Mr Ian Bolt, former Senior Teaching Fellow and Director of Television Production Training in the Institute of Communications Studies, died on 3 January 2011.
Ian was educated at Tenby County Grammar School in South Wales between 1960 and 1964. On leaving school, he became a student apprentice at Hinchley Engineering who released him to continue his studies at Portsmouth College of Technology and Southampton College of Advanced Technology, from where he graduated with a Full Technological Certificate in Electronic Engineering. In the final year of his studies, Ian majored on the topic of TV Studios and Recording, a subject which was to play a huge influence on his future career path.
For over two decades Ian enjoyed a highly successful career with Yorkshire Television where he produced and directed such programmes as Stars on Sunday, Pop Quest, Through the Keyhole, The James Whale Radio Show and The Book Tower for which, in 1979, he won jointly a BAFTA.
Ian changed career path in 1999 by becoming a Lecturer at Leeds College of Technology and, at the same time, teaching Multimedia Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University. He joined the University in 2001 as Senior Teaching Fellow and the Director of Television Production Training in the Institute of Communications Studies. Ian brought to the role, a wealth of practical, technical and theoretical knowledge from his earlier career in the TV industry. Although he was only at the University for a relatively short period of his career – Ian left in 2007 – he will be remembered with affection, particularly by the students whom he supervised and whose careers he nurtured.
Ian is survived by his wife, Janet and, from a previous marriage, daughters Penny and Claire, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.