Dr Mel Lee

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Lecturer . Background in Animation and Postproduction. Have worked in the Broadcast industry for over 20, Working for BBC Technology, World Affairs, Newsgathering, Sony Broadcast, Royal and National Ballet. Animation credits include; Channel Four, Royal Bank of Scotland, Cardiff Animation festival, Hackman.
I studied for a degree in Animation at Norwich School of Art and Design followed by a Masters degree in Visual Communication, specialising in Animation. I started my career as a freelance editor and animator working for Granada TV, Channel 4, BBC News Gathering and World Affairs, Sony Broadcast UK before establishing the Production company Definitely Red and Creative Channel Network, producing animated shorts, documentaries and adverts for both the Broadcast and corporate sector both nationally and internationally.
I am currently working on a research project in partnership with Staffordshire University and Birmingham Children’s hospital alongside completing my PhD at Staffordshire University.
I am a member of the C-MAT Research ARC steering committee.

Professional memberships and activities

Women in Film and Television

Academic qualifications

BA Hons Animation
MA Visual Communication (Animation)


Research and practice into the methods of television, film and post production.
Course development, industrial partnership development and work experience for staff and students

Research interests

Television production, from development to post production.
Research, development and production of mixed media/animated short films

Recent research for European funding with Staffordshire University and collaboration with British and French historians for both a long form World War Two film documentary and a separate short film documentary for World War One commemorations for theatre release.

PhD researching media delivery of the traumatic film.

Research and development of Virtual Religions, Birmingham Children’s hospital.


BSc Hons Film Production Technology
Bsc Hons Visual FX
MSc post production


Islamic Paediatric care Conference (10/10/13)
Denton Conference on Implicit Religion, 10/5/13)

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020