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Paul Proctor

Senior Lecturer

Paul Proctor

Paul is a photographer and academic with over 30 years experience as an educator in the subject. With many years of academic experience in art, design and media pedagogy and in art, design and media management and leadership, Paul has developed an extensive track record of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development. He has led teams through curriculum change held many external examinerships and advisory roles in the UK for over 15 years.

Paul is currently responsible for developing the curriculum for a new School of Digital Arts (SODA) at MMU which is due to open in 2021. His role in SODA has led to international knowledge exchange and collaboration with HE institutions in both Europe and the USA. Paul's recent conference papers include:

'Designing the SODA Curriculum' at What's Going on Here? Decoding Digitality, ELIA Academy International Conference, Stuttgart, Germany, 2019

'Designing a new digital arts curriculum where technology inspires new stories, new experiences and new realities' at Data, Dialogue, Doing. ALT Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 2019

'Developing a Co-Creative Curriculum: challenging preconceived models of learning and teaching' at Learning Connections International Conference, University College Cork, Ireland, 2019.

Paul's research in photography elaborates on a new materialist approach to working in an algorithmically determined 3D photographic digital space. He is currently studying for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and delivered academic papers at:

Illumination: Perspectives on the Way of Life. Birkbeck University, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, London
Virtually Actual 2020

The Post-Photographic Apparatus International Conference 2019
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Lucerne Switzerland. Title: Virtually Actual - The post-photographic apparatus

Times and Movements of the Image International Conference, Caldas da Rainha and Lisbon, Lisbon title: Virtually Actual; the circuit of movement 2019.

The 8th International Conference on the Image (2017), in Venice, Italy, title: Virtuality, Photography and Abstraction.

In addition to his MA in Photographic Studies (University of Derby, 1994), Paul also holds postgraduate Diploma in Art and Design in Education (Institute of Education, University of London 2009) and Advanced Teaching and Learning (Oxford Brookes University, 2005).


A selection of recent research outputs.


Proctor, P., 2018. 'Event', Manchester School of Art.

Proctor, P., 2016. 'Beyond the Camera, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China.', Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China.

Proctor, P., 2016. 'Untitled Materials', Manchester School of Art.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Proctor, PA., 2015. 'Photographs as Agents of History', Verioa, Greece, ??????????? ??????? (???.- ???. 2015) (59), pp. 21-24.