43519297380 7166128f68 k

Our People

Steve Bancroft


Steve is a part-time lecturer on our UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Photography) at Arts University Plymouth’s pre-degree campus.

Prior to teaching – after finishing up a Photomedia degree in 2002 – Steve landed a job at a publishing house who were creating market leading extreme sports magazines. He cut his teeth in the advertising department designing copy for clients before nudging his way onto the editorial team as a staff photographer on the internationally best selling Ride BMX Magazine. He spent a good few years in that role shooting and writing over 1000 pages of bicycle related content from across the world.

A stint as assistant editor gleaned Steve valuable experience in photo editing and commissioning content from creatives, and it wasn’t long before he was elevated to the editor’s chair. He spent the next 4 years leading an international team of contributors in conveying his vision of BMX culture to the magazine’s 40,000 strong monthly readership.

In 2010 Steve and three colleagues took the ultimate leap in publishing and started their own independent magazine: The Albion. The project ran for 18 coveted issues before being mothballed early in 2014. Having enjoyed the challenge of nurturing upcoming photographic talent while working in industry he made the logical move into teaching.

Steve teaches for three days a week on UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Photography) and spends the rest of his time studying on the Masters course in-house at Arts University Plymouth. His MA studies are focused on exploring the ancient art of tintype photography and investigating the virtues of craftsmanship.

Similar Profiles

Vice-Chancellor Paul Fieldsend-Danks Arts University Plymouth
Professor Paul Fieldsend-Danks
Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive, Professor of Fine Art
Paul Fieldsend-Danks is Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive at Arts University Plymouth.
Stephen Felmingham
Professor Stephen Felmingham
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Dr Robin Kirby 2021
Dr Robin Kirby
Registrar & Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Dr Robin Kirby is Registrar & Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Arts University Plymouth
Stephanie Owens
Stephanie Owens
Dean of Arts, Design and Media
Dean of Arts, Design and Media at Arts University Plymouth, Stephanie Owens is an interdisciplinary artist, creative researcher, and curator interested in the influence of digital networks on contemporary aesthetics and the production of subjectivity.
Rich Watson
Richard Watson
Chief Operating Officer
Richard Watson is Chief Operating Officer at Arts University Plymouth.
Lucy leake film 15070165237 83dba79e93 z
Lucy Leake
Assistant Dean
Mel Brown new
Mel Brown
Assistant Dean
Tim Gundry Subject Leader for BA Hons Commercial Photography at Plymouth College of Art
Tim Gundry
Assistant Dean (Student Experience) & Staff Governor