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Colin Murrell

Colin Murrell

Senior Lecturer

School of Film, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME224

+44 (0) 1772 89 5343

ctmurrell@uclan.ac.uk

Colin has been creating arts-health, interdisciplinary arts, music, creative writing, painting, photography, digital video, and performance internationally via independent labels and publishers since 1981. Colin is Joint Chair of BAHSS RDSC; DVC of BAHSS EC; RDT for ADP; DoS and RDS (for MA, MPhil, and PhD); Course Deviser and Leader (for MA Arts-Health); Subject Tutor (for DA Creative Arts; MA Arts-Health, MA Music Industry Management and Promotion, MA and BA Music Practice).

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Colin has been creating arts (arts-health, interdisciplinary arts, music, creative writing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, film, digital video, theatre, and performance, et al) disseminated internationally via independent labels and publishers since 1981. Colin was awarded Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degrees Supervision at University of Central Lancashire in 2006 (Pass only award); Distinction for MA in Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004; First for Creative Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1995; and Postgraduate Diploma in Live Arts at Manchester Metropolitan in 1993 (Pass only award).

Colin was elected as supervisor of HANFA Registered Charity 1014855 for the positive interaction of disabled and non-disabled people and worked within in-patient and out-patient art, drama, movement, and music therapy until 1997.

Currently, Colin works at the University of Central Lancashire from where he fulfils the roles of: Joint Chair of the Business, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Degrees Sub-Committee; Deputy Vice Chair of the Business, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Ethics Committee; Research Degrees Tutor for the School of Film, Media and Performance; Director of Studies and Research Degrees Supervisor (for MA by Research, MPhil, and PhD); Course Deviser and Leader (for MA Arts-Health); Subject Tutor (for DA Creative Arts, MA Arts-Health, MA Music Industry Management and Promotion, MA Music Practice, and BA Music Practice); Researcher (of Arts-Health, Interdisciplinary Arts, and Music); Practitioner (of Arts-Health, Interdisciplinary Arts, and Music); External Awards and Postgraduate Subject-Specialist Examiner across the Arts; Emergency Evacuation Officer; First Aid Officer; Fire Marshall; et al.

Publications

Publications include (but are not limited to):

MURRELL, Colin Live in Session Radio Broadcast (15th December 2012) in Unit (15th December 2012): ‘Unit in Session at Resonance FM’, Resonance FM, London UK and International.

MURRELL, Colin Radio Broadcasts (2012) in Unit (very many throughout 2012): various Radio Stations including the Indy Media Show, Resonance FM, London UK and International; and at: www.resonance.fm and at: www.starshipoverflow.com, particularly broadcasts in Japan, China, and London.

MURRELL, Colin CD (2012) in Unit (2012): ‘The Workshop’, DNA Records, International, DNA-022.

MURRELL, Colin Radio Broadcast (20th March 2012) in Unit (20th March 2012): ‘What The Cat Brought In’ (written by Danielle Dax and Karl Blake, arranged and performed by Andy Martin and Colin Murrell), various Radio Stations including Star Ship Overflow: 21, Sebastian Close, Colchester, Essex. C04 3SH. UK, and at: www.starshipoverflow.com. 

MURRELL, Colin CD (2012) in Unit (2012): ‘A Blueprint for Excess’, DNA Records, International, DNA-021.

Research

Numerous projects operate concurrently, the key focuses of my researches per se are: the role of the arts in the conceptualisation of self and others (for physical and mental health); user-value research (in physical and mental health contexts); and pedagogical research.

Short-term Project(s):

Performance research.
A user-focussed, qualitative, person-first evaluation of an NHS managed, user-led, arts-based employability project for users of mental health services. As well as dissemination by means of conferencing and journal articles, the research outputs include workshops, a DVD, and a CD.

Medium-term Project(s):

A triangulated pedagogical, practitioner, and user evaluation of arts-health praxis. As well as dissemination by means of conferencing and journal articles, the research outputs include: studio, live, community/ participatory, integrated/ specialist/ educational arts events as performance(s), presentation(s), exhibition(s), workshops, DVD(s), CD(s), and bound publication(s).

Long-term Project(s):

A multi-professional, mixed-mode evaluation of correlations between postmodernist conditions of living and triggered illnesses (including much of the spectrum of DSM-IV diagnosed conditions and physical illnesses such as migraine and epilepsy) pertaining to synchronous inter-hemispheric neuron activity within the Gamma spectrum, underpinned by plasticity within whole brain theory.

In the second phase: onset triggers are countered by activating autonomic function through the arts and, in the first phase: recovery is sustained by means of entrainment through the arts. In the remaining phases: academic research and phenomenological research are cross-evaluated with cross-platform MagnetoEncephaloGraphy (MEG) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), together with ElectroEncephaloGraphy (EEG), plus qualitative observational and questionnaire data.

As well as dissemination by means of conferencing and journal articles, the research outputs include: studio, live, community/ participatory, integrated/ specialist/ educational arts events as performances, presentations, installations, exhibitions, happenings/ actions/ workshops, multi-media products/ DVDs, CDs, and bound publications.

Projects

Direct current (Executive Director), Unit (Collaborating Artist), and ad hoc.

External Activities

External Awards Examiner (Postgraduate)

External Subject-Specialist Examiner (MA Arts and Health, MA Arts in Community Health Settings, MA Animation, MA Graphic Design, and MA Art Practice).

Conferences

Co-Chair of the Business, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Degrees Sub-Committee; Deputy Vice Chair of the Business, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Ethics Committee; Research Degrees Tutor for the School of Film, Media and Performance; Supervision of Postgraduate Research Degrees Students (MA by Research, MPhil, and PhD); Postgraduate Research Degrees Training (especially Practice-based Research and Writing Literature Reviews). Subject Tutor for DA Creative Arts; MA Arts-Health; MA Music Industry Management and Promotion; MA Music Practice; MA Creative Practice; and BA Music Practice; Module Leader for Arts-Health Praxis; Research Design; Professional Arts Practice; Arts Research Project; and Performance in Context. Provision of: electronic, multi-media, and written learning materials; practical workshops; presentations; lectures; seminars; role plays; action learning sets; discussion groups;demonstrations; directorial guidance; group tutorials; one-to-one (1:1) tutorials; placement supervision; on-site risk assessments; expert guidance for arts-health praxis, dissertations, professional and personal development, academic study and employability skills; plenary sessions; viva-voce; formative assessments; summative assessments; verbal and written feedback.

Plus taught classes in: research design and methodology; ethics; research funding; medical, social, and cultural infrastructures; medical and disability models of health; social theories (especially: preference formation, ideology, equal opportunities, diversity, and inclusion); cultural theories (especially: postmodernism, semiotics, simulacra and dissimulation, the reality principle and normalcy, and ancient ontology); philosophies (especially Holism, Humanitarian person-first praxis, Existential Phenomenology, and post-structuralism); project management (especially: strategic, systems, and operational aspects), including quality assurance and quality enhancement; project funding; expert practical skills and techniques in: arts-health, arts and health, arts for health, arts in health, music therapy, drama therapy, art therapy, interdisciplinary arts, integrated arts, multi-media arts, live arts, music composition, music performance (many instruments), creative writing, play writing, script writing, painting (fine art), sculpture, photography, digital video making and editing, film making and editing, design, and crafts.