Staff Profiles

There is excellent staffing for the Foundation course; each Pathway has specialist staff who have very specific knowledge and experience.

Some lecturers and technicians work also across different areas and provide more generic support. This includes tutorials with guidance for higher education applications, sketchbook development and drawing. In the first stage of the course staff will support students in selecting the appropriate pathway.

Tim Edgar

Head of School – Preparation for Higher Education

Tim Edgar joined the Arts University in 2000 as Pathway Leader in Photography. He has an MA in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales and worked in the commercial world before starting to teach in 1990. He has a wealth of experience as a lecturer, working within a range of contexts from Community Based Education to MA level. He is a Lead Examiner for the UAL Foundation award. His own Fine Art based Photographic work has been published in many journals and he has released 2 books, “Rookery” and “Insect Theatre”. As Acting Head of School he is a safeguarding officer, and sits on several AUB committees including Academic Standards and Quality (ASQ) and Academic Board.


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Simon Frend

Pathway Leader 3D (Art, Craft & Design)

Simon studied for a ‘Foundation Diploma in Art and Design’ at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (Now AUB) and later ‘Design in Metals’ and ‘Applied Arts’ at Plymouth College of Art and Design and Camberwell College of the Arts.

After graduating, he produced and sold sculptural work through Berkeley Square Gallery, London and managed shared artists’ studios for a collective of 10 practitioners in Plymouth. During this time he also lectured on ND and Foundation programs in Plymouth before starting at AUB in 1999 as a visiting lecturer. He became full time in 2001taking up the post of Pathway Leader for 3D (Art, Craft and Design) on the Foundation Diploma. His main areas of interest are contemporary craft and architecture.

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Matt Theodore

Pathway Leader Photography

Matt Theodore is a Photographer and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the AUB since 2008. His work takes the form of the staged documentary, constructed realities and narratives that invite question from the viewer yet point at no singular answer.

Matt graduated from the Commercial Photography at the AIB before completing a PGCE and then an MA Photography at the London College of Communication.

Matt’s practice is driven by political and cultural issues in contemporary society expressed through the disciplines of fashion and portrait photography. The journey, often personal explores dreams desire and tension, in a complex reframing of the familiar.

His work has taken the form of commissioned editorial, fashion and narrative portraiture have seen commercial publication in the Sunday Times, Total: Spec magazine, New Shoots and 125 as well as being nominated for the 2007 AOP awards as a finalist.

Matt continues to exhibit work in both London and the South West.

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Claire Flexen

Pathway Leader Fashion, Costume and Textiles

Claire is the Pathway Leader for Fashion/Costume/Textiles on Prep for HE.

Since graduating from Winchester School of Art with a BA Hons in Printed Textile Design, she has been working in the textiles industry and has experience of teaching at a number of institutions at both FE and HE level. She has designed printed, woven and embroidered textiles for both fashion and interiors and has been commissioned by a range of companies including: Liberty, John Lewis, Kandola and Lanfine.

Her work has been exhibited at Trade Fairs in London, Paris, Brussels, New York and Frankfurt.

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Dr. Christian Edwardes

Pathway Leader Fine Art

Christian graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 1995, and completed his MA at Central Saint Martins in1997. He is currently Pathway Leader for Fine Art on the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, and is undertaking a PhD at Chelsea College of Art and Design. His work explores legacies of landscape representation often with reference to tourist artefacts and mass produced souvenirs. Recent exhibitions and publications include Drawing Lines in the Sand, an off-site project in association with Peloton Gallery in Sydney Harbour, Australia, Critical Dictionary, produced by Black Dog Publishing with an accompanying exhibition at WORK Gallery, London and Islands at the Aspex Gallery Intro Space, Portsmouth.

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Hester Poole

Associate Lecturer Fashion/Costume /Textiles

Hester completed her Foundation Diploma at Cleveland College of Art and Design then went to Manchester Metropolitan University for the BA Contemporary Crafts degree.  Here she specialised in Ceramics and Textiles.

After graduating she re-located to Edinburgh and began work as Gallery Assistant at the Stills Gallery, and later for the Scottish Arts Council as Funding Advisor.  Returning from a work placement in the US in 2002, brought a move to Dorset. She began teaching at AUB as a visiting tutor in 2003, as well as in other local colleges.   She also ran a number of art workshops for children and adults during this time.  She gained a permanent position on the AUB ‘Preparation for HE’ team in 2005 where she has worked ever since, continuing to make and print things for sale in her spare time.  Her main areas of interest are fashion, print and the applied arts in general.

