Tom Jackson Academic CV

Current Appointments

Lecturer in Digital Media
Director of International Activities

School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds

Biography

Following a highly successful commercial career working for digital agencies across Yorkshire, Tom made the move into higher education in 2004. His first position was a lectureship at Leeds Metropolitan University where he gained a wide variety of teaching experience related to graphic design, interactive programming, motion graphics and many other digital media production skills. Demonstrating a natural aptitude for engaging students, developing innovative curriculum and leading teams, he rapidly became a senior lecturer and programme leader.

Tom joined the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds in 2012 to contribute to an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research in communication, media and culture. Initially employed as a Research Associate, he secured a full-time lectureship following the completion of his practice-led PhD. He continues to teach digital media production skills whilst concurrently developing a strong profile as a practice-led researcher.

Academic Career

2018 – Present

University of Leeds

Lecturer in Digital Media

Leeds, UK

Following the successful completion of a practice‑led PhD, was offered a full-time and permanent lectureship within the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds.

2012 – 2018

University of Leeds

Research Associate in New Media

Leeds, UK

In 2012, joined the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds to contribute to an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research in communication, media and culture. As a Research Associate in New Media, delivered curriculum across all levels of the highly regarded BA Digital Media and MA New Media programmes, whilst concurrently developing a strong profile as a practice‑led researcher.

2009 – 2012

Hong Kong Design Institute

Visiting Lecturer

Hong Kong

From 2009 to 2012, was concurrently employed as a visiting lecturer at the Hong Kong Design Institute delivering curriculum related to digital art and motion graphics.

2004 – 2012

Leeds Metropolitan University

Senior Lecturer

Leeds, UK

Initially employed as a Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University delivering modules in design and interactive media. After a period of only 3 months, was promoted to Senior Lecturer and became the programme leader for BSc Creative Media Technology and BSc Music and New Media Technology.

Research Interests

Sensory ethnography
Cross-modal perception
Anthropology
Cultural geography
'Immersive' technologies
New/digital media
Field recording
The virtual archive

Education

2018

PhD

University of Leeds

Multisensory ethnography: sensory experience, the sentient body and cultural phenomena. (Practice‑led) The thesis, practice and associated academic outputs can all be accessed online at www.multisensoryethnography.com

1999

BSc

University of Bradford

BSc (Hons) Electronic Imaging and Media Communication. Upper second class honours (2:1). Specialised in 3D graphics and interactive authoring.

Recent Funding


Virtual Holocaust Memoryscapes

Funding Body:
AHRC/EPSRC

Role:
Co-Investigator

Date:
November 2017

Award:
£75,000

Seismic Cities

Funding Body:
Natural Environment Research Council

Role:
Researcher

Date:
December 2016

Award:
£130,000

Digital Culture and its Discontents: beyond connectivity, after access, use

Funding Body:
Newton Mobility Grant Scheme

Role:
Team Member

Date:
June 2016

Award:
£10,000

The Multisensory Archive as an Ethnographic Research Method

Funding Body:
Communities and Culture Network+

Role:
Principal Investigator

Date:
March 2015

Award:
£3,950