Roddy Gibson's association with Middlesex began in 1992 when he began to contribute to the teaching of video production practice within communications studies at the university as an industry practitioner on a part-time basis. This led to a full-time appointment in 2005 when he became Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for BA Television Production.
Roddy currently holds an Honours BA in History awarded by Trinity College Dublin as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Video and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from Middlesex University. He has designed several undergraduate programmes at Middlesex and validated practice-centered degrees at Bournemouth, Hertfordshire and Falmouth Universities. His has also been appointed External Examinar at Salisbury, Portsmouth and Falmouth.
Prior to joining the course delivery team on a full-time basis, Roddy co-founded and ran two highly successful independent production companies - Emerald Productions (1988 - 1999) and Joose TV (2000 - 2004). Working across both the broadcast and non-broadcast sectors as a Producer / Director / Editor, with clients that included Honda, Smithkline Beecham, the Department of Trade and Industry and Barnardos, the quality of this work was recognised in two IVCA awards in 1999. Joose TV specialised in cross platform content delivery and pioneered the testing of video streaming technologies and workflows, partnering Energis to stream original live and packaged content from World Superbike series in 2000 and 2001. Roddy was Director of Technology at Joose, and contracted by EMEA (European Medicines Evaluation Agency) in 2002 as streaming consultant.
Roddy is a member of MeCCSA (Media Communications and Cultural Studies Association) and is still an active consultant and television production practitioner.
Roddy has taught across a variety of degrees at all level of undergraduate as well as postgraduate study, including: Communications Studies, Performing Arts, TV Production, TV Technical Arts, TV Journalism, Media and Communications Management and Professional Media Practice. His subject areas encompass both theoretical and practice-centered learning and include: The Television Industry; Production Technologies; Television News; Television Entertainment; Documentary; Production Management & Research and Television, the Internet and Interactivity.
He has been a Programme Leader on all television degrees since joining the university full-time, and has overseen the significant growth and development of TV production studies at Middlesex to the current position of excellence, both in terms of facility and tuition, as recognised by Creative Skillset (the Sector Skills Council for Media) accreditation. He is also jointly responsible for the enhanced employability status of TV graduates from Middlesex University, as evidenced in the range and quality of work experience opportunities within the degrees and the statistics relating to graduate employment for TV graduates.
Roddy has contributed to a number of high profile events and partnership initiatives since joining Middlesex. This includes significant contributions to the debates surrounding diversity and exploitation, especially relating to early career graduate experience at the Edinburgh International Television Festival and The Guardian Online Forums. It also includes unique film competition ('New Shoots') and sponsored interview workshop initiatives with the BBC and Channel 4, as well as unique live project initiatives with Thompson Reuters and Transport for London.
Documentary Film-making and New Documentary Forms:
'Les Cyclistes' (2008) - a cross disciplinary approach to documentary film-making within an absurd world of the hyper-real combining video and live performance witin a touring installation. Project Leader and Director: David Furnham.
'The Sand Trap' (2010) - a publicly-finded full length feature documentary film collaboration between the Media and Law departments at Middlesex highlighting the exploitation and enslavement of children within the UAE, particularly from Bangladesh. Producers: David Keane and Nick McGeechan. Director: Sarah Boston.
'Love Rat' (2011) - a feature documentary commissioned by Channel 4 and produced by Ronachan Films. Director: Klaus Fried.
'Pink Stinks' - a long form documentary essay about the issues surrounding gender streotyping (in development)
I am very interested in the development of new documentary forms and sub-genres and I am currently planning a symposium to discuss long-form essayed film-making.
The Ethics of Media Practice
Employability in the television sector