Executive Dean of Arts and Media

Brendan O'Sullivan

Dean of Faculty of Arts and Media

Brendan joined the University of Chester in 1998 as a lecturer in TV Production having worked for a number of major television broadcasters and production companies.

Prior to a career in broadcasting he undertook undergraduate studies in music resulting in time spent working as a freelance musician and peripatetic teacher of upper strings. Postgraduate study in music followed at the University of Liverpool which led to research interests in the ecology of performance and the performance of identity with a particular concentration of the Irish Diaspora of the North West of England.  He is a member of the Faculty of Arts and Media Centre for Research in Arts and Media (CCRAM) and also continues to play violin - though it is not entirely clear who benefits from this.


Brendan’s experience in Television was gained working across a range of formats and genres, from peak time entertainment to regional current affairs programmes, and for a number of major television broadcasters and producers including the BBC, ITV Granada and Channel 4. His teaching interests lie in the broad area of Television Production and more specifically in Broadcast Documentary. He has oversight of the relationship between the BBC and the University and encourages further departmental and faculty links with the creative industries through engagement with such bodies as the NCTJ, Creative Skillset, and regional and national producers and broadcasters. He continues to be a member of the Media, Culture & Communications Subject Association (MeCCSA).


With an interest in the mutual benefits of strong and sustained relationships between the university sector and industry partners, Brendan has encouraged the development of Knowledge Exchange opportunities within the faculty and has acted as peer reviewer for European Social Research Council (ESRC) funding schemes. He sits on the executive committee of the Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASsH UK).