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Tim Riley, PhD Candidate, University of Westminster

  • PhD Candidate, University of Westminster
  • Sessional Lecturer
  • Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
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I am currently conducting research into how and why different age groups of web users create, share and publish visual and audio content online at University of Westminster. PhD thesis title: Social media: Digital content creation & sharing – A study of three age groups. Research is funded with a doctoral award from the AHRC. My current PhD study developed out of the knowledge and experience I gained during my MA in Digital Media at London Metropolitan University. During the MA I explored the use of online creative repositories and new mediums of distribution, accessibility and interactivity on the web. This culminated in a major project researching the use of user-generated content created by independent filmmakers as an expression of creativity and visual communication. The final part of the project was concerned with a written evaluation and consultation report into the value and access to social media applications and collaborative networks in a web 2.0 environment. Previous to my MA I had developed an enthusiasm for the use of Virtual Learning Environments as an aid to learning during my PGCE teaching practice. I used this system not only to impart information but to encourage students to upload, collaborate and create within this space as a closed creative and social networking devise. This helped develop my understanding of how technology can benefit and promote creativity and communication and its effects on student engagement. It also made me curious as to the why these same students used 2.0 technologies and contributed to the formulation of the research proposal I am presently conducting. Before returning to education I worked as a moving image and graphic designer in broadcast television and the creative industries for 24 years. My design background involved visual solutions, often conceived in response to audience research data, and would frequently use semiotics and symbolic representation as their conceptual source. Along with my PhD studies I also teach design and content creation at Ravensbourne College and on media courses at the University of Westminster.

Professional experience

Sessional Lecturer

Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication

September 2005 - Present

Visiting Lecturer

University of Westminster

January 2009 - July 2011(3 years)

Graphics Manager

Pearson Television/Ascent Media Network Services

June 1998 - April 2005(7 years)


PhD (ongoing- not yet completed)

University of Westminster

September 2009 - March 2012(3 years)

Masters - Digital Media

London Metropolitan University

September 2007 - September 2008(a year)


University of East London

September 2006 - June 2007(9 months)

BA (Hons), Graphic Design

Coventry University

September 1979 - June 1982(3 years)

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