Paul Ottey

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I developed my passion for film and moving image during the video boom of the 1980’s consuming a wide range of mainstream and more obscure and alternative films with a particular love of low budget B movie horror. My practical and technical interests led me to begin a career as a mechanical engineer and designer, working for major automotive brands such as Ford, Renault, Skoda and Jaguar.
I changed career paths after producing video materials for our automotive clients. I worked on a number of corporate videos before moving into factual production, and have since worked on numerous documentary programmes, short and long form films and personal filming projects.

Professional memberships and activities


Academic qualifications

BEng Mechanical Engineering
BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology


Undergraduate course development
Film and Television Production

Research interests

Low budget film production, factual television production, experimental sound design and film. Exhibited through international broadcast, international film festivals and online.


BSc Film Technology, BSc Television Technology


Essential Travel (2013) Dir: Paul Bridges, Cinerokom Festival Hollywood
Crimes That Shook Britain: Series 1 – 5 (2008-2013) SKY C&I Network
Shannon Matthews: The Disappearance (2009) SKY C&I Network

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