An experienced Writer, Educator and Producer of Digital Media, branching out from factual writing and media production to screenwriting for TV.
A self-starter who also enjoys working collaboratively and responds well to feedback, with a track record of working well under pressure to achieve goals within tight deadlines.
With a special interest in representation and telling captivating stories that facilitate debate about social issues inspired by lived experiences and bringing them to life for the TV screen.
News and Feature Writing
Social Media Management
Blended & Online Learning
Course & Curriculum Design.
2020 - present
Specialising in original drama for Radio and TV.
Presenter/Producer of The Write Room Podcast.
2020 - present
Weekly Podcast covering all things writing for creative and factual writers.
Editor of The Write Room Newsletter.
2020 - present
Newsletter sharing tips and opportunities in writing for budding and aspiring writers.
Senior Academic & Digital Development Adviser. University of Glasgow
2017 - present
Producing factual digital pedagogical resources, training, and teaching and assessing innovative pedagogy, specialising in course design.
Media & Communications Co-ordinator. SCOTTISH HIGHER EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT NETWORK (SHED)
2018 - 2020
Producing digital media artefacts, stories, and social media management for the SHED events and network.
Magazine Editor/Social Media Manager. LEADS.
2017 - 2019
Consulting on the launch and production of the LEADS magazine and Podcast and producing content for the Twitter and Instagram feeds, as well as covering the annual LEADS Learning & Teaching Conference.
Lecturer in Digital Media. Forth Valley College, Stirling.
2015 - 2016
Lecturing in digital media production and Journalism writing skills; responsible for redesigning online course material for English and Communication course.
Lecturer in Journalism. Bell College/UWS, Hamilton.
2001 - 2015
Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Journalism degree, teaching writing and producing news and features for TV, Radio and Print, including editing newsdays.
Food Critic. The List Magazine, Glasgow.
2002 - 2004
Food reviewer for The List magazine and annual eating out guides.
Senior Reporter. Birmingham Post & Mail, Trinity Mirror.
2000 - 2001
District news reporter covering courts, crime and local government.
Reporter. News of the World, news UK.
2000 - 2000
Reporter involved in news, features and investigative journalism.
Senior Reporter. Express & Star, Midland News Association.
1995 - 2000
District and Town Reporter covering news, features and supplement editor.
Junior Reporter. Sutton Coldfield Observer, Central Independent Newspapers.
1994 - 1995
Crime correspondent, arts correspondent and news reporter. Features writer for The Journal Magazine.
Making it Possible. RAISING FILMS/SCREENSKILLS • 2020
Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning using Digital Storytelling. UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON • 2018
Introduction to Screenwriting.
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA • 2017
Work Experience Placement. BBC SCOTLAND • 2014
NVQ Level Four in Newspaper Journalism. Senior Journalist Proficiency (Writing) MIDLAND NEWS ASSOCIATION • 1996
NCTJ Preliminary Qualifications. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE • 1994.
Researcher Internship. BBC RADIO WM • 1993.
Glasgow Caledonian University. M.A. in Television Fiction Writing (MATV)
2019 - 2020
Focused on: Researching TV Writing and the TV Market in the UK; Writing Adaptations; Writing Original Drama; Writing Continuing Drama; Writing for Radio.
University of the West of Scotland. PhD in Journalism
2009 - 2014
Thesis: ‘Women in Journalism: An analysis of expectations and experiences of equality within the profession in the United Kingdom from 1970 to the Present’.
Empirical research project involving a large-scale survey and interviews undertaken part-time and passed within a full-time timescale. Focused on the lived experiences of more than 170 female journalists working in a range of media across the UK. Supported by funding awarded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
University of Sunderland. M.A. in Journalism
Thesis: 'An analysis of the initial impact of the Freedom of Information Act on the newsgathering activities applied by print journalists in the UK’.
UCLAN. Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
1993 - 1994
NCTJ-accredited diploma in news writing and news production, including: Media Law, Public Affairs, 100wpm Teeline Shorthand.
University of Liverpool. BA (Hons) Politics
1990 - 1993
Degree in political theory, philosophy and institutions.