Josephine Collins, Course Leader
As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a leader on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in School of Media and Communication, Josephine Collins’ work is guided by driving social justice in higher education. Prior to becoming an academic, Collins was an editor and writer specialising in the business of fashion, interiors, brands and retailing. She has worked with business and consumer magazines, newspapers and online platforms, and led on print and online launches and relaunches.
Steve Spear, Year Tutor
An experienced journalist specialising in fashion, Steve Spear built his career as an editor and held senior positions with trade publications – both print and digital. In addition to leading several units on the course, Spear continues to freelance as a journalist and create content for fashion brands while pursuing academic interests across the fields of student engagement and effective assessment.
Liz Miller, Year Tutor
With diverse experiences across both publishing and academia, Liz Miller is a journalist and lecturer whose portfolio includes a range of consumer magazines and fashion business titles including WGSN, Mix Magazine and Drapers. Outside of the course, Miller also works on developing content strategy for fashion brands and has continued her journalistic career as a freelancer. Meanwhile, her academic focus lies in the field of student wellbeing.
Disha Daswaney, Lecturer
With a background in lifestyle journalism, trend forecasting and social media strategy, Disha Daswaney is a multitasking creative who brings an all-encompassing approach to her work. Dasweney has worked across Asian and European markets with a diverse range of clients, including Dazed Studio, AllBright, and London Evening Standard, while providing commentary for Canvas8, Grazia and Esquire. She also collaborates with international brands on developing innovation and commercial content strategies globally. While building her academic career that covers all of her past experiences, she continues to freelance as a consultant.
Dino Bonacic, Associate Lecturer
Dino Bonacic is a freelance journalist, editor, and lecturer with a focus on fashion, arts, and culture. After editing online and print editions of independent magazines, Bonacic began a full-time freelance career in 2020, writing for publications including the Guardian, Dazed, i-D, Financial Times, AnOther Magazine, Sunday Times Style and more. In addition to his writing, Dino works as a media strategist for emerging designers and on developing concepts for creative agencies and global brands, including Condé Nast.
Emil Collins, Lecturer
A broadcast tutor with a history in IT, Emil Collins is a filmmaker, producer and founding director of a video production company that creates TV and online content. Throughout his broadcast career, Collins has created
award-winning work and collaborated with the likes of BBC, Kiss FM and Sony. His academic interests lie in the fields of collaboration and diversity, while his filmmaking career explores the passion of innovative digital production, created and curated for the creative industries.
Becky Hill, Associate Lecturer
As the founding editor of Sister magazine, Beccy Hill has been building a safe and inclusive platform that encourages discussions around womxn’s issues, whilst actively pushing for concrete change. Since its launch, Sister’s unique approach to intersectional feminism has attracted coverage from international publications. In addition, Hill is a freelance writer and creative director who has collaborated with tech start-ups and creative agencies as well as written features for titles such as Dazed, Riposte and Gurls Talk.
Simon Last, Lecturer
With over 17 years teaching experience and two decades in the media industries, Simon Last is an expert in visual communication – both practically and academically. Last has worked in graphic design for web and print for a wide range of clients, including national arts institutions and corporate companies. With a particular interest in self-publishing and photography, he is an active speaker in the field, as well as a co-founder and curator of the independent artist book fair, Handmade & Bound.
Timi Odejimi, Associate Lecturer
A creative strategist, lecturer, and poet – Timi Odejimi specialises in digital media and design, with a focus on strategic and innovative thinking. A graduate of the College himself, Odejimi has built his career in both journalism and the corporate world before making a switch into entrepreneurship. As a result, he became the co-founder and COO of London-based digital design and branding agency, Acts37. In addition, Odejimi has recently finished his PgCert in Academic Practice.
Olivia Pinnock, Associate Lecturer
Olivia Pinnock is a fashion journalist and lecturer specialising in topics of sustainability and social justice. Her writing has appeared in a range of business-led publications, including Forbes, Drapers and The Telegraph. Pinnock is also the founder of The Fashion Debates, a series of events that examines ethical topics in fashion. She holds a degree in journalism, an NCTJ Diploma in magazine journalism and is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
India Price, Associate Lecturer
With experience across both fashion and lifestyle sectors, India Price is a freelance editor, writer and brand strategist. Price’s list of clients is varied, primarily covering the digital space – from tone of voice development to brand copy, editing, strategy and more. Some of her collaborators include John Lewis & Partners, ASOS, Into The Gloss, Hackett, Next and more. In addition to bringing her past experiences into her lecturing, Price is also currently working with several top secret, soon-to-be-launched brands.
Richard Ward, Associate Lecturer
Having taught shorthand since the age of 15, Richard Ward has been enthusiastic about the subject ever since. Over the years, his work has taken him everywhere from PA roles with public institutions to a range of positions at IT companies, and even becoming the President of the IPS, the oldest shorthand society in the world. Today, he teaches shorthand at several educational institutions as well as to corporate and private clients. Ward also doesn’t stop to push his own speed further – he is currently writing at 150 words per minute.