MEET THE TEAM


Professor Joan Farrer
PROF. JOAN FARRER

Associate Dean
(Enterprise and Innovation)

BIOGRAPHY

Professor Farrer is a designer whose principal and co-investigator roles have included EU and UK applied research funded projects where R+D innovations include wellbeing for the body and the environment. In 2000 her PhD was one of the first in Sustainable fashion textile global supply chain analysis, using cradle-to-cradle modelling of wool fibre production. Farrer has been College member, advisor, co-author and co-investigator for AHRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK and INTERREG funded projects. She reviews and writes for various trade and academic publications and holds 5 international journal advisory board posts.

Farrer is a designer who has worked with global brands, Government and NGO’s for decades, this has informed her trans-disciplinary research, which stems from deep practical commercial knowledge of the industrial retail sector, in Fashion, Textiles, Fibre, Materials, Product Design R+D and brand development. Her Sustainable, ‘Smart’ materials innovative research includes Art and Design collaborations with Physical and Biomedical Science, Computing, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. She and collaborators are developing new interdisciplinary funded proposals and publishing opportunities for pedagogic team research to inform the curriculum.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • DERMA (Design of Enabling-Regenerative Materials for Ageing) CO-I – The project will be engaged with the development of new healthcare technologies to improve the quality of life of the ageing.
  • PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies Fostering Social Inclusion) PI – The project’s focus is jobs, social inclusion (urban and rural communities) underpinned by tools and methods from the digital economy.
  • Barrier Solutions Melanoma prevention toolkit PI – The research aims to create ‘smart’ textiles combining computer intelligence and digital communication to provide ‘early warning systems’ of over-exposure to the sun.
  • SHAKES (Structural Health Autonomic Kinetics for Earth Shifts) PI – Textiles, architecture, computing and nanotechnology collaborators have developed an intelligent textile to be embedded into structural systems to sense movement and warn of potential structural failure.
Dr. Cressida Bowyer
DR. CRESSIDA BOWYER

Senior Research Fellow
(DERMA, AIR Network, Horti-blueC)

BIOGRAPHY

Cressida joined Professor Joan Farrer’s Enterprise and Innovation team in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth at the beginning of 2016 and is currently working on EU-funded international research projects and in the development of new bids focused on the University research theme health and well-being. Before that Cressida worked as a Research Fellow at UoB on a number of research projects, including the development of tissue regeneration scaffolds and investigating alternative treatments for antibiotic resistant bacteria. Her first career was in music, as a member of the KLF Communications team. After a few years of child-raising, she completed a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Brighton, followed by a PhD investigating hypoxia as a target for drug combination therapy of liver cancer.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Developing multidisciplinary initiatives to drive research and innovation for health and well-being and for social good. She strongly believes that transdisciplinary research and an open mind are essential for radical innovation and enterprise. I am committed to public engagement and dissemination activities and the democratisation of research.
  • DERMA – Wound Care by Design, a €2.7M three year project supported by the European Regional Development Fund Interreg2Seas programme. DERMA involves the design and development of innovative technologies for the prevention and management of chronic non-healing dermal wounds.
Dr. Bernie C. Byrnes
DR. BERNIE C. BYRNES

Senior Research Fellow
(PONToon)

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Bernie C. Byrnes is a multi-award winning writer and director and holds a PhD in Literary Criticism. Bernie was Dramaturg on award winning shows Muse of Fire at Shakespeare’s Globe and Little Soldiers, Theatre Re. International projects have included projects in Poland, the USA, Mumbai and Singapore. Previous directing commissions include the RSC, Soho Theatre, OffCuts, Ugly Sister, South Hill Park, Ivy Paige, Stone Crabs and Network Theatre.

Bernie is an established theatrical practitioner, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Guild of Directors. She has worked alongside Stephen Pimlott, Ed Hall, Michael Attenborough, Gareth Armstrong and Wayne Sleep. Bernie is currently Community Projects Manager & Creative Lab Producer at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth where her specialist interests are Mental Health, ‘Art & Vulnerable Communities’ and New Writing.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Urban Playscapes – This ongoing research, which began life as ‘Changing Our Toon: Youth, Nightlife and Urban Change in Newcastle, Newcastle University Press  (2001)’, looks at ways to encourage edge of care young people to access Theatre to combat social exclusion and prevent re-offending.
  • PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies Fostering Social Inclusion) PI – The project’s focus is jobs, social inclusion (urban and rural communities) underpinned by tools and methods from the digital economy.
  • Who’s Telling This Story? Gaming and Theatre: LARPing versus Interactive and Immersive Drama – this research looks at audience agency and the performative crossovers of gaming and theatre.
Toby Meredith
TOBY MEREDITH

Media Production Centre Manager

BIOGRAPHY

During his 5 years in the film industry, he has produced over 20 feature films and one TV series.  He was fortunate enough to work with an extremely talented crew and many prolific actors including Mark Hamill, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Danny Dyer and Alan Ford. His films secured international distribution with Lionsgate, Metrodome and Optimum Releasing.

Toby manages the CCI Media Production Centre which is a multimedia content creation service.  A professional service available for commercial projects both internally and externally the MPC covers a multitude of creative practices available within the faculty.  These include film and video production, animation, script writing & storyboarding, VFX production, music production, performing arts and graphic design.  If your requirements sit outside of these disciplines the MPC has the full resources across the faculty and the entire university to draw upon. Projects are managed by the MPC but work creatively with academics, students and graduates to produce high-quality products.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Sustainable practices within the film and television industries.  I am working on a collaboration with BAFTA to analyse how scalable their current albert+ certification process is for smaller, independent production companies and how the processes can be embedded in Higher Education.
  • The application of animation for patient information dissemination.
  • Successful narratives and engagement of audiences with 360′ video products.

