Dawn Shaw

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

MediaCityUK 2nd Floor - Desk 46

Please email for an appointment.

Current positions

Senior Lecturer


I had stints at the BBC on reportage for those of you who remember it and also on Granada tonight where there will be some old footage in a dusty cupboard somewhere of me on a pogo stick. I interviewed Mark Hughes after we won the double there too. I worked at Vector TV in 1997 and sneakily helped with lighting on the Royle family. I became a lecturer in 1998 and over the years I have I developed my knowledge from production to post and digital streaming. I have production, post production, compositing, graphics, idents and now my favourite codecs and compression knowledge. I also have an obsession for After Effects to create cool idents.

However I am working on creating Cartoons for the deaf and Pugh is under development. As seen in the iphone app link.


Subject skills:

I am the MSc Digital Media:VAST programme leader and teach post production and compositing. My expertise is animated graphics and television engineering on the BSc Professional Sound and Video technology course. I am an expert in broadcast systems and digital workflows as well as teaching codecs.  I supervise dissertations on BSc PSVT, MSc VAST.  I teach Audio,video, post production to the level 6 students on BSc Multimedia and internet Technology

I am a certified teacher of Adobe After effects.

Technical skills:

Beta SP, Panasonic DV and Canon DV Cameras, Sony EX3, Sony HCX100.Adobe Premiere Pro and AVID non linear.  Adobe after effects 3D, IPTV and video compression technology.  Vectorscopes and broadcast (IRE/IEEE) standards. I am also a member of SMPTE.

Research Interests

I am passionate about using technology for the greater good and currently I am to developing software using 3D animation for hearing impaired children named Pugh found on the app store. I created the character animation in clay initially and then converting this to 3D using Maya and blender.  I am as part of this project using mocap to create accurate animations.

My other research interests lie in codecs and compression and how vector based, GPS tracking could improve the quality of compression.

Qualifications and Memberships

Educational qualifications:

MA in Creative Technology (June 2006)

University of Salford

GMOCN in Essential Desk top Publishing Techniques (July 2002)

Oldham College

MA module in digital Video editing (Jan 2002 – Jun 2003)

British Film Institute

PGCE in Post Compulsory Education (Sept 1998 – Jun 1999)

University of Huddersfield

BA (Hons) Joint Arts and Humanities degree in Media and English (Sept 1993 – Jun 1996)

De Montfort University Leicester

BTEC National in Media (part HND) (Sept 1991 – Jun 1993)

Oldham College, Rochdale Rd

Grade: 9 Distinctions           7 Merits             3 Passes

Secondary Education:

Bluecoat C of E School, Edgerton St, Oldham. (Sept 1986 – Jun 1991)

I.T, English Lit, English Lang, Art – all graded C and above.

SMPTE membership


D M Shaw et al, Evaluation of the prototype mobile phone app Pugh: a 3D cartoon character designed to help deaf children to speech read ICDVRAT 2012

Physical applications/links