Reviewer since 2009 – undertaking five Audits to date. She holds a drama and music degree from Anglia Ruskin University, and is currently studying for a PG Certificate in Educational and Social Research through the University of London/Institute of Education.

Please note: Judges must declare any conflicts of interest prior to judging. If any conflicts arise, they will not be involved in judging those entries.