Joni Rhodes
JONI RHODES

Business Support Officer

BIOGRAPHY

Joni studied Media Communication and Production and spent her early career working in broadcast before progressing to communications and business development. She has worked in a range of sectors including sustainability, property and agriculture operating across social enterprise models, community interest companies and competitive commercial environments.

Her creative background and the opportunity to apply a strong business acumen attracted her to the stimulating and forward-thinking environment of the CCi. In her role as Business Support Officer Joni facilitates the growth of the faculty’s research, enterprise and innovation through supporting colleague activities and collaborations with businesses and external stakeholders.

Harriet Parr
HARRIET PARR

Project Manager
(PONToon)

BIOGRAPHY

Joni studied Media Communication and Production and spent her early career working in broadcast before progressing to communications and business development. She has worked in a range of sectors including sustainability, property and agriculture operating across social enterprise models, community interest companies and competitive commercial environments.

Her creative background and the opportunity to apply a strong business acumen attracted her to the stimulating and forward-thinking environment of the CCi. In her role as Business Support Officer Joni facilitates the growth of the faculty’s research, enterprise and innovation through supporting colleague activities and collaborations with businesses and external stakeholders.

Marc Cook
MARC COOK

Research Associate
(PONToon)

BIOGRAPHY

Marc is an MSc graduate from the University of Portsmouth School of Creative Technologies. His Masters focused on game level design and development, creating a pipeline for communication and design within game development teams, this culminated in the creation of multiple levels for a University game project. 

Marc has been working at the University of Portsmouth as a Research Assistant since 2014, focusing on research, design and development of Virtual Reality (VR) applications. These applications have spanned a range of subject areas including rehabilitation, education, entertainment and digital art.  He has joined the PONToon project as a digital applications developer, focusing on the creation and assistance of the digital toolkit and applications. 
Penny Chalk
PENNY CHALK

Research Associate
(PONToon)

BIOGRAPHY

Penny joined the PONToon team in May 2018 after submitting her PhD thesis 'The Hollywood Studio System and British Nineteenth-Century Literature' at the University of Portsmouth. She has undergraduate degree in English and Film studies and a Masters degree in Film and Television Studies.  With interests in popular culture, film, literature, and history, Penny's existing research centres on investigating the production of texts during the Hollywood Studio Era that used nineteenth century British literature as their source material. She presented her findings at Association of Adaptation Studies, Oxford, UK in September 2016 and at the British Association of Film Television and Screen Studies, Bristol, UK in May 2017. Her published work includes an article published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television entitled “Edgar Dale’s Film Appreciation Program: An Early Education in Adaptation” and a case study included in Understanding Film Theory, 2nd Edition (2018) by Ruth Doughty and Christine Etherington-Wright. 

Penny has worked for the University since 2012 as a demonstrator in the school of Creative Technologies on the units Introduction to Film Studies and TV and Film Scripting, and as a lecturer in the School of Media and Performing Arts on the unit Adaptations: Film and Television for Level 5 students. When not engaged in teaching she was employed as a Research Assistant on the project 'British Film Adaptations, 1897-2015' and as a Student Recruitment Officer, working across the faculty of CCi to promote its courses.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies Fostering Social Inclusion) – The project’s focus is jobs, female social inclusion (urban and rural communities) underpinned by tools and methods from the digital economy.
  • Research Libraries in the Hollywood Studio Era - Research Libraries in the Hollywood Studio Era were almost exclusively managed by women. This project is an investigation of their role and contribution to filmmaking during the studio era.
Penny Chalk
CAROLYN WATT

PhD Student
Research Associate

BIOGRAPHY

Carolyn is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth (UoP). Her research focuses on social circus enhanced by digital technologies to foster social inclusion of young women and is part funded by UoP and part funded by an EU Interreg 5a project awaiting application outcome. She also works as a research assistant to the CCI Enterprise and Innovation team; this role includes development and support of external bid submissions and faculty initiatives aimed at developing research culture.

Previously at The University of Brighton (UoB), Carolyn worked closely with colleagues on the INTERREG funded project Building Research and Innovation Deals for the Green Economy (BRIDGE) and undertook a multifaceted project management role. Whilst working on INTERREG funded projects FLAX: Increasing its Value for Society and Biocare Marine, she took a leading role in embedding live research into the curriculum, developing a community of learners and facilitated transdisciplinary engagement across the institution. With experience in the digital research arena working on a British Academy funded project Discovering Digital Me, she assisted in qualitative/quantitative research and data analysis in digital identity and literacy studies. 

Carolyn achieved a Masters of Design in Textiles at UoB and has a passion for digital technologies, materials and performance arts, particularly circus and cabaret. Other experience includes founding a successful events company, costume design work, and professional performance in various circus/cabaret events with skills including contortion, acrobatics, pole dance and aerial dance. With a diverse blend of academic and performance expertise she has developed a wide-ranging skill set that has enabled the creation of exciting opportunities within my career portfolio.

Charlie Iceton
CHARLIE ICETON

Digital Media Undergraduate
Digital Designer

BIOGRAPHY

Charlie is a final-year Digital Media undergraduate, who has recently finished a a 10-month placement with the Enterprise & Innovation team. He is now part-time alongside being a full-side student. His focus is digital graphic design, creating content to be viewed on digital platforms for marketing purposes. Charlie is proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator whilst also able to code in HTML/ CSS/ JavaScript. He has also successfully created www.innovationcci.port.ac.uk in the time he has been here with us. He hopes to get a graduate role as a Junior Digital Designer once he has completed his degree.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Creative Digital Identities - Charlie's undergraduate thesis explores how a graduate, from a creative sector based course, can stand out from the crowd when applying for junior vacancies.