2nd February 2000




A documentary programme maker from New Zealand has taken over as head of the popular Media Production Department at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


Barbara Cairns (54) came to the UK in 1997 from the Auckland Institute of Technology, where she was academic programme leader, head of television and one of the prime movers behind New Zealand's first degree in Communication.


She was born in London but educated in New Zealand, where she read for an MA in English and achieved postgraduate qualifications in Broadcast Communication, Film Studies and Teaching.


She was head of English at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School in Auckland (1977-1984) before becoming a documentary programme maker in 1986, winning international awards for programmes on tranquilliser addiction (‘Valium Daze: Halcion Nights’) and on the Maori writer Patricia Grace (‘Ruia Taitea’).


She has also written two books on film and television: ‘Shortland Street’, an academic text on the New Zealand soap opera of the same name, and ‘Shadows on the Wall’, which won the New Zealand Library Association's Medal for Best Non-Fiction

Book for Young People in 1995.


Last year she came to the Lincoln campus of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside as senior lecturer in Video Production and is now pleased to be taking over at the helm of the Department of Media Production.


“I’m delighted to be in the job and very grateful for the support I’ve had so far from the staff,” she said.


“I’m looking forward to making an important contribution in this very challenging role. The department has tremendous potential, and being a part of trying to realise that potential is going to be very exciting.”


For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042