Our Lecturers

Trudie Ballantyne  Course Leader

Trudie has worked for many years as an advertising and editorial photographer for clients such as BT and American Express with advertising agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather and Grey Advertising, specializing in studio still life and corporate location work. She has exhibited personal collections of her work in London, USA and China.

As Course leader Trudie has lead study trips to Shanghai, New York and Paris, organized student collaborations with major international brands such as Superdry, Specialized, Converse (part of Nike China) and the fashion brand Brand nu based in Beijing.  In her role as course leader she has redesigned the course curriculum developing and introducing new modules to promote students individual creative and collaborative skills in response to the needs and demands of the continually changing photographic industry worldwide.

Trudie had three images from an ongoing project regarding ocean plastics shortlisted for the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015 and exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London in the same year.


Grant Scott  Senior Lecturer  

Grant Scott has worked as an art director on magazines such as Elle and Tatler and has worked with professional photography and photographers for thirty years and as a photographer, editor and creative director since 2000. Over the past thirteen years his photographic clients have included Sothebys, Vogue, House&Garden, Elle Decoration, The Guardian Magazine, The Telegraph on Saturday, Glamour, Instyle, Bang & Olufsen, BBC and IKEA amongst many others. As a photographer he was a finalist in the John Kobal Portrait Awards in 2001, shortlisted in the Food Photographer of the Year Awards 2017 and he has had his images exhibited nationally and internationally.

Whilst continuing to work as a photographer, he edited Professional Photographer magazine in the UK before launching his own title Hungry Eye, a monthly magazine for professional photographers and filmmakers in 2011. He now edits and curates the multiple publishing platform www.unitednationsofphotography.com.

In 2013 Grant established and curated the Photo Book Weekend as part of the Cheltenham Literature Festival. 

Grant has judged many international photographic awards including the World Press Photo Multi-Media Awards, RedBull Illume Awards and Hasselblad Masters Awards and was a judge for the Food Photographer of the Year Awards 2016. 

Two books of his photography have been published At Home With The Makers of Style was published by Thames & Hudson in 2006 and Crash Happy: A Night At The Bangers was published by Cafe Royal Books in May 2014.

His book titled Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained was published by Focal Press in August 2014 and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography was published by Focal Press in 2015. He regularly writes on photography for BBCNews and the World Press Photo online journal Witness.

Grant was the instigator, curator and host for the UNP/UOG/VanArts collaborative event Photography: A Visual Language at the Natural History Museum, London 2016.

His photography and writing is held in the permanent collections of MOMA, New York, The Tate, London, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, St.Andrews University Photography Collection, Scotland and The British Library.

In 2015, he was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK and has worked on innovative teaching projects with the University of Newcastle, University of California and the University of Otago, New Zealand amongst others.

Grant is currently working on his next book #New Ways of Seeing to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2018 and a documentary film titled Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay www.donotbendfilm.com. He is currently studying for a PHD on publication.



Dr Sharon Harper Senior Lecturer Media Theory and Contextual Studies 

Sharon Harper is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Art & Photography at the University of Gloucestershire. Her most recent article The World’s Most Amazing 100% Awesome Photography Theory is forthcoming in the international journal Photographies, and another recent article The Commercial Elephant in the Room has appeared in a special photography edition of Indian art magazine Take on Art launched at the Dhaka Art Summit and Art Basel Hong Kong in 2016.

She has given papers at Generations (MeCCSA 2015: Northumbria), 21st Century Photography (Central St. Martin’s), Ashoka University (Delhi) and most recently at Helsinki Photomedia 2016 calling for greater theoretical engagement with commercial photography. She also participated in the one-day UNP/UOG/VanArts collaborative event Photography: A Visual Language at the Natural History Museum, London acting as host of a discussion panel featuring four international portrait photographers. She is currently working on a paper for the Nordicom Review.


Matthew Murray  Senior Lecturer 

Matthew Murray has shot above the line advertising campaigns for some of the worlds leading advertising agencies – Saatchi & Saatchi, M&C Saatchi, TBWA, VCCP, Leo Burnett, FALLON, Ogilvy, BMB, Lowe Worldwide, BBDO/CLM, Paris, BWM, Sydney, Australia. Clients include Sony, Eon, The Labour Party, Auchan, EasyJet, Volotea, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Halifax Bank. Editorials clients include VICE, i-D Magazine, Port Magazine, The Independent, The Guardian, Dazed Digital, Feature Shoot, Lenscratch. Working with many of the most creative Art Directors and Creative Directors including Trevor Beattie, Graham Cappi, James Gillham, Richard Flintham, Al Moseley, David Hellqvist and Terry Jones.

Matthew’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, Arles Rencontre Arles Festival France, National Portrait Gallery, London, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Unseen Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, The Photographers’ Gallery London, Paris Photo – Le Carrousel Du Loure, Paris, Gallery Vassie, Amsterdam, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, Fotografie Museum, Berlin, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne.

Matthew’s work is included in the collections of a number of art institutions and private collections, the permanent collections of MOMA, New York, The Tate, London, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The British Library.

Matthew was a finalist in the International Photography Awards, New York, 2015, 2016, finalist at the Association of Photographers Awards 2015 – The Open Awards in both the Stills and Series Categories, winner of The Association of Photographers 2014 – The Open Awards Stills Category, finalist International Street Photography Awards, 2012, winner of The Association of Photographers Awards 2001 – Lifestyle Category, finalist in the John Kobal Portrait Awards 1995, 1997, awarded Arts Council of England Funding in 2016 and in 2006, finalist the Observer Hodge Awards, 1998

Matthew participated in the landscape document as a panel member at the one-day UNP/UOG/VanArts collaborative event Photography: A Visual Language at the Natural History Museum, London

Matthew concentrates the majority of his time researching and photographing personal projects for publication and exhibition. In 2013 his book SKA, a series of portraits focusing on this subculture and represented through hardcore ska fans, the kind of people who not only listen to the music but live the life, was published by Schilt Publishing.  In 2015 his work documenting the British during the summer months titled Pleasure in Leisure was published by Cafe Royal Books.

Currently Matthew has been photographing a series of landscapes on Saddleworth Moor. Photographed over a period of four-and-a-half-years, this series sees Matthew working in collaboration with Grain Photography Hub, http://grainphotographyhub.co.uk – Gallery Vassie, Amsterdam, www.galleryvassie.com and Pirate Design Agency, Amsterdam, http://thisispirate.com. This series will be published in 2017 with essays included by Martin Barnes Senior Curator of Photographs at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Maartje van den Heuvel, Curator of Photography and Media Culture, Leiden Institute, The Hague and Artist Richard Billingham.

‘Saddleworth’ exhibited at mac, Birmingham alongside a symposium on Landscape photography, 2017, ‘Saddleworth’ exhibited in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018.

In 2015, Matthew was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

www.matthewmurray.co.uk       www.galleryvassie.com