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Geoffrey Davies was a Principal Lecturer in Journalism and Joint International Director for the School of Media, Arts and Design. He joined the University of Westminster on staff teaching journalism and television in 2002.
After Oxford University he trained with the Thomson Organisation in Newcastle on The Journal daily newspaper and then moved to broadcast journalism with Thames News, working as producer. After a brief spell in children’s television he was the original producer of Frost on Sunday at TV-am, a format that ran on several channels for the next 21 years. Moving to cable television he worked for Music Box (a British precursor of MTV), becoming Head of Production for the company, later working at BSB directing live studio for business television.
In his freelance career Geoffrey has worked at ITN (now ITV News) as a producer, as a business manager in a broadcast television services company, made corporate videos, conducted media training and marketed satellite delivery services to business, as well as writing about the industry and technology for national and trade press. Immediately before working at Westminster as a visiting lecturer, he was at the BBC at the start of what became BBC Three.
Formerly an External Examiner for media courses at Singapore Polytechnic, he has been a judge for the RTS News Awards and has chaired the Multimedia panel. He has recently re-joined the committee of The Media Society, on which he sat for several years from 2008.
Between 2008 and 2015, he was the Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, until the School was restructured. Between September 2015 and December 2016 he spent a semester teaching in each of Beijing and Hong Kong. In May 2017 he was elected by colleagues as the Teaching Staff Representative on the University Court of Governors. Davies left the University in January 2021 to take up a teaching post in China.