About the Photo Team

Our friendly, enthusiastic and skillful team of lecturers and technicians will make you feel welcome and confident in reaching your full potential in your journey to become a professional photographer. Our dedicated lecturers and technicians are practicing photographers in a variety of genres within the industry giving them a good understanding on our student's needs and the demands of the photographic environment in today's society.

To view the full course information, entry requirements, how to apply and fees & funding please visit The University of Bolton website here.

Ian Glover

Programme Leader

Dr. Ian Glover is Programme Leader for Visual Communication (Graphic Design and Photography). His practice is based on researching (photographing and filming) forgotten subjects including abandoned landscapes and displaced objects. 

Recent projects have included partnerships with literary narrative including poetry and storytelling appearing in commissioned exhibitions and publications, most recently involving museums and cultural representations.

Ian’s work has featured in publications including The British Journal of Photography, AG,World Architecture, Building Magazine and national exhibitions.

Ian completed a PhD researching forms of post-structural northern representation. His teaching includes practice-based video, landscape and architecture as well as professional practice and supervision of final year undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Rachel McHaffie

Photography Lecturer

Rachel joined the team at the University of Bolton as a lecturer in photography in September 2018. 

Rachel has been a freelance photographer since 1994. Rachel McHaffie is one of the very few photographers whose professional career has been devoted exclusively to the documentation of the dance revolution. 

Rachel’s career in dance music photography began at the now infamous Hacienda nightclub where she was staff photographer in the mid1990’s. Following the Hacienda, Rachel went on to work for many magazines– including DJ and Ministry – and she has explored and captured the global club landscape from Vegas celebrating her tenth year in club photography, having documented some of the most significant parties, people, music and memories in the last decade of such music genre.

Laura Robertson

Photography Lecturer

Laura Robertson is a writer,critic and editor based in Liverpool. A reviewer of contemporary arts and culture for international magazines (including Frieze, Hyperallergic, ArtMonthly, ArtReview, a-n), and broadcast (BBC Four Front Row), she is also co-founder and contributing editor at The Double Negative online magazine; anMA Writing student at the Royal College of Art; critical writer-in-residence at Open Eye Gallery; and a former director of The Royal Standard Gallery & Studios. 

She has edited and contributed writing to two new books in 2019:‘Present Tense’, which comments on current tensions in the fields of art and culture; and ‘NOIT — 5: bodies as in buildings’, made on residency at Flat Time House.

Mario Popham

Photography Lecturer

Mario Popham is a photographer, curator and educator of Japanese and English descent currently based in Manchester, UK. He graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2007 and has since continued to work on personal projects and commissions. His interests lie in man’s paradoxical relationship to the natural environment and how this finds expression within the post-industrial areas of Britain, with particular focus on the northern regions of the country.

His work has been exhibited in the UK and abroad. He is currently developing long-term projects in both the UK and Italy that explore place in the context of industrial legacy, nature and community.

In his role as curator at Waterside, Trafford, he worked towards establishing a dedicated photography program for the Greater Manchester area. The graduate showcase program, First Light, launched as an exhibition at Castlefield New Art Spaces, Warrington in May 2021. 

You can view his work here.

David Digby

Photography Lecturer

David Digby is a part time lecturer on the BA Photography Degree and the Foundation in Art and Design at the University of Bolton.

David worked as a Graphic Designer and Photographer for over 10 years for a small advertising agency completing commissions for FTSE100 and internationally operating companies. He now runs his own photography and design studio since 2006 working for small local and large muti-national companies in the retail and brewing sector. 

David has also completed personal exhibitions gaining Arts Council and Heritage Lottery funding for his 2017 project based around community cohesion which was exhibited around the wider Yorkshire area.

Alan J. Wilkinson

Photography Lecturer

Alan J. Wilkinson is a Manchester born Photographer, educator and activist.

He has worked in traditional educational settings for over 20 years and has previously run photography workshops through The Impressions Gallery, Redeye and The Photography Network, all the while maintaining his own workshop, Blackshed.

Alan exhibits both nationally and internationally, shows include Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool; Manchester City Art Gallery; Lighthouse, Wolverhampton; Dagmar de Pooter Gallery, Antwerp and the 34th salon Chateau de Saint-Ouen, Paris.
Past published works include Driving Blind (Dewi Lewis 2005) and English Candies. (Viewpoint Gallery 1995).

View his work here

Tyrone Anderson

Photography Technician

Tyrone Anderson was born and continues to be based in Bolton. He has been a photographer for over 30 years and a technician at the University of Bolton since 2006 where he studied and gained a BA(Hons) and a MA in Photography. His main interests lie primarily in portraiture and long-term personal projects. His practice uses a combination of analogue and digital processes and his current work employs a hybrid cyanotype process. 

Tyrone is currently completing a Teacher's Training course at The University of Bolton.

View his work here.

Roxana Allison

Photography Technician

Roxana Allison focuses her practice on personal projects and commissions revolving around themes of cultural identity, place and belonging through portraiture and documentary photography. She holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and has taken part in several photo exhibitions predominantly in the United Kingdom. 

She recently completed an MA in Photography at The University of Bolton. Roxana joined the Photography technicians team in January 2015.

View her work here and follow her here.


To view the full course information, entry requirements, how to apply, fees & funding please visit The University of Bolton website here.

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