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Associate Professor of Film and Television School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University

Alistair Scott is Associate Professor Film and Television. He was Subject Group Leader for Photography, Film & Television 2009-2016. In 2015 he also took the role of Director of Screen Academy Scotland, the Creative Skillset Film Academy, which is a partnership between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art.

He has been teaching in higher education since 2005 following a career working in film and television. After graduating from the University of St Andrews, with MA (Hons) in Modern History, he worked in the field of community arts as a documentary film-maker. After full-time post-graduate training at the National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield, he spent over 25 years working as a director and producer for the BBC, Channel 4 and Scottish Television. He joined Edinburgh Napier University as a Visiting Lecturer in 2005, acting as an industry consultant for the original bid to establish the Screen Academy. From 2006-9 he was Lecturer in Screen Media at the University of the West of Scotland.

Observing Women at Work - Franki Raffles, curated by Jenny Brownrigg, The Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, 4 March-27 April, 2017. Produced in partnership with The Franki Raffles Archive Research Project, Edinburgh Napier University.

Franki Raffles - selected by Alistair Scott, part of the 1st St Andrews Photography Festival, August-Sept 2016.

Scott, Alistair, 'Re-discovering feminist photographer Franki Raffles' in Studies in Photography, Summer 2017, Edinburgh, Scottish Society for the History of Photography pp 58-62.
Scott, Alistair, 'Re-examining the aims and contexts of Raffles' photographic practice', in Brownrigg, J. & Scott, A. (2017) Observing Women at Work - Franki Raffles, Glasgow, GSA pp 15-21.
Scott, Alistair, 'Representing Scottish communities on screen, chapter' in Malik, S., Chapain,C., & Comunian, R. (Eds) (2017) Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Practices and Places, London, Routledge, pp 60-75.
Scott, Alistair and Manderson, David (2011) Local Hero, written and directed by Bill Forsyth Glasgow, Association of Scottish Literary Studies.
Scott, Alistair (2009) What’s the Point of Film School, or, What did Beaconsfield Studios do for the Scottish Film industry Chapter in Murray et al. (2009) Scottish Cinema Now, Newcastle upon Tyne Cambridge Scholars Publishing pp 206-221.

Professional Practice: selected credits
Raploch Stories - Where are they now ? (60 mins BBC 18 September 2017), Raploch Revisited (60 mins BBC 2007), The Road to Melbourne (25 mins BBC 2005), Disaster at the Pit (30 mins BBC 1 Scotland 2002), Raploch Stories (6 x 30 mins BBC1 Scotland 2002), Postcards from Sighthill (25 mins Scottish TV This Scotland 2001), Dispatches – CCTV (52 mins Channel 4 2000), Execution at Camp 21 (52 mins Channel 4 Secret History series and The History Channel 1999), The Ring of Truth (30 mins film drama Channel 4 1996) Edinburgh International Film Festival, Children under Fire (30 mins Channel 4 1993), Lockerbie Requiem (60 mins ITV 1991), Supperman (52 mins STV 1991), NB (Scottish TV 1989-92), Leithers (52 mins Channel 4 People to People series 1987), Two Painters Amazed (45 mins Arena series BBC 2 1986), Getting in on the Action (30 mins NFTS 1982 Award for Best Documentary Celtic Film & TV Festival).


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Film and Television School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University