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Dr Peter James Atkinson

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader
School of Arts and Media
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Dr Peter Atkinson teaches Film, Media and Popular Culture and has particular expertise in media representation of Northern England, especially in the emergence of its popular mythologies in television and popular music. He has a great track record in module design with strong employability elements in Television and Music having been Media Manager in the university’s Centre for Employability through the Humanities and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Peter has been a Course Leader in Film and Media for over twelve years. He has published academic journal articles and book chapters on the emergence of modern mythologies of Liverpool, Manchester and Hull deriving from popular music and broadcasting which have involved popular music artists The Beatles, The Smiths and David Bowie, as well as local media institutions such as ITV, BBC and Factory Records. He has also published on the verse / film television work of Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay, Fred D’Aguiar and Tony Harrison. He is a member of Music Research Group at University of Central Lancashire.

Dr Peter Atkinson has a background in London advertising photography and, more latterly, a management role at Brewery Arts Centre in the English Lake District. His First Class undergraduate degree in Film Media and Television with English at York St John (read as a mature student) led to an AHRB funded MA in Contemporary Literary Studies at Lancaster University. Peter then undertook an AHRB funded PhD at Lancaster on the topic of the broadcasting of the modern myth of Liverpool, 1958-64. Peter has been a Lecturer in Film and Media at University of Central Lancashire since 2000 and became Course Leader of the subject in 2007. Peter was Realistic Work Environment Lead for Media in the Centre for Employability Through the Humanities following UCLan's award of a grant as a Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in the area of Employability in 2008. Peter has contributed to many international conferences on the North of England with particular emphasis on the role of television broadcasting and popular music in generating popular mythologies of the region.

  • 2006PhD. Department of English, University of Lancaster. AHRB funded
  • 1996 MA Contemporary Literary Studies, University of Lancaster (with distinction). AHRB funded
  • 1995BA (Hons English with Drama, Film and Television Studies), Class 1, University of Leeds (St John’s College, York)
  • Representation of the North of England particularly in Television and Popular Music and also northern screen industry and northern economic regeneration.
  • External Examiner, MA Beatles, Popular Music and Society, Liverpool Hope University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy