Mr Pritpal Sembi

Acting Head of School

Pritpal Sembi New
Email address: Phone number: 01902 322603 Location: MK Building Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Media Areas of expertise: Film Studies


Pritpal is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and is working on his thesis for his Educational Doctorate. As the Film Studies placement co-ordinator he has secured student placements with BBC Birmingham as well as several other local media producers. His interest in Blended Learning means that he often uses innovative teaching methods to encourage learning outside of class contact time. He is a published author, delivers papers at external conferences and has several articles under consideration for publication. He developed the first dedicated taught undergraduate module on the concept of ‘Third Cinema’, a traditionally under-explored area, as well as a timely Masters Degree module on ‘Iranian Cinema’.

Research interests

  • Cluster for Research in Cultures and Humanities (RiCH),
  • Technology Supported Learning in practice,
  • Placement learning pedagogy,
  • Bollywood Cinema,
  • World Cinema.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Higher Education Academy (forthcoming).


  • BA (Hons) History of Art & Design with Media & Communication Studies (University of Wolverhampton),
  • MA in Film & Television Studies (University of Warwick),
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (University of Wolverhampton),
  • EdDoc Educational Inquiry (University of Wolverhampton, forthcoming).


  • Sembi, Pritpal Singh (2012) ‘Is it acceptable to remotely supervise placement students electronically via their eportfolio reflective learning blogs?’ in Poot, Alison (2012) Making the Case: More effective practice with PebblePad. Telford: Pebble Learning, pp120-123,
  • Sembi, Pritpal Singh (2012) ‘Review of Education and Technology: Key Issues and Debates by Neil Selwyn’ in Media Education Research Journal, (3)1, pp104-106,
  • Sembi, Pritpal Singh (2012) 'Implementing change: an autobiographical case study of introducing a technology innovation within a West Midlands HEI' in Journal of Further and Higher Education, 36(1), February 2012, 109-125,
  • Sembi, Pritpal Singh (2010) ‘Film Studies Project Guide’ (Internal, University of Wolverhampton),
  • Sembi, Pritpal Singh (2010) ‘Film Studies Placement Guide’ (Internal, University of Wolverhampton).

Experience in industry

Teaching is his favourite part of the job and he has been doing this since 2000. He absolutely loves introducing students to new ideas, concepts and films through screenings and lectures (especially via World Cinema). He believes it is important to put student needs first and loves to watch them grow into confident graduates ready to take on the world – which is why he is passionate about securing accredited student work placements for students who wish to gain exciting industry experience. His most rewarding experiences are when students tell him that they ‘will never look at film the same way again’ and when they take the time to tell him how much they enjoyed a particular teaching session. It also gives him a real buzz when he hears from former students that their final year placement led them to a career path they never thought possible.

His teaching responsibilities include:

  • Level 4 Film Textual Analysis,
  • Level 5 Bollywood Cinema,
  • Level 5 New Hollywood,
  • Level 6 African & Iranian Cinema,
  • Level 6 Student Placements,
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Thesis Supervision.


  • ‘Academic Staff Perceptions of I.T. in the Humanities’  delivered to ‘HEA Storyville: exploring narrative of learning and teaching’, University of Brighton c/o Thistle Hotel, Brighton, 30th May 2013,
  • Conference Paper ‘How might Humanities lecturers’ personal & professional experiences influence good practice within institutional educational technology policy?’ delivered to ‘New Research in SLSSC: Fifth Annual Staff Research Conference’, University of Wolverhampton, Light House Media Centre, 1st July 2013,
  • ‘Transmigration of the Soul in James Cameron’s Avatar’  - Fourth Annual Film Philosophy Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, 6-8th July 2011,
  • ‘To what extent can e-assessment methodology encourage reflective practice in placement students?’  - Third Assessment in Higher Education Conference, University of Cumbria, 6th July 2011,
  • ‘Is it good practice to supervise placement students remotely via electronic means?’ - New research in the School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications (2nd annual staff conference), University of Wolverhampton, 2nd July 2010.

Further information

  • Former researcher at BBC Birmingham,
  • Former features writer for BBC web site,
  • Former freelance media professional at various independent media organisations.


Consultant for AHRC Research Project ‘Digital Transformations: Reading Games as Authorless Literature, February to July 2012. Conference dissemination September 2012 to January 2013. Details available at: <>.

Favourite Links

  • Invaluable reference database for everything related to film,
  • Similar to the above, but with a more academic focus and essential for students,
  • Some really good programs in the archive here,
  • Needs little introduction. A superb moving image resource.