For the last 24 years, Gary's career has been devoted to journalism, university teaching, PR, copywriting, professional training and, in more recent times, academic research.
Following the completion of a business degree at the University of Bath in 1986, Gary was a corporate software sales executive for six years. In 1992, he became a freelance journalist specialising in the technology industry.
Over the next decade, Gary wrote for publications including the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, IT Week, and many others. He also branched out into PR and provided consultancy and copywriting services for technology companies including ARM Holdings, EMC and Sun Microsystems.
In 2001, Gary began working at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. Over the next eight years, he taught a variety of practical and contextual subjects to international post-graduate students. He also supervised numerous dissertations and became the deputy course co-ordinator on the international MA programme.
He took a mid-career break in 2008 and travelled to SE Asia by train and ship Gary lived in Taiwan for five months, wrote for the Guardian and the Taipei Times and appeared on BBC radio. On his return to the UK - again by train and ship - he taught journalism at the Universities of Glamorgan and Bedfordshire and provided professional training for the National Union of Journalists, ITV Wales and S4C.
In September 2009, Gary started a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London. In September 2011, he began a two-year contract as course leader for the BA Journalism at Buckinghamshire New University. In September 2013, Gary joined the University of Gloucestershire as senior lecturer and was course leader for the MA Journalism.
In May 2015, Gary submitted his PhD thesis and passed his viva - without corrections - three months later. In October 2015, Gary returned to freelancing and now has a portfolio career that includes journalism, copywriting, professional training and research.
2013 to 2015
senior lecturer in journalism and course leader
University of Gloucestershire
2011 to 2013
senior lecturer in journalism and course leader Buckinghamshire New University
Goldsmiths, University of London
2008 to 2011
freelance travel journalist and
2001 to 2008
professional tutor, MA international journalism Cardiff University
1992 to 2003
freelance business journalist, PR,
copywriter and web designer
1987 to 1992
corporate software sales executive
various US companies
completed BSc in Business Administration, University of Bath
Gary James Merrill
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