Manchester Film School
People are at the heart of everything we do at UCEN Manchester. We believe that your success is intrinsically linked to the support you receive both academically and personally.
Our staff are experts in their field and hold a varied range of professional and industry experience. Their support and dedication ensure you are guided, supported and encouraged to learn and achieve within your chosen subject.
Explore staff profiles for Manchester Film School below.
Jim GraingerCourse Director
Jim brings extensive industry experience to his role at UCEN Manchester. After completing a degree in Film and Television in 1983 at Sheffield Hallam University, he worked in independent film before teaching video and audiovisual qualifications at Openshaw Technical College.
Jim established Manchester Film School in 2006 with the help of experienced freelancer Rick Griffiths. He is passionate about creating an environment where all productions reach industry-standard practice to ensure students gain the practical experience and confidence to step into a career.
Jim said: “When our students go out on shoots or placements, I always ask what it was like and they say: ‘It was just like being here’. These are big high-end productions they’re working on, such as James Bond and Peaky Blinders – and they’re all totally prepared and ready.”
He added: “I get so proud when I see a credit! I was at Manchester’s Home cinema recently and one of my students appeared on the credits. I jumped straight up and shouted: ‘Look, look, look!’
Gareth has over 30 years on-set industry expertise and a further 10 years’ experience working with student filmmakers. He has worked on feature films with directors such as Nick Roeg, Hugh Hudson and Ken Russell as well as hundreds of high end commercials and music videos.
Gareth learned his cinematic craft from industry leaders such as Jack Cardiff, Alex Thompson and Harris Savides, as well as many of the most respected technical crews in the world.
His extensive industry connections, especially with Arri Rental and Panavision, give him access to the latest equipment and he is also a member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians.
Having worked at the BBC in Radio and TV production for a number of years, Harry has taught at UCEN Manchester for 12 years and is now a tutor at The Manchester Film School.
Harry has a proven track record of providing exemplary levels of teaching to a broad range of students who have different abilities and mixed backgrounds. He has designed and delivered courses in media for students across all educational levels but specialises in higher education.
Jasmine is a Channel 4 trained documentary maker and editor, with a particular flair for developing investigative and sensitive stories. She has also previously worked with local news stations as a content writer and researcher.
While teaching at the Manchester Film School and running workshops on documentary making, idea development and editing, Jasmine is passionate about passing on her expertise to the next generation of film and documentary makers.
Jean-Claude is an award-winning filmmaker and former Head of Documentaries at BBC Manchester.
Working as an Executive Producer, Series Producer and Producer/Director, he has made over 100 films for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and The Discovery Channel. He also makes documentaries for UK broadcasters through his role as Creative Director of North West independent production company Minerva Media.
Jean-Claude’s credits include Panorama, Kicking & Screaming: A History of Football, Gandhi, Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o, Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes, Florence Nightingale, Martin Luther King: American Prophet, Oscar Pistorius, Around the World in 80 Faiths and A History of Christianity.
Peter has worked in broadcast television since 2001 and has been involved in documentary, sport and news production across terrestrial TV networks in the UK.
He gained his industry level skills producing live shows and programmes for BBC News 24, ITN, C4 News and Sky Sports.
He has also developed his drama production techniques to operate high end cinema equipment for the past 20 years.
Brett has over 15 years experience working within the camera department for UK and international television broadcasters in Drama, Sport, Light Entertainment, Music and Childrens TV.
Brett has a BA (Hons) in Film and Moving Image (Leeds Metropolitan University in 2004) and a Level 3 in Education and Training gained in 2017. His first role in education and development was mentoring graduates for 3 Sixty Media at the Granada Studio complex in Manchester.
He said: “I love the diversity of work in my role and both the personal and professional rewards that come with direct and regular feedback from students and tutors alike. The diversity varies from technical challenges, keeping equipment loan scheduling well organized through to educating and pastoral care. The feedback varies from having translated a complex problem into a simple learning process to the satisfaction that comes from supporting general productiveness and wellbeing.”
Outside his subject area, Brett enjoys restoring historical items ranging from photographs, studio lamps to old hand and bench tools, as well as creating a relaxing garden environment and cycling.