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Manchester Metropolitan University

“The Pathways partnership offers us the opportunity for Manchester Metropolitan University to play a part in making visible a host of new and diverse voices, inspiring others and enabling illustrators authors and publishers to reach out and find their audience.”



Meet the Manchester Metropolitan University team involved with Pathways.

Ian Whadcock

Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Illustration with Animation and MA/MFA Illustration

Ian has been a full time senior lecturer at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University since 2015. He is currently engaged across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Illustration and animation, including supervision of MFA and more recently PhD candidates. He also has responsibility for developing postgraduate links and leads the final year of the BA programme, including coordination of the annual New Designers show in London. Previous to this he worked in industry for a range of clients as a freelance illustrator for 25 years working internationally across design, publishing and advertising. This work was recognised by a series of awards from the Association of Illustrators.

Ian McCullough

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation

Ian was born in Belfast and studied in Manchester (then the Polytechnic). From graduation he worked as a freelance illustrator and gradually he was asked to teach here and there for the odd day. This eventually led to him being asked to run the first year of the new BA (hons) Illustration in Bristol in 1991 and subsequently becoming the Programme Leader. He joined the School of Art in Manchester in 2005. He still takes on occasional freelance jobs, if the schedule permits, and has regularly exhibited in the Royal Ulster Academy. He is interested in the use of drawing systems and the depiction of time in images. His favourite author is Flann O’Brien.