Phil Potter

Deputy Head of Department, Senior Lecturer

Phil worked in a wide variety of roles prior to returning to education as a mature student in his very late twenties. Having completed the Access to Higher Education programme he went on the complete a degree in Media and Business Management and then a masters in Media and Cultural Studies - gaining a 1st class honours degree in the former. He is a graduate and post-graduate of the University of Manchester. After a short time back in the building industry, Phil went on to take up a post with what eventually became the University of Chester in 1994, teaching full-time on Media programmes.


In his time with the Department Phil has progressed from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer and has been Deputy Head of Department for the best part of 10 years. Roles that Phil has covered within his duties include being Personal Academic Tutor, Programme Academic Advisor, Field Leader, Programme Leader, Module Leader, Assessment Coordinator, Disability Link Tutor, Faculty Mitigating Circumstances Representative and Chair of Academic Malpractice panels. As Deputy Head he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department and deals with the majority of student-related academic issues.

Phil has a particular interest in the political economy of the media industry but has taught across a wide variety of modules both academic and production-based. These include British News Organisations, Multimedia Journalism, Power, Persuasion and the Media, Persuasive Strategies, Accessibility and Web Production, Web Usability, Work Based Learning. Additionally he has supervised many dissertations including ones in advertising, Commercial Music Production, Television, Radio, Journalism, Sport Journalism, Film Studies, Digital Photography and, of course, Media Studies.

Phil is also active in the wider Warrington community with a non-exective director role with Culture Warrington, which delivers a cultural programme for the town - ranging across a museum, galleries, performance venues and exhibition spaces. He has recently been lead trustee on a project to develop a bistro and bar facility to complement the Trust's provision.

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