Ashley is an Associate Professor in Children’s Media, having previously been Head of Department, and before that Head of Education and Professional Practice for the Department of Media Production and Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Television Production. He holds an MA in producing film and television, a PGCE in educational practice and a PhD in children’s media industries and audiences, with a primary research focus on children’s media experiences and culture. His learning and teaching activity spans undergraduate and postgraduate TV and Photography - spanning production and theory.

He is Deputy Head of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP), Editor of the Media Education Research Journal (MERJ) and Co-Editor of the Children’s Media Yearbook. He is a member of the Children’s Media Foundation (CMF) Executive Group and Co-convenor of the CMF’s Academic Advisory Board. Ashley is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy. Ashley was a member of Andrew Bissell’s and Ross Adamson’s successful doctoral supervisory team and is currently supervising Yunfei Li, Alan Fox, Dee Hughes, Annie East, Christian Cohen and Aneta Postek’s doctoral research - and is keen to work with any future PhD researchers who may have an interest in children’s media/lived experience.

Ashley worked in the television industry for many years before joining the teaching and research community at Bournemouth University. His practice experience includes producing and directing factual, news, continuity, promos, commercials, entertainment and comedy; often with an interactive slant, and mostly within Children's TV and comedy. As a Producer and Director, he has worked with the likes of Sasha Baron Cohen, Dave Berry and Simon Amstell. Whilst at Nickelodeon he devised, produced and directed innovative interactive music and game shows. For BBC Children's (where he was part of the Emmy award winning Interactive team) he created multi-platform content that spanned online, interactive and broadcast. Ashley’s career began within MTV and LWT’s camera departments, and he still very much enjoys picking up a camera (video or stills) when the opportunity arrives.



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