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Meet some of the academic team behind developing the new BSc creative science degrees.

Saint Walker

Saint Walker

Saint created the VFX degree course for NUA, in partnership with key players in the UK’s Visual Effects industry. Saint was Head of Development at Creative Skillset, working on national projects like the annual Animation and VFX Showcase, and the Creative Skillset Tick, as well as new ways to bring industry and Higher Education together. Saint co-authored the popular Core Skills of VFX Handbook, the UK’s premier guide to VFX skills.

Richard Sawdon Smith, Dean of Arts and Media

Professor Richard Sawdon Smith

Professor Richard Sawdon Smith is an internationally exhibiting and award-winning photographer and Dean of Arts and Media. He is a former winner of the John Kobal/National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Award, a Board Member of The bookRoom Press & Archive, on the Editorial Panel of the Journal of Photography & Culture, a member of the Visual AIDS Archive, and Co-editor of Langford’s Basic Photography and The Book is A Live!. His photographs and writing are widely published. Read Richard’s staff profile.

NUA lecturer Jamie Gledhill poses in media studio for portrait picture

Jamie Gledhill

Responsible for delivery of BSc (Hons) Games Development, Interaction Design and User Experience Design, Jamie’s teaching is informed by 20 years’ experience of working within the digital creative economy, during which time he has fulfilled a variety of roles from freelance creative coder to Head of Interactive Design at a large web agency, operating in sectors from digital marketing to video publishing. Ever interested in the theory behind the practice of technical and creative skills, teaching is a natural progression forward for Jamie. Read Jamie’s staff profile here.

Portrait photo of Tom Haczewski at Ideas FactoryNUA

Tom Haczewski

Tom is the Founder of The User Story and UX Consultant. Visit Tom’s website.


Mark Wickham

Using experience in both traditional and digital 3D production, Mark exploits an array of creative and technical problem-solving techniques to resolve contemporary asset creation, across a variety of platforms. He actively promotes theoretical concepts in Art, Science and Mathematics to advance practice-based development. Mark continually explores the evolution of industry tools and techniques ensuring course material encompasses bleeding-edge practices. His present research looks at developing an alternate approach to the design and creation of anatomically-based characters for the production environment. Read Mark’s staff profile.

Martin Schooley

Martin Schooley

Martin has been involved in graphic design education for over 18 years. He is a passionate designer and design educator, believing that what matters above all else is a great idea executed appropriately and brilliantly. Martin has run his own graphic design practice for nearly 20 years focusing on branding, identity and print, with clients ranging from large, well known corporate organisations to small, independent businesses. Read Martin’s staff profile.

Staff Profiles


To find out more about all the academic staff at NUA visit our academic profile pages.