Dr Levi Dean

Assistant Professor in Communication & Cultural Studies, Director of Audio-Visual Technology

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Undergraduate 2023-2024:

  • Documentary and Reality (Convener) 
  • BA Dissertation Supervision 
  • Transmedia Narratives and Digital Literacy 

Postgraduate 2023-2024:

  • Storytelling and Video Production (Convener)
  • MA Dissertation supervision 
  • PhD Supervision 

Research Interests

  • Screenwriting 
  • Filmmaking
  • Documentary Studies 
  • Creative Industries
  • Practice-Based Research 

Professional Information

Non Traditional Research Outputs (NTRO's)

  • Documentary Project'Life at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China': this is a short film that I undertook the duty of producer and director with the support of UNNC students. The film is currently in post-production.
  • Documentary video for the 'Horizontal Metropolis Yangtze Riverdelta: Entangling Capitals Exhibition.' I led UNNC students to produce a short documentary style video concerning the transformations of rural farming in China. It will be showcased at a physical exhibition in collaboration with The Department of Architect at UNNC.
  • Half the World is Sleeping: I am co-producing and directing this short film, as part of the AHRC research grant that I secured, along with my colleague, Dr. Filippo Gilardi. 
  • BlueCat Screenwriting Competition: My pilot episode, Angela, made the top 10%. Notably, over a 1000 screenplays were submitted.
  • GoKinema Film Festival: My short script Rock, Paper, Scissors was selected as the open set film, which was directed by Oscar winning cinematographer Philippe Rousselot.
  • Pretzel Film Directors' Competition: My short film Deception, which I wrote and directed, was a top 10 finalist for Best Director.
  • Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition: My feature film screenplay Worthless achieved the semifinals and was subsequently promoted for a year by an agency based in Los Angeles. Notably, with just over 3000 screenplays entered into the competition, Worthless managed to fight its way into the top 1%,
  • LA Thriller Film Festival: Ciaran, a short film I co-wrote, was prized as Best Student Film.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Screenwriting Studies, Bangor University

Award Date: 2 Jun 2021

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE-PCET), University of the West of England

Award Date: 6 Jul 2015

Master, Scriptwriting , Bournemouth University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2013

Film & Media Studies with Practice, Manchester Metropolitan University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011


  • Theatre Studies and Film Studies
  • Journalism and Communication

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  • Staff


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