There is nothing more central to this world than the people in it. Without them it has no meaning.

Dr Lesley-Ann Dickson is Associate Head of the Division of Media, Communication and Performing Arts at Queen Margaret University. She has worked across the arts and culture sectors as an arts administrator, book publisher, marketer and creative entrepreneur. Her research interests are primarily focused on cultural exhibition, reception and participation, with a special interest in cinema and film festivals. Her view is that knowledge is always rooted in collaboration. Her work regularly connects industry and academia through knowledge exchange, consultancy, collaborative projects, industry-informed curriculum design in order to produce work that has both intellectual value and industry usefulness.