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Dr. Mark Dunford

Associate Dean 

Associate Dean of School of Arts and Digital Industries

    Mark Dunford is an Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Digital Industries.  His academic research flows from his PhD and it explores questions around voice and representation in participatory media.   Publications include Digital Storytelling Form and Content (2017, Palgrave Macmillan) as well as articles for academic journals, commissioned reports and journalism.  He has presented at many conferences in the UK, Europe and beyond, and in 2015 he was a keynote speaker at the annual Storytelling Symposium, hosted by University of South Wales.  From 2009 to 2015, he led two connected research projects – Extending Creative Practice and Silver Stories - exploring the use of Digital Storytelling with older people across Europe. 


    He was the Academic Director of the fourth International Visual Methods Conference held at the University of Brighton in September 2015 and in 2017 he led the delivery of Un/Told – An Unconference about Digital Storytelling; the biennial gathering of international Digital Storytellers hosted by UEL in July 2017.


    His pedagogical work focuses on the internationalisation of the curriculum.  He led an HEA funded Strategic Initiative which developed a bespoke on line toolkit for academics wishing to extend curriculum content and is the UK lead for WISH, a Newton Researcher fund programme  supported by the British Council linking the UEL with Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa.


    Mark worked extensively across the creative industries before he joined academia in 2009.  His career includes time at the BBC, the British Film Institute and Arts Council England where he held responsibility for major capital projects like BFI IMAX, cinema developments in Sheffield, Nottingham and Southampton, as well as the production of feature films such as Billy Elliot and Love is the Devil. In 2001, he helped establish the media production charity Hi8us Projects as a national network where he worked as Executive Director from 2001 to 2009 and, from this base, he set up and led the multi-partner Inclusion Through Media Development Partnership. This consisted of 25 action research projects delivered by 37 partners to a value of over £6.5m across the UK and Europe.  Outputs included film productions, a broadband based TV station, support programmes for the creative industries and different publications.  He has worked as a specialist consultant across the creative industries and his clients have included the British Film Institute, Creative Skillset, NESTA and Arts Council England.


    Mark is a founding Director of the research company DigiTales, a Trustee of London Bubble Theatre and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.


    Fellow of Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts (elected 2008)

    Fellow of Higher Education Academy (since 2011)

    Member of Media Education, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (since 2009)

     Member of International Advisory Panel for Sixth International Digital Storytelling Conference, USA, 2015

     Member of Steering Group for Fifth Internal Conference on Visual Methods, Singapore (2017)

    Trustee London Bubble Theatre Company (since 2006)



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