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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Nigel Morris

Nigel has taught critical studies on various degrees in the Lincoln School of Film & Media since 2000 and was College Director of Education and Students for the College of Arts, 2013-15. Previously he gained 20 years’ experience as a lecturer and teacher educator in further and higher education in England, Wales and Nigeria, teaching Film, Media Studies and Media Education, Drama, Literature, and Screenwriting, at all levels from GCSE to Masters. Nigel welcomes enquiries regarding research supervision in any of his academic interests. He is Director of Studies for a PhD on animation and identity, previously was Director of Studies for a PhD on American vigilante movies of the 1970s (awarded 2016) and second supervisor for an MRes on male television celebrities as branding figures for UK television channels; and he has examined PhDs on experimental American documentaries, documentary approaches in China, and celebrity journalism. He was second supervisor for a PhD on UK media policy, awarded 2012. Nigel’s major publication, ‘The Cinema of Steven Spielberg’ (2007), was described by Thomas Schatz, Executive Director, University of Texas Film Institute, as ‘an impressive, important book: the definitive study of the defining filmmaker of our time.’ Following this success, which has led to other publications, Nigel co-convened the International Conference ‘Spielberg at Sixty’ (Lincoln, 2007) and was keynote speaker at the ‘Jaws’ 40th Anniversary Symposium in 2015. He was interviewed in ‘Rex Appeal’ (Mentorn Productions for BBC4), a documentary on dinosaurs in the movies, broadcast August 2011. In line with his career to date, Nigel remains committed to interdisciplinary topics and the importance of media education generally, and is developing a major project on representations of science.

Department Responsibilities

Teaching and research supervision in Audio Visual Critical Studies units on BA (Hons) Media Production, BA (Hons) Film and Television, Masters and PhD programmes. Research and publication. Administration, assessment and curriculum development. Devised and led development of BA (Hons) Film & Television degree programme. Senior Tutor. Staff appraisal. Research mentoring. Acting Deputy Head of School, Jan-Jun 2016; Interim Deputy Head of School, Jan-Sep 2017. KDU, Penang Link Tutor, Jan 2017-.

Subject Specialism

Film, television, media, cultural and educational studies


  • PhD — University of Lincoln, 2016
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy — Former Institute of Learning & Teaching in HE, 2001
  • MA(Ed) Film and Television Studies for Education — University of London Institute of Education, 1991
  • PGCE (Distinctions: Written Exam & Practical Teaching) — University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1980
  • MA American Literature — University of Keele, 1979
  • BA English Studies with First Class Honours — University of Stirling, 1978


  • 2012: Lincoln School of Media research leave, Terms 2 & 3
  • 2004: Teacher Fellowship 2005-07: University of Lincoln
  • 2004: Winner, Times Higher Education Supplement plagiarism identification competition
  • 1976-77: Honors Program by invitation, high-achieving students: Uni of California, Santa Barbara
  • 1976: American Exchange Scholarship: Uni of Stirling (ac yr 1976-77 at UC Santa Barbara) 
  • 1976: Part 1 Major Prize in Literature: University of Stirling


External Advisor, University of Brighton, Film & Screen Studies curriculum development review: Feb 2018. Editorial Board member, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts. Honorary Advisory Board member, annual London Film and Media Conferences. Book proposal reviewer for academic presses and peer reviewer for academic journals. External Examiner, University of Portsmouth, 2014- . Jury member, 13th International Film & TV Schools’ Festival, ‘Mediaschool 2006’, Polish National Film School, Lodz, Poland, 17-21 Oct. External member of validation panel for BA (Combined Honours) Film Studies, University of Chester: Apr 2006. External consultant for validation of changes to HND Media, University College, Worcester: May 2003. External member of validation panel for BA Media and Cultural Studies, University College, Worcester: Jan 2003. Registered as Screenwriting tutor on Certificate in Creative Writing course at Vaughan College, University of Leicester, 2002- . Consultant on University of Wales Academic Support Fund Project: “Contemporary Regional Film Industries: A Collaborative Research and Development Initiative of the University of Wales”: 1998-2001. Member of steering/advisory committee for Prime Time Projects video unit, 1986-88: production-led training for unemployed and underemployed people in Swindon (initiative funded by European Social Fund and Thamesdown Borough Council).

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Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association
  • British Association for American Studies, 1980-2005
  • UCU (formerly NATFHE) Branch Chair, 1990s