Academic Head of Partnerships

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Matthew Andrew

Matthew Andrew is the Academic Head of Partnerships, working with senior members of partnership organisations to develop the quality of academic support at an operational and strategic level alongside managing inter-departmental relationships to ensure high-level effective partnership provision is being undertaken both in the UK and internationally.

Matthew Andrew


Having joined the University in 2019 as a Programme Director, Matthew has an extensive background as both a creative practitioner and an academic, and has worked in various roles within education since 2008.

As well as an academic career, Matthew is an acclaimed photographer, exhibiting internationally. He has a freelance background in commercial fashion and advertising photography, working with brands such as French Connection and Nicole Farhi.

Matthew’s key interests lie at the intersection of creativity, education and the psychology of leadership. Matthew is always driven by collaboration and the growth mindset. He has undertaken courses in leadership and management and is currently making work relating to positive psychology. 

Having completed a PGCE in 2009 he has taught across several disciplines at both FE and HE level. He has experience of a wide range of processes and educational practices including course leading and validation of creative and Arts-based courses.

Matthew graduated in Photography from The Surrey Institute of Art & Design. He then went on to study an MA in Photography at the London College of Communication (LCC), where he won the prestigious Sproxton Photography Award for his work ‘The Rise & The Fall’.

For his degree, Matthew produced the work ‘Tautology’, consisting of two volumes of a photographic book. The design of the book and the work inside engaged with museum culture and the photograph as a document. One book contained images of storage aisles. The second book contained images of library stacks. This project represented the start of his ongoing investigations into ‘the gap between vision and knowledge’ that is a lasting theme in his work.

Matthew’s photography is exhibited internationally and in journals including Photoworks and Dota magazine.

Technically, Matthew’s work spans many genres and mediums including large format hybrid capture and output, contemporary digital capture/ workflow, emerging technologies including 3D scanning, and historical techniques such as wetplate collodion.


  • Current Conflicts – Alternative Spaces of War Conference – Plymouth University – July 2015
  • Through the Looking Glass SLUICE/Brooklyn FireProof – October 2014
  • Current Conflicts – Ruskin Gallery – October-November 2014
  • Making Junctions – Waterfront gallery – August 2014
  • Mimesis – Gallery 101, Kaunas, Lithuania, May 2014
  • Current Conflicts – Space2 Gallery at Watford Museum
  • Current Conflicts – UCS Waterfront Gallery 2012
  • Non Obsolescence – Hereford Photography Festival 2011
  • Aedas Presents – Solo show – Birmingham 2011
  • Introducing THENETWERK® – Ipswich 2009
  • Founded THENETWERK® research group – 2008/9
  • LCC MA Show – London 2005
  • LCC interim Show – London 2005
  • Art in the Street Imaging Festival – Swindon 2004
  • Photo-Debut Launch – Shoreditch 2003


  • New Talent – Marmalade Magazine – Nov. 2006
  • New Talent – DOTA – Dec. 2005
  • ‘Photos, Histories, Absurdities’ – Val Williams, Photoworks Oct. 2005
  • Sproxton Memorial Prize – Winner 2005