Beccy Collings

Beccy Collings


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Personal profile


Beccy Collings joined the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities in 2014.  She holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia (‘Shedding Light on Dark Comedy: an examination of humour and aesthetics in British Dark Comedy television’), a BA (hons) in History and an MA in Media, Culture and Identity from Roehampton University, and a PGCE (Post-compulsory Education and Training).

Since 2005 she has worked variously in Further and Higher Education as a Lecturer at Truro College (Classical Civilisation and History), Associate Tutor for University of Plymouth Colleges (Foundation Degree History, Heritage and Archaeology), and Associate Tutor for the University of East Anglia (School of Film, Television and Media Studies).

Key Research Interests

Beccy’s main research areas focus around television and film aesthetics, comedy, and celebrity studies, and she is particularly interested in the use and representation of the human body and physicality in film, television, and celebrity culture (especially within television comedy, professional wrestling, and the Adult Film industry).

Her PhD research examined how dark comedies on British television borrow (and subvert) the aesthetics of genres associated with graphic portrayals of human physicality and pathologised behaviour, deriving humour from displays of the fragile integrity of the human body and mind.

Teaching Interests

Within the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, Beccy teaches on the modules ‘Humanities: the Key Concepts I’ and ‘Humanities: the Key Concepts II’.  She is also the Teaching Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities.

Her past teaching at UEA has included the undergraduate modules ‘Humanities: Techniques and Methods’, ‘Cultural and Creative Industries’ and ‘Introduction to Visual Cultures’ (Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities), ‘Interrogating Culture’ and ‘Analysing Film and Television’ (School of Film, Television and Media Studies).

Her past module organising and teaching at Foundation Degree level includes modules on ‘Study Skills’, ‘The Cornish Mining Industry: History or Heritage?’, ‘An Introduction to the Development of Heritage in Britain’, ‘Industry and Society in Britain 1750-1900’, and Final Major Project supervision (University of Plymouth Colleges, FdA History, Heritage and Archaelogy).

Beccy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Administrative Posts

Beccy is currently the Teaching Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities.  She has previously held the roles of Course Director for the Humanities Foundation Year programmes, Deputy Plagiarism Officer for the Foundation Year, and Peer Assisted Learning Officer in the School of Film, Television and Media.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being