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Research Profile

  • After graduating in BA (Hons) in Performance and Visual Arts from the University of Gloucestershire in 2000, Trevor ran a successful multimedia design practice in Cheltenham, working across website design, print, branding, moving image, photography, music and sound for various established businesses (tech, retail, hospitality, recruitment, public services), start-ups and visual and audio artists.

    Trevor is a practicing designer and musician, having recent national radio airplay with his latest music project ‘Call Me Zuko’.

  • Before joining the University of Northampton, Trevor taught across many subjects at A level and undergraduate level including Video Production and Audio/Sound at the University of Gloucestershire, Media and Film Studies at Wycliffe College, Stroud and Web and Graphic Design at Cirencester College.  Trevor completed his MA in Visual Communication in 2012 specialising in Fine Art Photography and joined Northampton in summer 2014.

    Trevor’s cross-disciplinary approach to his personal practice is echoed in his teaching approach along with facilitating projects that connect students with local communities, creative organisations, and the professional Creative Industries.

  • Pedagogic Research

    Trevor is interested in how ‘Work Based Learning’, sometimes called ‘expansive’ learning, creates ‘deep learning’ where the students themselves recognise richer connections to the content so the ‘learning activity is the entire activity system in which the learners are engaged… and produces culturally new patterns of activity’. (Engeström, Y. (2001). Expansive learning at work: Toward an activity-theoretical reconceptualization. Journal of Education and Work)

    Active and blended learning along with group working within a live project opportunity is an area that has much vibrant research and practice activity, as it demonstrably offers multiple skillsets that can effectively and realistically prepare graduates for the real world industry environments, processes and practices they will encounter.

    Personal Practice

    Trevor’s personal visual practice centres around the notion that:

    ‘a photograph is not only an image, an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stenciled off the real; like a footprint or a death mask’ –
    John Berger, ‘About Looking’, 1980.

    Suitably concluded by John Berger’s observation above and in particular his reference to ‘an interpretation of the real’ and ‘like a death mask’ have proven to be central to Trevor’s personal visual explorations.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Trevor Brown’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.