Professor Jane Roscoe

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  • Position:Pro Vice Chancellor & Executive Dean (ACE)
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 86299

About me

 

As the Pro Vice Chancellor & Executive Dean for the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE), I am proud to be a key member of the vibrant community that consists of over 6000 full and part-time students and 445 members of staff and industry professionals.

I am passionate about the power of education to transform lives. Here in ACE we are dedicated to creating a dynamic learning environment in which staff and students can flourish.

I started my career in Higher Education in New Zealand after I completed my PhD. I moved from Psychology into Film and Television Studies and spent over 5 years at Waikato University. My early research focused on national and Cultural identities resulting in the book Immigrant Nation: Documentary in New Zealand (Dunmore Press, 1999). In 2000 I moved to Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and started my research into television's industrial practices. I worked with Endemol and Channel Ten on a study of Australia's Big Brother with a focus on the changing industrial practices in factual entertainment. In 2001 Big Brother was one of the first shows to use a website, and my research challenged the idea that websites and social media would take viewers away from the television show. The three year project highlighted the role of the website in creating communities of viewers, new content creation practices and new revenue streams.

My engagement with industry continued when I went to set up the Centre for Screen Studies and Research at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Here, my engagement with filmmakers and the indigenous creative community challenged the way I theorised and taught screen studies.

From there I moved out of academia to take up an executive position at Australian public service broadcaster, SBS. I spent 10 years with SBS in Sydney and latterly London. I was Channel Head for SBS1 and 2 responsible for commissioning, acquisitions and programming of content. I led the content teams through the move from analogue to digital and also worked as part of the senior management team that brought the national indigenous channel into SBS, and developed a number of channels behind the pay wall at FOXTEL. Once again, I found my understanding of theory and practice challenged by the day to day realities of network television.

Having returned to the UK, I wanted to take those learnings back into higher education. I took up the role of Director and CEO of the London Film School in August 2014 and was tasked with leading a major transformation of the organisation, identifying a new home for the school, raising the funds to move, and developing that vision with Developers and Architects. In addition, it was time to refresh the curriculum and to prepare the school for the wider changes already happening in the HE sector.

My academic background, my international experience and my industry roles have prepared me to lead the ACE Faculty here at UWE. It is a challenging but exciting time both in HE, but also the creative Industries.

My research interests are focused on the transformation of the screen industries, documentary and non-fiction, and screen audiences. 


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