Tom Scott

Job title
Senior Lecturer
01326 370481 Ext: 1481

Tom studied english at Keble College Oxford before taking an MA in African Studies at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS). He spent much of his twenties living and working abroad, firstly as a volunteer teacher in Lesotho (southern Africa) and then as a university lecturer in English as a Foreign Language in Nagoya, Japan. On returning to England he worked as a freelance lecturer, copywriter and editor in London, where he designed and taught a variety of courses in language and cross-cultural studies for institutions including the British Council and SOAS.

In 2001 Tom moved with his family to Cornwall. Since then he’s worked as a freelance copywriter and editor as well as teaching on the MA Professional Writing at Falmouth. As a copywriter, his clients in the past few years have included major banks, global corporations and government agencies as well as locally based companies and not-for-profit organisations. He’s also worked on innovative e-learning projects for Sony Corporation and the UK Basic Skills Agency, and written for newspapers including the Financial Times.

Tom is also a poet and a member of the national writers’ association 26. In 2011 he initiated and co-produced 26 Flavours of Cornwall, a touring exhibition that paired writers with designers and artists to create a series of surprising and beautiful responses to Cornish foods and drinks. He is currently Poet in Residence at Trebah Garden and a member of Falmouth Poetry Group. In 2014 he worked with Falmouth Poetry Group to organise the first Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival, which brought a number of major national and international poets to read and run workshops in Cornwall.


YearQualificationAwarding body
MA African Studies
London University School of Oriental & Afircan Studies
MA English Language & Literature
Oxford University
BA English Language & Literature
Oxford University

Membership of external committees

Falmouth Poetry Group
Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival

Research interests

Research topics

Creative Collaboration
Nature & Environment
Professional Writing
Writing for Business


Areas of teaching

Copywriting for Businesses & Organisations
Professional Writing
Research for Writers

Courses taught

MA Professional Writing

CPD delivered

I have delivered short courses in publicity writing, report writing and writing for the web for a number of Cornwall-based organisations. I have also organized a series of summer schools in professional writing at Falmouth University.

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Falmouth Poetry Group: Vice-Chair
Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival: Committee Member

Business engagement

Business engagement case studies

I worked closely with the national writers organization 26 and the Cornwall Design Forum to develop and produce 26 Flavours of Cornwall, an exhibition of writing and design celebrating Cornish food and drink that toured in the summer of 2011. This project also involved working closely with a wide range of Cornwall-based food producers who sponsored the show including Roddas, Lynher Dairies, Camel Valley Vineyard and Skinners.

I have run short courses in writing for business for a number of Cornwall-based organisations, including Unlocking Cornish Potential, Cornwall Enterprise and Bewnans Kernow.

As a copywriter and editor, I worked for several years with Cornwall Enterprise on branding and inward investment campaigns for Cornwall, as well as on various economic development policy documents. 

Professional engagement