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Matthew Kerry

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media


Dr Kerry lectures mostly on media practices modules on BA Media. He is particularly interested in linking media practice with media theory, and also in projects that enhance student employability.

Dr Kerry administers the core Media Practice module at Level Two often working in partnership with other departments in the university, or with external organisations.

Career overview

  • HEA Fellow (November 2014).
  • PhD Thesis, The Holiday, Britishness and British Film (Sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) (September 2009).
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Nottingham Trent University (September 2006).
  • Certificate in Research Practice, Nottingham Trent University (September 2005).
  • MA with Distinction, Cinema Studies, Nottingham Trent University. Dissertation topic: Go Kids Go, The British Film Industry and the Children's Film Foundation (November 2003).

Before returning to education, Dr Kerry produced low-budget music videos for independent bands and was a volunteer for the community TV channel Cable 7

Research areas

    Dr Kerry's research and scholarly interests include:

  • British film (before the 1990s).
  • The British holiday (social history and representations of).
  • Representations of leisure.
  • Home movies and amateur film.
  • Classical Hollywood.
  • Dr Kerry is currently researching amateur film and home movies, most recently with the help of East Anglia Film Archive and East Sussex Archive.

External activity

In Spring 2017 Dr Kerry collaborated with colleague Clodagh Cooney and Nottingham Trent University students to produce media for Language Futures. This project involved filming at the 2017 Language World conference at University of Nottingham to produce online content for the Language Futures website. Work experience opportunities were created for 5 second and third year NTU media students.

Dr Kerry’s short film Home was screened at the Clarendon Park Arts Festival in Leicester in Summer 2016. A music video that he produced with University of Derby students for the musician Joshua Mellor was screened at the 5 Lamps film show at the Quad, Derby in Spring 2016.

In 2013 Dr Kerry collaborated with colleague Georgia Stone; NTU Modern Languages; and 6 NTU Media undergraduates on producing media for the CODA (Consolidation, Outcomes, Dissemination, Agency) project with Clodagh Cooney (CODA Project manager). CODA is a ground-breaking project that brings language learning to disadvantaged communities. Dr Kerry, Georgia Stone, and the NTU Media students filmed and edited interviews at the Language World 2013 conference in March. They subsequently worked with project partners, and language teachers and learners in Slovenia and the Czech Republic to produce media content for the CODA website and for future conferences.

In spring 2012 Dr Kerry was invited by Inside Film to do a guest lecture on British Social Realism films for young learners and their parents/guardians at the BFI, London.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Kerry's collaboration with the NTU Environment Team won a Highly Commended award in the Courses category of the Green Gown Awards 2012. The award was given for Dr Kerry's Level 2 media practice Eco Video projects. Judges said the module made ‘strong use of technologies and social media to disseminate an impressively wide range of sustainability materials in a subject not normally associated with sustainable development, excellent impact through linking to the NTU Ecoweb’.

Dr Kerry's PhD research was fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2004-2007).

Press expertise

Dr Kerry is able to talk to the media regarding the following:

  • Traditional British holidays
  • British cinema
  • Representations of the British holiday
  • Media representations of the British landscape