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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

RAE 6 Evidence of Esteem

Professor Paul Wells is a leading figure in the field of Animation Studies. He has published key texts in the field, and is contracted and near completion of books on British Animation : An Industry of Innovation (BFI) and Animation : Genre and Authorship (Wallflower Press). He was Senior Academic referee for the AHRB funding bid for the International Centre for the Study of Animation and Digital Images at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, at Farnham. He was also the an External panel member for the validation of the MA Animation programme at the Royal College of Art in London. Further, he has been an External Examiner for an M Phil on Animation at Anglia Polytechnic University and a PhD on the work of Jacques Tati at Middlesex University. He also also on the Benchmarking Reference Groups for both the Communications, Cultural and Media Studies, and Dance, Drama and Cinematics areas, following on from his work for the QAA and the Arts Council since 1996. He gained funding from the British Academy to deliver a keynote address at the Animac Animation Festival at Lleida, Spain in 1999, and from 1996-1998, the British Film Institute and the Education Department of the Museum of the Moving Image sponsored a series of public lectures entitled ‘Around the World in Animation’, supporting the series with an educational publication of the same name. In March 2000, he was also requested by leading British film critics to contribute to a book called ‘Film : The Critic’s Choice’ (Ivy Press 2001), writing about key works in the field of animation. Professor Wells has also edited two collections of essays, in collaboration with De Montfort University colleagues, Tim O’Sullivan and Alan Burton, on Basil Dearden (Flicks Books 1998) and the Boulting brothers (Flicks Books 2000). In collaboration with Illuminations Television, he has recently made Cartoons Kick Ass (TX 26/9/2000), a Channel Four documentary concerning subversive animation, and was a research consultant and participant for Ker-Blatt (TX 7/12/2000), a Radio Four documentary on soundtracks in animated films He won a Sony award for his six part radio series, Spinechillers, a history of the horror film, which underpins his book, The Horror Genre : From Beelzebub to Blair Witch. This balance between academic criticism and professional practice informs the distinctiveness of his published and broadcast work nationally and internationally.

Mr Simon Popple is an established figure in the study of photography and early cinema, best reflected in his co-editorship of the internationally established Living Pictures journal, launched by Flicks Books, embracing all the leading figures in this area of study. His publication record reflects his expertise in Archive research, and his previous developmental work at the Bradford Museum of Photography, Film and Television, where he was a key figure in a number of initiatives. He is now co-ordinating aspects of the potential research projects that will eminate from the NRFTVA, and curating an exhibition, ‘The Private World of a Victorian Photographer : The Work of Edward Linley Sambourne’, on the Punch caricaturist and photographer for the Tate Gallery (Sept 2000). He is also writing an essay for the catalogue which is being published as a special edition of the British Journal of Art.

Mr Paul Watson is an emerging research active academic, near completion of his PhD on the re-evaluation of the ‘canon’ within Film Studies epistomologies, and already having published four well regarded pieces of work. Further, he established himself on the international stage with his paper, ‘The Lost World or the World Well Lost : Digital Dinosaurs and the Postphotographic Documentary’ at the Society for Animation Studies Conference in Trondheim, Norway 2000, which has attracted interest and correspondence, and will be published in an up-dated version in the Animation Review (2002).

The Media Studies Team have also won the coveted ‘Tyne Tees Television Media Partnership’ ahead of other deliverers in the region, for its foresight in the development of media education and research strategies. Similarly, the Royal Television Society regional group have collaborated with the University in the development of the Royal Television Society Young Film and Video-makers Awards, in recognition of the Team’s commitment to regional projects and initiatives.


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