Phillip Drummond studied at Saint John’s College, University of Oxford as an undergraduate and postgraduate student. He held an Open Scholarship in Modern Studies (English and French), won prizes for English at College and University levels, and founded the university’s largest arts society, the 2,000-member New Cinema Club of Oxford.
He went on to become one of the pioneers of UK Film and Media Studies in the 1970s whilst teaching at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) and chairing major initiatives at regional, national and international levels.
He joined the Institute of Education, University of London, in 1979 to found the University of London’s first MA degree in Film and Television Studies – and only the country’s second – which he went on to run for nearly two decades.
Since 2000 he has been active in US Film, Media and Cultural Studies in London, teaching as an Adjunct for NYUL, the USC Annenberg School, the University of California, and the University of North Carolina and acting as the local Academic Advisor, on behalf of ACCENT International, on the creation of the University of California London Programme.
He is also the Director of Academic Conferences London Ltd, a new micro-company which has been responsible since 2011 for pioneering annual international conferences on London, Britain, and global Film and Media under the overall rubric THE LONDON SYMPOSIUM