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Paul Marchbank, Dean, Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

Paul Marchbank
BA (Hons), MA

Dean, Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

Role at Solent

Paul is Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies, which offers a wide range of courses in disciplines including broadcasting, music promotion and management, television, film and media production and technology, sound, visual effects, special effects, CGI, animation, game development and art, computing, cyber security, computer networking, information technologies, web development and acoustic technologies, law, travel and tourism, and marketing and communications.

The Faculty is greatly enhanced by its unprecedented links with the media industries, and regularly works with leading companies, such as the BBC, and on high profile projects including Glastonbury Festival and Camp Bestival.

The Faculty has also developed a number of unique enterprise units, such as Solent Productions for film and television, consultancy Solent Acoustics, music enterprise Solent Music and the specialist post-production film and television editing group Solent Post, as well as the University's own television platform Solent TV.


Paul has worked in both higher and further education, and has taught all levels from adult basic education to master's degree level in a career spanning over 25 years.

Paul joined Solent University (then known as Southampton Institute) in 1996 and has taught on most units across media, cultural studies, communication, English and history. His teaching specialisms have been in both theory and practice – most notably in psychoanalysis, cultural theory and creative writing (particularly screenwriting).

Paul’s research interests fall mainly within literature, cultural history and representations of masculinity, predominantly within the period 1870-1930, focusing in particular on the First World War.

External bodies

  • Academic standards committee, Fareham College.
  • Link tutor (history), New College of the Humanities, London.
  • Porgramme management group, New College of the Humanities, London.
  • Chair: Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group, Southampton.

Committee membership

  • Academic Board.
  • Management Board.
  • Management Information and Technology Committee.
  • Website Steering Group.