Staff profile

Professor Huw Davies

Professor of Lens Media

Huw Davies at the Degree Show 2016


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts

Research centre

Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am currently Professor of Lens Media. I joined the University of Derby in November 2007 as Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design & Technology a post I held until 2016. During my time as Dean I had overall strategic leadership for the Faculty of ADT and the College of Arts, which included the Schools of Art & Design, Humanities and Engineering & Technology.

Previously I held teaching, research and management positions at a number of universities and colleges in the UK and USA over a 20-year period. Prior to taking up the post at Derby, I was Head of the School of Arts & Creative Industries and Professor of Lens Media at Edinburgh, Napier University, which included the Skillset accredited, Screen Academy Scotland and the Ian Tomlin School of Music.

Professional interests

Research interests

Selected Photography and New Media

Selected Film Production (Credit as Co-Director/Producer/Writer)

Broadcast credits include: BBC 1 (UK), BBC 2 (UK), YLE (Finland), RTE (Republic of Ireland), TF1 (France), TF3 (France), The Discovery Channel (USA), Premier (Germany), ORS (Austria), TV2 (Denmark), Canal + (Poland).

Screenings in competition at over 100 international film festivals since 2000 including: Edinburgh (2000 and 2004). Cork (2000 and 2004). Sau Paulo (2000). London (2000 - runner up for TCM best short). Trencianske Teplice (2001). Philadelphia (2001 and 2005). European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck (2001). Denver (2001 and 2004). Hong Kong (2002). Houston (2002 and 2005 Winner Best Short Film 2002 and 2005). Seattle (2004). Montreal Festival of World Cinema (2004). Los Angeles (2004). MECAL Barcelona (2004 - Winner 'Oblique' prize for Best Short Film). Interfilm Berlin (2004). Tehran (2004). Bratislava (2004). Clermont-Ferrand (2005). Cinequest - San Jose (2005). Arcipelago International Short Film Festival - Rome (2005). Tabor International Film Festival -Croatia (2005). Monterrey International Film Festival -Mexico (2005). Sonar International Short Film Festival, Firenze -Italy (2006 Award of Best Experimental-Visual Short). International Festival of Cinema and Technology (2007 world tour inc USA, Australia, UK). Artcore / Other-lings (2019), InDialogue (2019) 

Selected Curation

Current Research



Additional interests and activities

I have extensive experience as an external examiner, advisor and validation / review panel Chair for over 20 UK universities, including international work for the Open University, the University of Wales, University of Hertfordshire and University of Central Lancashire in China, India, Russia, Malaysia, Thailand and various EU countries.

In the media

Various regional and national print, radio and television.

Recent publications

Recent Publications/Exhibitions (since 2012):

Format conference being held at the Quad in one of their cinema theatres.

Huw Davies, Professor of Lens Media at the University of Derby, explains how FORMAT grew to an international event.