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Roland Dry

Pathway Leader Illustration

Roland has a MA in Sequential Illustration from the University of Brighton and a first class honours degree in Illustration from Falmouth College of Arts (now Falmouth University). He holds a PGCE in Higher Education, is a fellow of the Higher Education academy and a member of the Institute for Learning. Roland has ten years experience as a lecturer teaching within both Further Education and Higher Education.

In addition to lecturing, Roland is a practicing illustrator focusing mainly on illustrating for children. He has worked for a range of clients tackling a wide range of briefs, ranging from illustrating plays for the BBC to education materials for many publishers including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Mantra Lingua A and C Black and Scholastic. In addition to illustrating commercially, Roland has a deep interest in drawing practice and authorial illustration practice.

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Demeter Dykes

Associate Lecturer Fine Art. Co-ordinator part-time Foundation

Demeter studied for a BA(Hons) in Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art and a HND in Printmaking. Her own practice involves combining many aspects of printmaking processes with three-dimensional elements, investigating the nature of materials, form, metaphysical notions and poetics.

She has worked within Adult Education and Family Learning in Dorset leading workshops that cover many aspects of Art and Design and has also developed and led workshops for Dorset schools in collaboration with the Widening Participation team at AUB and Walford Mill education programme.

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Nicola Will

Pathway Leader Graphic Design

Since graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with BA Hons Contemporary Crafts, Nicola has exhibited nationally and in the USA, and has also produced commercial textile and illustrative work in collaboration with a print designer. Her creative work is often driven by process, particularly textiles and print, although drawing is central to her practice. She is currently studying an MA the focus of her design work utilises everyday objects and experiences and celebrates the imperfections.

Rachel Larkins


After graduating in Textile Art, Rachel was based at artists’ studios in Hampshire, making and selling automata, which she continues to exhibit regularly. She is currently developing new work using jewellery techniques having recently completed a course in silversmithing.

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Kevin Lawton

Senior Technician

Kevin Lawton studied at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, and later studied Fine Art at Southampton Institute.

Kevin has worked Arts University Bournemouth for 17 years and is the Senior Technician for Preparation for Higher Education, he helps supports the 3D and Fine Art Pathways on Foundation and supports the Printmaking workshop.

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Lee Harper

Technician Demonstrator

Studied in London, and has a BA in Drawing from Camberwell College of Arts, and an MSc in Virtual Environments from University London. Lee’s specialism is digital imaging, and he is both an Adobe Certified Instructor and Photoshop beta tester. He also runs an Adobe Photoshop User Group on campus (see for details).

Beyond digital imaging, he creates e-commerce websites for artists and designers.

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Lindsay Moore

Technician Demonstrator

Lindsay has been a photographer for over thirty five years and whilst coaching customers of his water sports business he began to use a video camera to demonstrate paddle technique. This led to a desire to learn about all aspects of filming and film making. His career has taken him to making small low budget productions with director Mark Withers and also gained experience working on some large film productions including Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan.

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Gemma Summerell

Technician Demonstrator

Gemma Summerell attended The Arts University Bournemouth and has a BA (Hons) in Textiles. Alongside providing technical support to fashion, costume and textiles students, Gemma continues to undertake freelance work. There have been occasions where interest from the press was shown, both local and national. The local press attended the Lumen Ortis exhibition, which was a site specific event, and other work was featured on the BBC South Today programme in conjunction with Fashion Enter. Also, selected pieces were modeled at a Bournemouth Fashion Event.

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Marcus Voss

Technician Demonstrator

Marcus Voss is the technician demonstrator for the Illustration and Animation pathway.  He completed a HND and then went on to do a BA in Illustration at the AUB, specialising in digital Illustration.  Marcus continues to do Illustration work and has developed his own brand which includes printed clothing and extreme sports products.

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Perri Scott

Technician Demonstrator

Perri attended the Arts University Bournemouth to gain a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and a BA (Hons) in Textiles. Perri has completed a City and Guilds Diploma in teaching (DTLLS) with a years teaching experience in further education. As well as providing technical support to Fine Art and 3D students Perri continues to freelance and exhibit three dimensional artworks in Europe

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