Staff Team

Tim Gundry
Programme Leader


Tim Gundry, Programme Leader

Prior to working in education and photography, Tim had a long career in the commercial sector and creative industries. He worked in marketing, branding and advertising on both client and agency side, and before becoming a freelance photographer in 2000, was a director of a Brighton-based design agency.

Tim graduated with a 1st class, BA (Hons) Photomedia and Design Communication from Plymouth College of Art in 2005 and gained a distinction in the Professional Qualifying Exam for the British Institute of Professional Photography. After obtaining a PGCE from the University of Plymouth in 2006, Tim joined the staff team in 2006 as a lecturer in Photography and Digital Imaging, and in 2013 was appointed as programme leader for Undergraduate Photography.  In 2016 he was awarded the Association of Photographers Tutor of the Year award. In 2017 he completed an MA in photography at the college.

Tim’s photographic practice is concerned with using photography to explore the social and cultural histories of the South West and how these become inscribed on the landscape. His work has been published and exhibited nationally in the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ awards, and in 2009 was featured in the ‘What Haunts You?’ exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London.

Tim’s research interests are concerned with pedagogic practice. He is an active member of the Association for Photography in Higher Education and is currently working on a Pedagogic research project involving the curation of academic texts to improve student engagement with critical and contextual studies.

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Jane Prior
Lecturer & Year 1 Tutor


Jane Prior, Lecturer and Year 1 Tutor

Jane studied Professional Media at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, graduating in 1999. She obtained a PGCE with The University of Plymouth in 2004. Jane has been teaching photography for over 13 years. She started her career in Further Education, working across courses such as ‘A’ Levels, Foundation, Access to HE & National Diploma. She now works exclusively on the BA (Hons) Commercial Photography Programme at Plymouth College of Art.

Prior to teaching she started her photographic career in food photography in London, with clients such as, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Birdseye & Pizza Hut. Jane relocated to the South West where her freelance practice began to specialise in wedding and portrait photography. She currently balances lecturing, her commercial practice, as a social and wedding photographer and family life.

Jane see’s herself as a mother, photographer and a lecturer. She loves the dynamics and rapid pace of a wedding, the chaos and laughter of a family shoot and the pastoral care, challenge and development found in teaching.

In September 2016 Jane started studying an MA in Photography. This opportunity has cultivated a new drive and direction within her work, exploring elements of the family, beginning to examine and document responsibilities of a daughter and a mother, whilst also comprehending her position of matriarch within a modern family unit.

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Gem Pope
Lecturer & Year 2 Tutor


Gem Pope, Lecturer and Year 2 Tutor

Gem Pope graduated with a first class (Hons) Degree BA in Photography, Film & Imaging from Napier University, Edinburgh, before relocating to London to begin her commercial career. After several years of assisting a variety of world renowned commercial photographers, working with clients such as Vogue, Q & Nokia, Gem formed her own freelance career based within the music & television industries both in the UK and in LA. Her clients have included Rock Sound magazine, Ninja Tune, Polydor & Mercury records as well as ITV.

Leaving the London lifestyle behind to start her family, Gem relocated to North Devon where she began associate lecturing at both Plymouth & Bath Spa universities. Two years ago she began teaching at Plymouth College of Art where she enjoys pushing her student’s creativity to the maximum, whilst sustaining her own commercial practice.

Gem is currently undertaking a body of research which is concerned with the evolution and relevancy of the photographic assistant within the twenty-first century digital landscape. She spends her remaining spare time writing young adult fiction and deconstructing both photographic and cinematic narratives.

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Nic Sullivan
Technician & Technical Demonstrator


Nic Sullivan, Programme Technician

Nic graduated from University of East London in 2008, having undertaken a degree in BA (Hons) Photography gaining industry skills working in the fields of advertising and editorial, while pursuing his own personal work of landscapes. He then went on to work as a studio assistant in Barnsley working on multiple projects, in particular a book project which documented the clothing and weaponry used during World War II by the U.S Marines.

Following this busy period, he decided to move away from working within the industry and studio environment to move back home to Oxford and use his skillset to help others and became a photography technician at a FE college supporting students looking to develop their own chosen careers within the photographic field. During this time Nic also undertook his PGCE and later started lecturing and eventually taking over the running and delivery of the extended diploma programme.
Nic has also followed his interest in travelling having spent 18 months travelling South East Asia and 12 months traveling throughout Oceania, working on his own photographic practice.

Most recently he has embarked on studying for his Masters in Photography at Plymouth University with a focus of working with portraiture and the land, from which he is due to graduate from in 2018.