Profile  

I'm a researcher and lecturer in media and communications in the early stages of my career. I was awarded both my BA (Hons) and MA degrees at the University of Lincoln in the UK (2011-2015), joining the same institution shortly after as a research assistant and associate lecturer. I taught media theory and practice across four undergraduate degree programmes whilst evaluating the impact of a flagship Arts Council England funded project called 1215.today, and working on a related piece of co-authored research on affective and non-representational principles for media education in response to the implications and growth of pervasive digital technologies (2015-2018). During this time, I also helped build the foundation and reputation of the School's student work experience initiative, New Media Lincs, working with regional clients on live media projects to develop the communication and technical skills of students entering the media industry.


Experience

Associate Lecturer, University of Lincoln (2015-2018)

Modules taught at the School of Film and Media, College of Arts: 

BA Media Studies:

  • Media Theorizes Itself (L1) 
  • Mediation and Representation (L1) 

BA Photography:

  • Becoming an Effective Researcher (L2) 
  • Critical Practices (L2) 
  • Dissertation Projects (L3) 

BA Film and Television Studies:  

  • Production Planning (L1) 
  • Script, Screen-writing and Realisation (L1) 

BA Media Production:  

  • Mediation and Representation (L1) 
  • Digital Media (L1) 
  • Photography (L1) 
  • Script, Screen-writing and Realisation (L1) 
  • Media and War (L2) 

International Media Studies Foundation Degree:  

  • Script, Screen-writing and Realisation 
  • Production Planning 

Research Assistant, University of Lincoln (2016-2018)

I gathered and assessed impact evidence for the UK Research Excellence Framework (2021) case study of the international digital arts project 1215.today (2015-2017) – a UOL initiative coinciding with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and funded by an Arts Council England Exceptional Award (£400,000), along with local government, corporate and non-profit organisations. My role involved conducting surveys and focus groups to evaluate the project activities, including assessing the online data analytics of the project platforms and liaising with official partners as a University representative. I produced an interim report evaluating the overall success of the youth engagement approach which led to significant organisational changes by the project board. 

Communications Assistant, Progressio (June-Sep, 2013) 

I undertook a voluntary role on the UK International Citizen Service (ICS) programme situated in Honduras, Central America, working with the indigenous Lenca communities outside the local town of La Esperanza (Intibucá). I wrote situation reports for the United Nations, helped develop marketing and communication strategies and produced high quality video and photographic content. I also made a speech at the Houses of Parliament to international delegates and MPs upon return to the UK on the work of my team, including winning the Civic Participation photography award.


Education

MA Studies in Media and Culture, University of Lincoln (2014-2015)

BA (Hons) Media Production, University of Lincoln (2011-2014)

  •  Best Engagement with Research Award - Sponsored by Professor Emerita Ann Gray

BTEC National Diploma in Media Production, Peterborough Regional College (2009-2011)


Memberships 

  • UK Higher Education Academy - Associate Fellowship (2018) 
  • Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association (UK) - Member 
  • NECS-European Network for Cinema and Media Studies - Member 

Publications


Thane, M. and West, A. (2019) ‘Doing’Media Studies: The Media Lab as Entangled Media PraxisConvergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.


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