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Neil Percival

Principal Lecturer/Teaching Fellow

Department: Arts

Neil Percival began his media career in 1992 as a production trainee with Newcastle-based independent TV production company, filmNOVA. In 1995 he went freelance as a writer/director, before specialising in broadcast documentaries in 1998, when he moved to the South West. Four years later he moved to London working as a freelance self-shooting producer/director for some of the UK's biggest factual TV producers. He created and ran Media Industries North East (MINE), formerly the North East Telly Net, a networking group for professionals working in the TV industry in the North East and also created an online community for freelancers in the TV industry. 

In January 2007 he joined the staff of Northumbria University as a full-time Senior Lecturer and subsequently became a Principal Lecturer, with remits since that time including student wellbeing and experience, and partnership development. In his current role, he works to enhance the student experience across the faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences. His research interests have led to publication on the subject of entry level experiences of workers in the film and TV industry, especially related to attitudes to unpaid work.


  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL October 11 2007
  • English Literature BA (Hons) September 01 1988
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2013

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Gendered reasons for leaving a career in the UK TV industry, Percival, N. 1 Apr 2020, In: Media, Culture and Society
  • Get Up, Stand Up? Theorizing Mobilization in Creative Work, Percival, N., Lee, D. 6 Nov 2020, In: Television and New Media
  • Embedding organisational standards in 2016-17, Percival, N. 30 Nov 2016
  • Entry level workers' disconnection from the collective memory of TV and film professionals in the UK: insight from survey data into experiences, attitudes and resistance to unpaid work, Percival, N. 12 Nov 2016
  • Profession, passion, or play? Attitudes to unpaid work in the film and TV industries, Percival, N. 12 May 2016
  • Scholarship, or just social media? Creating an online community to support academics in the use of student group work, Percival, N. 27 Mar 2015
  • Scholarship, or just social media? Creating an online community to support student engagement and development through group work, Percival, N. 20 May 2015
  • Unpaid work in the UK television and film industries: Resistance and changing attitudes, Percival, N., Hesmondhalgh, D. Apr 2014, In: European Journal of Communication
  • Survey of attitudes to unpaid work in the film and TV industries, Percival, N. 15 Feb 2013
  • TV versus low-budget film: same laws, different ethics, Percival, N. 7 Jul 2011

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