Alistair Scott

Alistair Scott

Dr Alistair Scott

Associate Professor


Alistair 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.

Alistair 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).

Research Areas



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Presented evidence on film production in Scotland to a committee of the Scottish Parliament
  • Representative on the Creative Skillset Media Academy Network.
  • RTS (Royal Television Society) Scotland Branch Committee member.
  • Committee Member, Scottish Media and Communication Association.
  • Member of the steering group for the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI) Glasgow Commonwealth Games. This initiative provided work experience placements for students during the Games and with industry-partners in months prior to the main events.



  • How to support successful transition from FE to HE, (A. Scott, E. Alder & D. Maclean) Edinburgh Napier University Staff Conference, Craiglockhart, June 2010


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, MA Video Production and Film Studies, University of West London
  • External Panel Assessor, BA Creative Practice, University of West of Scotland
  • External Panel Member, BA Digital Film, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • External Panel Member, Subject Health Review, Media, Production and Performance, University of the West of Scotland
  • External Panel Chair, BA Media, University of Stirling
  • External Examiner, MA Directing for Film & TV and MA Producing for Film & TV, Bournemouth University
  • External Examiner, MA Documentary Film, Leeds Beckett University


Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


Invited Speaker

  • Representing Scottish working class communities on screen, AHRC Community Film-making and Cultural Diversity conference, British Film Institute, London, January 2014. Reported in Viewfinder On-Line, British Universities Film and Video Council http://bufvc
  • Scottish communities on television, ‘Becoming Scotland’ Conference, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, September 2014
  • Shieldinch or Raploch, Community Lives – Fact and Fiction on television, Off-screen spaces, regionalism and globalised cultures: International Conference for the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, University of Ulster, July 2004
  • Channel 4 – the view from Scotland, British Film Institute Conference Channel 4 @ 25, BFI, London, November 2007
  • Documentary – still the cornerstone of the film-making community in Scotland, AHRC Scottish Consortium for Film and Visual Studies Conference, Dunkeld, March 2012
  • Housing Stories: continuity and innovation for the television documentary, Raymond Williams/John Logie Baird Conference, University of Brighton, September 2013
  • Film Bang – tracking the ‘community of practice of personnel and production companies in Scotland’s film and television sector 1976-2016. Paper delivered to the MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association), Northumbria University January 2015.
  • From Lilybank to Unthank: the television documentary and the Scottish housing scheme, MeccSA Conference, London School of Economics, January 2011
  • Nurturing talent for the Scottish film industry, 1st Global Congress on Scottish Literatures, University of Glasgow, July 2014
  • Is Local TV in Scotland different ? Paper delivered to the Nations and Regions Conference: Challenging Media Landscapes, University of Salford, November 2015.
  • Local Hero Revisited, Scottish Media and Communications Association Conference, Queen Margaret University, October 2009


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