Staff profile

Daniel Cooper

Technical Instructor for Entertainment Engineering and Technical Lead for Makerspace

Daniel Coopers Staff Profile Picture


Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Entertainment Engineering


College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am the Technical Instructor for the Entertainment Engineering degrees which include Sound, Light and Live Event Technology and Broadcast and Live Event Technology. I focus on the practical aspects of the degrees such as rigging and lighting design.

I am also the Technical Lead for Makerspace, a student-led workshop where any students can come along to learn how to use a wide variety of tools and make things for their degree or personal projects.

Teaching responsibilities

As a Technical Instructor, I assist teaching for the Entertainment Engineering degrees which include Sound, Light and Live Event Technology and Broadcast and Live Event Technology. I also assist with the Electronic and Electrical Engineering degrees. I have a wide variety of responsibilities, ranging from purchasing and maintaining equipment through to hands on training with practical aspects of the courses.

Research interests

As a technical instructor, I assist in creating the equipment used for research mainly in the live events or acoustics area.

I am also looking into how university maker spaces can help teach students new skills and make them more employable after their degree.

Membership of professional bodies

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)


Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Sound Light and Live Event Technology – University of Derby

Professional qualifications

  • City and Guilds In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (PAT) (Level 3)
  • City and Guilds Management Requirements for the Maintenance of Electrical Equipment (Level 3)
  • IPAF Powered Access Licence Operator Mobile Boom (3b)
  • IPAF Powered Access Licence Operator Mobile Vertical (3a)
  • IPAF Powered Access Licence Operator Push Around Vertical (PAV)
  • Audinate Dante Level 1
  • Audinate Dante Level 2
  • Audinate Dante Level 3

Experience in industry

I joined the University of Derby as a Technical Instructor in 2018. Before this, I worked at various companies in the live event industry, including "Chavuet Lighting" where I worked as a repair technician on moving lights and video panels.

I also worked at a large conference centre where I was the Technical Manager in charge of five technicians and responsible for providing a full complement of audiovisual services.

International experience

I recently went to MIT University in America to learn about setting up and managing a maker space, and the University of Derby is now part of the "Make IMPACT Consortium" which is a group of universities from across the globe that give training on the set-up and management of maker spaces.

I have also travelled extensively in my work as a technician doing lighting set-ups and field repair.