Jo Warburton

Senior Lecturer in Communication

Jo is a first class honours graduate of the University of Manchester with an MA in Reading and Writing of Poetry from the University of Liverpool. She has 30 years teaching experience in a number of settings and has taught across all levels of post 16 education including teacher training. She joined the department in 1996 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She is passionate about communication in all its guises with specific interests in developing her skills as an NLP Practitioner.


Jo contributes to three different disciplines within the department (Media, TV Production and Film Studies). She leads modules in all these areas including the supervision of dissertation. She also led the Film Studies team as programme leader for two years through its revalidation. All her input has a communication focus – a key skill on every undergraduate course.

Part of Jo’s work covers representing the Faculty of Arts and Media on a number of University-wide committees and initiatives and encouraging the dissemination of best practice both within and beyond the department. She has also acted as the Faculty Adviser for Learning, Teaching and Assessment.

She is an active performance poet and playwright whose work appears regularly at regional and national events. She has developed a role in community theatre, arts and educational projects and worked as co-coordinator of a co-operative community press.  Her most recent activity in the arts included helping to develop the Arts Council for England funded performance Wizard  by Dominic Berry at the Contact Theatre Manchester where she played a kettle, a toaster and a social worker!  One of her former creative writing groups is still active after 20 years together.


Jo teaches on both practical and theoretical modules.


Modules she leads:

  • ME4712 Introduction to Film Studies: Looking at Movies
  • ME4719 Creative Media Industries: Ownership & Control
  • ME4726 Factual Production (TV)
  • ME5120 Understanding Media Organisations
  • ME5714 Creative Media Industries: Policy and Practice


Other modules she teaches on include:

  • ME4720 Creative Media Industries: Persuasive Strategies
  • ME5121 Approaches to Academic Research
  • ME5715 Documentary: Modes and Meaning
  • ME6121 Dissertation


Jo’s research interests include pedagogic practice, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and how language, performance and poetry are used to express sexual identity.

Published work

Jo has contributed to a number of University-based seminar series and conferences including workshops on interdisciplinary activities.  

She has contributed to several poetry collections and self-published her own performance poetry anthology Big. She is currently working on her second collection.

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