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Dr Jenny Owen

Dr Jenny Owen

Arts and Creative Industries

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I am Associate Dean, Education and Student Experience for the School of Arts and Creative Industries. I gained my PhD at the University of Westminster (Crisis or Renewal? The origins, evolution and development of public service broadcasting in Britain, 1922-1996) and I have played a central part in the development of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum in the School of Arts & Creative Industries as well as its research and enterprise activities. I've been a course director, a head of department, a Director of Education and Student Experience, and more recently Interim Dean of the School.

My subject specialism is in the field of Media and Cultural Studies/broadcasting history and policy. I am currently supervising a colleague whose PhD thesis focuses on women/gender and diversity in the television industry.

I am very focused on the student experience and my most recent research focused on the pedagogical challenges and virtues of Education Abroad programmes with their focus on developing positive values of diversity and cosmopolitanism in higher education.

I am also academic lead and staff director of the School's student facing creative agency (the South Bank Collective) whereby we offer high quality photographic, film production and acting/performance services to external and internal clients - an innovative 'earn as you learn' programme that enhances student entrepreneurship and employability.

In terms of enterprise I have been a lead Supervisor (2008-10) with a Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) in association with Key20/Tracc Films. This project was graded outstanding on completion. The project developed out of Tracc Films' need to develop a new business strategy for their film business, The KTP allowed them to create their own post-production facility and reduce costs through less reliance on third party suppliers/outsourcing of post-production.

As Associate Dean I support a programme of student enhancement that includes study abroad opportunities in the USA, Canada and Australia, as well as study tours/visits to film festivals and charettes. Undergraduate curricula include multiple opportunities for students to develop their CVs by engaging with a variety of creative industries, including the annual Festival of Creativity which encompasses end of year shows for film students at the British Film Institute and a season of live productions by performing arts students. As a result many students are award winners (Royal Television Society and the International Youth Arts Festival) to name just a few.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Ms Lucy BrownDoctoral Research ProjectPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Mrs Victoria Caroline YoungArt Museum attendance and the public realm: The agency of visitor information in Tate's organisational practices of making the art museum's audiencesPhD

University of Westminster

Senior Fellowship

Higher Education Academy

University of Westminster
External examiner

External Examiner for BA Journalism

Media Law and Ethics

Diversity and the media

Politics, journalism and the media

Multimedia storytelling

Media Projects

June 2018
September 2022