Tim is Senior Lecturer of Branding and Digital Media at Middlesex University. He holds a PhD from University of Westminster and his research background explores digital content creation, creativity and new mediums of distribution, accessibility, interactivity and online sharing, particularly through social media. Tim places importance on linking student projects to industry partners to help prepare them for the workplace and is currently conducting research and developing a Degree Apprenticeship programme for Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries.
Currently External Examiner for London Metropolitan University MA Digital Media programme and BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Creative Industries) for De Montfort University/Leicester College.
Prior to this he developed a work-based learning degree as well as lecturing on the BA (Hons.) Web Media Production at Ravenbourne. Tim's PhD explored digital content creation and online sharing and creativity. In 2008 he completed an M.A. in Digital Media that investigated the use of online creative repositories and new mediums of distribution, accessibility and interactivity on the internet.
Previous to his academic roles, Tim managed creative teams in design agencies, creative services departments and for terrestrial and satellite television companies for over 24 years. During this time he worked with a variety of high-level corporate, broadcasting and music industry clients and acquired a wide-range of skills and experience that includes the conceptualisation and production of promotional and branding campaigns, graphic and moving image design across different media platforms.
Module Leader: Creative Advertising; Campaign Planning; Creative Industries Work-placements
Reasearch/specialisms: Creative Industries and Degree Apprenticeships, Work-based Learning
Graham, James and Riley, Tim (2023) Development of BA Creative Digital Design professional degree apprenticeship. In: CHEAD conference 2023 - Creative Graduates: what is the future now?, 13-14 March 2023, Kingston Upon Thames, London, UK.
Riley, Tim (2020) The creative industries and degree apprenticeships: the benefits and challenges of adoption for small and micro businesses. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning , 11 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2042-3896
Riley, Tim (2017) Work-based learning for the creative industries: a case study of the development of BA (Hons) web design and social media. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning , 7 (1). pp. 79-91. ISSN 2042-3896
Riley, Tim (2015) Self-created digital content sharing in retirement. In: Media, Margins and Popular Culture. Savigny, Heather and Thorsen, Einar and Jackson, Daniel and Alexander, Jenny , eds. Palgrave Macmillan, UK, pp. 232-248. ISBN 9781137512802
Riley, Tim (2013) Self-initiated (re)education of digital technology in retired content creators. Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook , 11 (1). pp. 51-69. ISSN 1601-829X