Conferences & Publications

MES 2020 – Leeds, UK

Delighted to be selected to give a presentation on part of my research at the Media Educational Summit 2020, at the University of Leeds in April.

Each year the Media Education Summit brings together a global network of researchers, educators and practitioners working across all aspects of media education, media and digital literacy and media / technology in education.

The event is the leading global showcase for research, pedagogy and innovation on all aspects of media education.

This year’s conference theme is: Media Education, Diversity and Voice

With some interesting keynote speakers lined up for the two day event, I look forward to gaining new insights for my doctorate research.

Here is the abstract for my presentation entitled:

“Encouraging new and diverse identities (and voices) in Higher Education through


ABSTRACT (Conference paper)


identity, education, craft, craftsmanship, presentation of self.

“In modern society there is far greater scope for skill and craftsmanship than in any

previous society.” (Frayling, 2011)

Educators, in traditional media such as television and film practice based skills, have a

constant battle with keeping their students focused and fixed on the creative practice. With

social media and its influence on content production, pushing the desire for instant

gratification, students look for “the app for that” to achieve what the craftspeople have

mastered before them, thus missing out on the discovery of the processes and skills that

could define their own identity.

Using the goals of ‘presentation of self’ with identity in education, and combining them with

the technical skills of a craftsperson, new diverse student voices could be formed though

professional practice in higher education.

Author’s Bio

With over twenty five years experience in Film and Broadcast Editing, Simon teaches his

craft at Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland and is undertaking a Doctorate of

Education in Creative Media Practice at Bournemouth University.


Frayling, C. (2011). On craftsmanship. 2nd ed. London: Oberon Books Ltd.

Goffman, E. (2007). The presentation of self in everyday life. London [u.a.]: Penguin


Sennett, R. (2009). Craftsman (UK Edition). London: Penguin Books.


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Mining Memories Symposium – Irish Audiences Network

I was delighted to give a short talk on the findings of ‘cinema memories’ from the documentary I edited called ‘The Picture House’, at the Mining Memories Symposium in November 2019 in Cork.

Alphaville Journal, in association with the Irish Audiences Research
Network and the Cork Movie Memories Project, is delighted to announce
that registration is now open for an international symposium on Cinema,
Memory and the Past. We are delighted to welcome Professor Annette Kuhn,
Professor and Research Fellow in Film Studies, Queen Mary, University of
London, as our Keynote speaker. The event takes place on Nov. 22 at
University College Cork, Ireland.

A well attended event with a number of national and international speakers covering a wide range of observations on cinema, audiences and cinema venues.



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Excellence in Teaching Award 2019

Simon McGuire, Creative Broadcast and Film Production, LIT with Prof. Eugene Wall, President MIC pictured recently at the Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence Awards held in Mary Immaculate College.
The Shannon Consortium, a collaborative alliance between UL, MIC, and LIT, aims to showcase and champion outstanding practice in higher education teaching from across the Shannon Region through the Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Award process.
Pic. Brian Arthur

Delighted to have received an award today, for Excellence in Teaching in Higher Education. The awards ceremony took place at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Word of thanks to the Shannon Consortium and the advocates who helped all six shortlisted nominees in getting us across the line. Personal thanks goes to Dr. Martin Fitzgearld who guided me to this achievement.

A press release for the event is below:

The Shannon Consortium, a collaborative alliance between UL, MIC, and LIT, aims to showcase and champion outstanding practice in higher education teaching from across the Shannon Region through the Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Award process.

Out of interested faculty from across the Consortium, six academics were ultimately shortlisted for this award.  Being short-listed for the Regional Award is a considerable achievement, as all shortlisted candidates were required to put themselves through the very rigorous process of compiling a detailed portfolio of evidence according to the agreed Shannon Consortium guidelines.  We are delighted to acknowledge the following short-listed candidates:

  • Dr Matthew Canon, Applied Social Sciences, LIT
  • Dr Tom Comyns, Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Education and Health Sciences, UL
  • Simon McGuire, Creative Broadcast and Film Production, LSAD.
  • Dr Muireann McMahon, School of Design, Science and Engineering, UL
  • Dr AnnMarie Ryan, Management and Marketing, Kemmy Business School, UL
  • Dr Fionnuala Tynan,  Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies, Faculty of Education, MIC

The external panel met yesterday to consider the applications and decide on an overall winner of the award. The panel comprised Dr Rachael Carkett (University of Bath), Dr Martina Crehan (RCSI) and Dr Mark Glynn (DCU) with Dr Sharon Flynn (NUIG) chairing the meeting.  The Shannon Consortium is delighted to announce that the recipient of this year’s award is Dr Fionnuala Tynan. Huge congratulations to Fionnuala on this very significant achievement.

The award ceremony to acknowledge Fionnuala’s achievement, and the achievements of all of the short-listed candidates, takes place at 12 noon on 7th May in the Halla, Foundation Building in Mary Immaculate College.

Simon and Dr. Matthew Cannon with their awards. Also pictured are the Shannon Consortium representatives for LIT.

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On May 27th, I presented my research (to date) to the Doctoral Conference at UCD in Dublin. This was well received and gave me a useful selection of followup questions from the audience.