Phoenix Fry

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Position Lecturer
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Phoenix Fry

Phoenix leads Goldsmiths’s Synapse programme, which offers workshops and one-to-one coaching for students across the university to explore and develop entrepreneurial tools, and consider the impact they would like to make in the world.

His work for the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship also includes:
• supporting the MA Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship as admissions tutor and lecturer
• co-developing FutureLearn courses in entrepreneurship, cultural policy and design thinking
• supervising students on the module From Idea to Realisation
• associate lecturer for Graduate Diploma in Creative & Cultural Industries
• project manager for international short courses and summer school
• member of the Connecting Audiences research project for pan-European training in audience development.

In 2020-21 Phoenix was also programme leader for the Foundation Year in Computing, as well as module tutor for Study Skills for Computing.

Academic qualifications

  • PGCert Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (year 1 of 2) 2018
  • MA Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship 2012
  • PG Diploma in Teaching English 2004

Teaching and Supervision

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Professional projects

Phoenix also runs his own creative practice as a producer, curator, educator and consultant. Projects include:
• Design on Film - installation and event programme for London Design Festival at the V&A Museum
• Screen/Play - 12-week course in the theory and practice of professional film programming
• Nollywood Now - Nigerian film festival and programme strand for London’s Film Africa festival
• Deptford Film Club – over 100 events screening arthouse, world and cult cinema
• New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival - created by and for local people. Included the Internet Cat Video Film Festival
• Fundraising and marketing consultant for artists, photographers, galleries and festivals
• Project manager for the BFI's nationwide Sci-Fi season.

Grants and awards

2019: Parade of Friendly Monsters
Arts Council England funding for a participatory arts project, in partnership with Deptford X

2018: Art Connects Us: Sub-Saharan Africa
British Council grant to research networks and training within South Africa's film programming community

2017: Goldsmiths Teaching & Learning Grants
Funding from TALIC to prototype a cross-departmental module for students to work with industry, public sector and local experts to develop practical responses to real-world problems,

2017: Goldsmiths Annual Fund: Women in Computing
A programme of outreach activity and on-campus talks to support and encourage the next generation of women in Computing.

2016: Creative Skillset: Screen/Play
Two-year funding for a 12-week professional development course in the theory & practice of film programming

2016: Goldsmiths Annual Fund: EAVI Nights
A programme of electronic & experimental music nights curated by the Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group

Other teaching work

Beyond Goldsmiths, Phoenix regularly lectures on the Presessional Academic English programme at University of the Arts London, and has supported international students on the MA Culture, Criticism & Curation, MA Applied Imagination, and the International Fashion Foundation.
He has designed and delivered courses for the British Council in India, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt. Roles have included:
• online educator for the Study UK: Preparing for Work course on FutureLearn
• trainer and course developer: English for Diplomatic Purposes
• IELTS Preparation tutor
• lecturer in business development and communication skills for the Institute des Hautes Etudes de Management, Morocco
• ICT training and resources manager
• tutor in English, business communications skills and creative writing.