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Dr Umran Ali
Dr Umran Ali
postal addressMediaCityUK, Salford, Greater Manchester, UK, M5 2HE.
email addressU.Ali@salford.ac.uk
telephone0161 295 6094
website addresshttp://www.salford.ac.uk/arts-media/arts-media-academics/umran-ali
Key Memberships
Member of School: School of Arts & Media
From July 2006 to present.
Profile Summary

I have worked as 3D artist & creative designer, across Art & Design, 3D, CGI and Animation, before joining the School of Media, Music & Performance  at the University of Salford as a lecturer in creative media, teaching across a variety of areas from design, production, & project management for video games, specifically around creative design and production of virtual environments.

From 2006 to 2011 I acted as Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Computer & Video Games at the University and was responsible for curriculum design, programme management and developing the programme's partnerships with a variety of major industry partners. Many of my students since, have gone on to work in the creative industries including the videogame industry.

From 2011 to 2013 I worked as Director oF Creative Media, overseeing the directorates' move to our new MediaCity UK campus.

My freelance work included several large projects ranging from PlastiCity; a Will Alsop driven project visualising the regeneration of Bradford city centre in a fully interactive form, the Virtual Jean Claude virtual knowledge space project recreating the French composer Jean Claude Risset, into a 3D avatar for 'virtual lecturing', to working on projects in partnership with UK based organisations such as the DarkHorse organisation, BT and the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT).

I currently works as a senior lecturer in creative media, and continue to explore virtual natural environment design through my teaching and research, maintaining a deep interest in the meaning, impact, and design of natural spaces, in particular around video games.

In my spare time, I am a keen videogames player, and landscape photographer

Key Qualifications
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Key Presence
Conference Organisation
2012
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Conference Presentations
2013
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Consultancy Roles
2012
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External Examiner Duties
2016
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2015
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Honours and Awards
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Memberships of External Bodies
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Other Evidence of External Esteem
2004
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