Sharon is a Senior Lecturer and Level 4 Tutor on the BA (Hons) Visual Communication. She is also a documentary film maker working extensively with the community, third and voluntary sectors. Before education, she worked in television and as an independent filmmaker. Sharon has an MA in Feminism and Visual Arts, specialising in representations of women in film, and prior to this she travelled widely around South America documenting her travels photographically.
Key themes for Sharon’s work are feminist issues, representation, social justice and equality. Sharon has worked on films for organisations such as Barnardo’s, Age Concern, Women’s Aid and PCTs. She is particularly skilled at facilitating participatory projects with marginalised and disadvantaged groups.
Sharon’s current role involves the management and leadership of Level 4 where she is responsible for the development and planning of curriculum and learning with an emphasis on leading a positive working environment for staff and students. With a PGCE in post-compulsory education, Sharon is keen that learning is distinctive and of the highest quality for undergraduates. Formal scheduled teaching duties include delivering lectures, seminars, tutorials and demonstrations including assessment throughout the academic years. Sharon is also a dissertation supervisor to Level 6 students.
Sharon’s research interests are around the notion of participatory documentary filmmaking, exploring its potential for advocacy, as well as and feminist strategies to documentary filmmaking.