Victoria Mc Collum


  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

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Victoria McCollum is from Coleraine (Northern Ireland) and holds a PhD in Cultural & Film Studies; a BA (Hons) in Media Arts; and a PG Cert in Higher Education Practice from Ulster University. She has an MA in Film Practice from Queen’s University (Belfast) and a PG Cert in Global Business Leadership and Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Victoria previously held positions at the BBC and ITV (Northern Ireland), the Irish Film Board (Ireland) and HBO (United States). Before joining Ulster in 2016, she held a position at HBO (Time Warner Inc.), at their headquarters in New York, developing, marketing and promoting HBO's licensed products both within the U.S. and internationally. At HBO, Victoria collaborated on projects with Apple, Cartoon Network, Cinemax, Facebook, New Line Cinema, Sesame Street, Sky Atlantic, Telltale Games, Time Warner, Twitter and Universal Music Group.

Victoria is a Senior Lecturer (in Cinematic Arts) and the Director of Development and External Partnerships in the School of Arts and Humanities at Ulster University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and serves on various boards of representatives from the arts and cultural sector. In 2023, she was elected to Ulster University's Senate.

In 2016, Victoria was awarded the Creativity and Culture prize by Ulster University's Department of Research and Impact for demonstrating exceptional skill in communicating the purpose, meaning and impact of her research. The following year, she was awarded the Civic Impact prize for curating and delivering Derry ~ Londonderry's 1st Mental Health Film Festival in association with Nerve Centre and Oscar-affiliated Foyle Film Festival. In 2018, Victoria was awarded the Early Career Research Excellence Award at Ulster University, and in 2020, she won the Early Career Educator Excellence Award. In 2021, Victoria was awarded a Civic Ambassador Pin for her contribution to educational and community outreach, especially through her collaboration with Manchester United Football Club. In 2022, Victoria won the Excellence Award in Support of Student Ambition and in 2023, she was nominated for PhD Supervisor of the Year. In 2024, Victoria won the Broadcast Education Association (USA) 'Best in Festival' prize for her screen practice. Victoria currently supervises nine doctoral candidates within the School of Arts and Humanities. Recently, she was a Visiting Lecturer at Kadir Has University (Istanbul), College of Charleston (South Carolina) and various institutions across India.

Victoria has published a number of cutting-edge books on Film, Media and TV, including Post-9/11 Heartland Horror: Rural Horror Films in an Era of Urban Terrorism (2016); HBO’s Original Voices: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power (2018); Alternative Media in Contemporary Turkey: Sustainability, Activism and Resistance (2018); Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror and the Politics of Fear (2019); Resist! Protest Media and Popular Culture in the Brexit-Trump Era (2020); Bloody Women! Women Directors of Horror (2022) and Blumhouse: The New House of Horror (2022). She is Co-Investigator on a Higher Education Research Capital (HERC) project that will deliver £536k investment on a new Virtual Production Facility at Ulster. She is also working as a director, producer and researcher on a supernatural heritage project, The Witches of Islandmagee.  

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
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Global Business Leadership and Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University

30 Nov 202015 Nov 2021

Award Date: 30 Nov 2022

Master, PG Certificate in Higher Education Practice

18 Jan 20161 Mar 2018

Award Date: 1 Mar 2018

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy (Film), Ulster University Doctoral College

1 Sept 201112 Jul 2014

Award Date: 1 Sept 2015

Master, Film and Visual Studies (Distinction), Queen's University Belfast

1 Sept 201331 Jul 2014

Award Date: 31 Jul 2014

Bachelor, Media Arts (1st)

1 Sept 200431 Jul 2007

Award Date: 31 Jul 2007

Media Production, TV and Film, Northern Regional College

1 Sept 200231 Jul 2004

Award Date: 31 Jul 2004

External positions

PR, Research & Product Development, HBO, Time Warner

15 Dec 201415 Dec 2015

Audience Agent, BBC Northern Ireland

10 Dec 20109 Nov 2011

Funded Filmmaker, Irish Film Board

19 Sept 200917 Nov 2010

Investigative Researcher, ITV

16 Jun 200722 Sept 2008


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Film Theory
  • Film Practice
  • E151 United States (General)
  • Political Culture
  • Popular Culture
  • GR Folklore
  • Halloween
  • Superstitions
  • Horror


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