Tom Poultney - Head of HE Creative Arts

Tom Poultney is the Head of Department for Higher Education Creative Arts. Tom has worked across the Art Enterprise and Photography degrees at Leeds City College.

Tom is a practicing artist and is interested in many forms of creative practice; current research is focussed on internet culture, and particularly the creation of online communities through the development of new forms of communication.

Research Interests:

  • Memes
  • Internet culture
  • Folk art
  • Surveillance
  • Phenomenology

Ryan Woods - Programme Manager

Ryan Woods is the Programme Manager for Film and Screen Media. Ryan is experienced in documentary production and seen his work in international film festivals.

Through his varied career he has worked with businesses producing promotional and corporate video, worked on live music events for BBC introducing West Yorkshire and worked for Apple.

With a research interest in psychology and mythology he highlights personal and collective psychological processes to watching film.

Emily Brogden - Lecturer

Emily Brogden is a Lecturer on Film & Screen Media and has taught on the course for 2 years. 

My role involves delivering sessions, supporting students, moderating assessment and marking work.

I specialise in Film Studies (Cultural Analysis), Motion Design and Graphic Design.


BA in Film and Media Studies at Leeds Trinity University.

I am currently undertaking a PhD with the title of (The Internationalism of Anime and its Impact on Global Streaming Industries).


This is my first official year of teaching (completed PGCE last year).

Industry Experience - I have worked on video projects for corporate companies and have collaborated on a project with Screen Yorkshire in 2019 that was shown at Tate Modern.


My background is mainly in secondary research, graphic and motion design.

Since watching anime and reading manga as a child, I have wanted to visit Japan and learn more about their culture. Hopefully, by the end of the PhD I will have seen Japan in person.

Future ambitions include completing my PhD in the next few years and beginning to work on research projects, publishing journal articles and possibly a book in the future.


  • IRIS Day - [Presenting Research], Upcoming - June 2021
  • ‘Quantaform’ - Tate Modern, October 2019