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Birmingham City University

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success.


Meet the Birmingham City University team involved with Pathways.

Ian Dodds

Course Director Film & Animation and Lecturer at BA Illustration

Ian has worked as a commercial illustrator for over 15 years, attracting work from a host of worldwide clients in areas such as advertising, publishing, design and editorial such as Radio Times, Guardian, Cycling Plus Magazine, The Japan Times, Red Active, Gibson Square Books, The Economist, Institute of Directors, Financial Times, Independent on Sunday to name but a few.

Helen Wheeler

Course Director and Senior Lecturer for BA Illustration at Birmingham City University.

Helen's illustration career had a very commercial start, working as an in-house artist for two major greeting card companies. Her current practice is heavily engaged in narrative, drawing upon real-life experiences and observational humour. She has always been a varied and experimental practitioner; She likes the process of making to feel exciting and spontaneous.

Joel Mercer

Lecturer: illustration

After completing an MA in illustration in 2010, Joel Mercer became a freelance illustrator, taking on a wide range or projects from Children’s books, product packaging to promotional campaigns and motion graphics. He completed his graphic novel in 2012, which was subsequently published by Fanfare Ponent mon, and this led to a position as a lecturer in illustration at Birmingham City University in 2014.