Alistair Scott

Alistair Scott

Dr Alistair Scott

Associate Professor


Alistair is Associate Professor Film and Television and Director of the Centre for Media and Culture. He has taken a number of academic leadership roles in the School of Arts and Creative Industries: as Subject Group Leader for Photography, Film & Television 2009-2016; as Director of Screen Academy Scotland, the Creative Skillset Film Academy, ( a partnership between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art) 2015-19.

Alistair has been working in higher education since 2005 following a career 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 Screen Academy Scotland. 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, 'STV at Sixty' in the International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen Studies Vol 11(1), 2018,Edinburgh, QMU, pp 29-50
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
  • 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.
  • Representative on the Creative Skillset Media Academy Network.
  • RTS (Royal Television Society) Scotland Branch Committee member.
  • Committee Member, Scottish Media and Communication Association.


Conference Activity

  • Developing research projects based on prior experience as a practitioner
  • Representing Scottish Communities on screen: how today's practice has evolved
  • Observing Women at Work: Franki Raffles
  • Is Local TV in Scotland different ?
  • Film Bang – tracking the ‘community of practice of personnel and production companies in Scotland’s film and television sector 1976-2016
  • Scottish communities on television, ‘Becoming Scotland’ Conference, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, September 2014
  • Nurturing talent for the Scottish film industry, 1st Global Congress on Scottish Literatures, University of Glasgow, July 2014
  • Representing Scottish working class communities on screen
  • Housing Stories: continuity and innovation for the television documentary
  • Documentary – still the cornerstone of the film-making community in Scotland
  • From Lilybank to Unthank: the television documentary and the Scottish housing scheme
  • Local Hero Revisited
  • Channel 4 – the view from Scotland
  • Shieldinch or Raploch, Community Lives – Fact and Fiction on television



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


Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


Grant Reviewer

  • UKRI Assessor Innovate UK


Invited Speaker

  • Ways to develop previous practitioner experience for research
  • Franki and Anna Raffles's Soviet Diaries Summer 1988
  • Establishing the Franki Raffles Research Archive


Membership of Professional Body

  • RTS (Royal Television Society) Scotland Branch Vice-Chair


Non-executive Directorship

  • Screen Education Edinburgh - Board Member


Public/Community Engagement

  • Screening of 'Leithers' (60 mins) Channel 4
  • Franki Raffles and Jo Spence, Public Talk at Stills Gallery


Research Degree External Examining

  • External Examiner MPhil University of St Andrews



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STV At 60

Journal Article
Scott, A. (2018)
STV At 60. International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen, 11(1), 29-50
This article traces the history of Scottish Television (STV) since it was first established as the independent television channel serving central Scotland in 1957 by charting ...

Observing Women at Work - Franki Raffles

Presentation / Conference
Scott, A., & Brownrigg, J. (2017, November)
Observing Women at Work - Franki Raffles. Paper presented at Fast Forward: Women in Photography
Paper reflecting on the photographs of Franki Raffles (1955-94) from her two project 'To Let You Understand...' (1988) and 'Soviet Women Workers' (1989) shown in the exhibitio...

Raploch Stories Where are they Now?

Digital Artefact
Scott, A. (2017)
Raploch Stories Where are they Now?
This is a 60 mins documentary from Handheld Productions for BBC Scotland produced and directed by Alistair Scott and Douglas Campbell. This film is a follow-up to 'Raploch Sto...

Rediscovering feminist photographer Franki Raffles

Journal Article
Scott, A. (2017)
Rediscovering feminist photographer Franki Raffles. Studies in Photography, 58-62
No abstract available.

Representing Scottish Communities on Screen

Book Chapter
Scott, A. (2017)
Representing Scottish Communities on Screen. In S. Malik, C. Chapain, & R. Comunian (Eds.), Community Filmmaking : Diversity, Practices and Places (60-75). Routledge
No abstract available.

Re-examining the aims and context of Raffles' photographic practice

Book Chapter
Scott, A. (2017)
Re-examining the aims and context of Raffles' photographic practice. In Franki Raffles: Observing Women at Work, 15-23
No abstract available.

Franki Raffles at the 1st St Andrews Photography Festival

Exhibition / Performance
Scott, A. Franki Raffles at the 1st St Andrews Photography Festival. 1 August 2016 - 11 September 2016. (Unpublished)

Scott, A. Franki Raffles at the 1st St Andrews Photography Festival. 1 August 2016 - 11 September 2016. (Unpublished
An exhibition of selected images from the Franki Raffles Archive Research project curated by Alistair Scott.

Franki Raffles Archive

Digital Artefact
Scott, A. J. (2016)
Franki Raffles Archive
Franki Raffles (1955-94) was a feminist social documentary photographer. She was based in Edinburgh but travelled widely, photographing women at work and in their everyday l...

Is Local TV in Scotland different?

Presentation / Conference
Scott, A. J. (2015, November)
Is Local TV in Scotland different?. Paper presented at Nations and Regions Conference: Challenging Media Landscapes, Salford, UK

Film Bang – tracking the community of practice of personnel and production companies in Scotland’s film and television sector 1976-2016.

Presentation / Conference
Scott, A. J. (2015, January)
Film Bang – tracking the community of practice of personnel and production companies in Scotland’s film and television sector 1976-2016. Paper presented at MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association) Annual Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

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