Jane Pugh

Job title
Associate Lecturer, English & Writing
01326 254330 Ext: 4330

Jane Pugh has worked in film, television and theatre since 1986, writing, producing and production managing short films for Channel 4, BBC2 and ITV network. Her films have won a total of seven awards including an Oscar for Best Student Foreign Film. She worked for BBC Northern Ireland Drama Development scouting new talent and ideas for single dramas, series and serials. She also script edited and wrote on long running drama series for the BBC and ITV network.

Jane continues to write film scripts and has had several short films commissioned including 'Summer Spent' which was part of Channel 4's Cinema Extreme programme and she co-wrote the children's television programme 'Get Well Soon'. Jane produces online and site-specific material for clients such as the Real Ideas Organisation and National Trust. She writes for theatre, having had three plays produced with a fourth on its way, and acts as a dramaturge for Wildworks Theatre. She is an experienced theatre and performance programmer and ran Cornwall's rural touring scheme from 2001-07.

Jane started working at Falmouth University in 2004. She is an experienced workshop leader and is part of the Story Republic scheme, offering mentoring to young writers across Cornwall. She has taught at Newport Film School, Southampton University and the National Film and TV School. In 2008, she helped devise the world's first fully online masters in writing, here at Falmouth University.

As a board member she helped relaunch the Cornwall Film Festival in 2003, and served on the board of the Works, Cornwall's dance and drama development agency. She is represented by Nicky Lund at David Higham Associates.


YearQualificationAwarding body
Graduate of the National Film and Television School

Membership of external committees

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Risk Taking Writing - exploring alternative pathways to generate ideas for film and television drama
  • Narrative structure and the hero's journey
  • Using drama and writing within a community context

Research centre and group affiliations

Pedare: Centre for Pedagogic Arts-based Research

Research topics

Risk Taking Writing


Areas of teaching

Narrative Structure
Television Production
Creative Events Management

Courses taught

Screenwriting, MA Professional Writing
Screenwriting, BA(Hons) English with Creative Writing
Introduction to Narrative Structure, MA Professional Writing

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Jane Pugh is an active volunteer for the Cornwall Film Festival and was instrumental in its relaunch in 2003. Jane works for The Story Republic, an initiative that mentors and coaches writers aged 11 to 19. Jane works as dramaturge for Wildworks Theatre Company and volunteers for Miracle Theatre Company, Arts Council England strategic organisations. She also has an ongoing working relationship with Arts for Health. Between 2010 and 2012, she co-managed FEAST, the funding and development agency working with artists on a community engagement creative projects. She ran Carn to Cove, Cornwall's Rural Touring Scheme, from 2001-07, securing Regularly Funded Organisation status with Arts Council England. She worked as a mentor for Creative Skills during 2008, specialising in performing arts and writing. She has also worked as a writer and project manager for the Real Ideas Organisation and Cornwall Arts Marketing. Responsibilities included research into the economic and social value of participatory arts, rural touring schemes and the role of the volunteer within rural settings.

Business engagement

Consultancy and facility services

Working with the Academy for Innovation & Research, delivered narrative structure techniques and training with a business marketing and development context.

Professional engagement