Glyn Middleton

Glyn Middleton

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)113 2837100 ext. 374
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Education/Academic qualification

  • Higher Education Academy


    23 Nov 2016 -
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sheffield

    BA (Hons) English Literature

    1978 - 1981

Professional Qualifications

  • National Council for the Training of Journalists, NCTJ

    21 Dec 1981 -


Glyn joined Leeds Trinity University in 2015, after a long and distinguished career as an award-winning programme-maker for numerous British and international broadcasters. 

After making a series of high-profile international documentaries for ITV in South Africa, Peru, the United States, Sicily, Ireland and the UK, he co-founded True North Productions, which grew into one of the most successful independent production companies in the UK - making documentaries and other factual programmes of a wide range of channels, including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Channel 5, National Geographic, Discovery, the History Channel, MTV and CCTV9 China. It won sixteen Royal Television Society awards between 2003-14 and was partially sold to Sky in 2016.

At True North, Glyn devised, produced, directed and oversaw a wide range of programmes - including observational documentary, current affairs, history and arts - and took personal responsibility for global programme sales. By 2014, more than 200 of its programmes had been screened across the world, from the USA, China and Russia to India, Africa, South America and Europe. He also launched a music publishing company, Pitch Music, with The Firm, a Leeds-based firm of composers.

He now balances work as a freelance Executive Director (most recently for Channel 4 and on Channel 5's RTS award-winning series, Body Donors), a media consultant and a university tutor specialising in factual TV, location filming and documentary-making.

Prior to his TV career, Glyn was a newspaper reporter in Darlington, Bradford, Newcastle and London, where he spent two years working for the Daily Mail. 

Research interests

Glyn is currently developing a range of potential research projects. His primary interests include documentary as a weapon for change, the rise of the feature-length documentary, the rise of musical documentary as a genre and the scope of history in documentary on public service TV.

Teaching and Administration

Since leaving True North, Glyn has carried out occasional teaching at Bradford University, Leeds University, Teesside University, Leeds Beckett University and York St John University.

At Leeds Trinity University, Glyn currently lectures in a variety of programmes (including TV Production, Film and Media) and is module leader in Documentary: Theory & Practice, Advanced Documentary Production, Advanced Documentary for Journalists, Creative Development (Studio & Location), Introduction to TV Research and TV Production Portfolio.   

He is one of the organisers of Leeds Trinity University's Journalism & Media Week and he also serves as Leeds Trinity University's representative on the Connected Campus group (tasked with bringing the region's universities andf media employers closer together).

He is also a Personal and Placement Tutor for a number of Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6 students.

Glyn was awarded the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in November 2016.