Simon's original role at UEL is to develop and run some of the key production-based modules that operate within the School of Arts and Digital industries, but outside of the Film & Video Programme. He is now a key member of the team developing the Journalism Programme.
Simon worked for several years as an NCTJ-trained journalist before helping run the country's first NUJ-backed Pathways to Journalism course at Wandsworth Prison.
Simon's broad creative experience across different forms ranges from journalism (a night on the Bosnian front line for the Marie Claire; travel pieces for The Independent etc.); through short stories (published by Pulp Faction and Serpents Tail); poetry for performance; theatre (produced at the Blue Elephant and Brockley Jack fringe theatres); documentary (Anglia & Channel 4); and film (two Film Council shorts as writer/director). He also has a special interest in working with emergent artists, and is a trustee of a charity working in this sector.
Originally, Simon graduated from Kent University, before completing postgraduate study in the School of Education at the University of Greenwich. Upon joining UEL he became a Fellow of The Higher Education Authority and has recently completed MRes research into new approaches to participatory video.