Quality of Research
Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
|Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (O66)||16.50||4||3||2||1||UC|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
|Communication, Cultural and Media Studies|
|Institution||Research Fortnight Research Power|
|Goldsmiths College, University of London||1.00|
|Nottingham Trent University||0.92|
|University of Westminster||0.85|
|University of the West of England, Bristol||0.72|
|University of Sussex||0.68|
|Leeds Metropolitan University||0.65|
|Royal Holloway, University of London||0.64|
|University of Leeds||0.60|
|University of Ulster||0.59|
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The Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is a pioneering force in journalism education and a world renowned centre for cutting edge, inter-disciplinary research in its fields.
The School attracts major research awards from the main funding councils (e.g. the ESRC and AHRC), industry (e.g. the BBC and Channel 4), charities (e.g. Amnesty International) and government.
It has a strong research infrastructure and benefits from a state-of-the-art digital media monitoring facility. This is complemented by comprehensive archives of contemporary news reporting and historical media archives including the Richard Stott Daily Mirror Papers and the Cudlipp Collection.
Major research areas in the School include: Journalism Studies; Mediatized Conflict; Race, Representation & Cultural Identity; and Risk, Science & Health Reporting. These research groupings are supplemented by additional expertise in fields such as Children and the Media, Audience/Fan studies and Feminism.
Postgraduate student researching a new case.
The School contributes to evolving UK policies in a wide range of areas (e.g. devolution, science communication, and industry and journalism practice). It also contributes to international debates about media and culture. Staff are involved in research collaborations in countries including Australia, India, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Palestine and Kosovo.
Research regularly informs evidence-based best practice with studies impacting on, for example, the BBC reorganisation, industry discussions about embedded reporters and debates about media coverage during the Hutton enquiry and the recreation of S4C as a bilingual channel. Dr Daniel Meadows’ digital storytelling initiative, which won a BAFTA Cymru Award, was spotlighted by the BBC in the run-up to Charter renewal as evidence of the Corporation’s cultural activities.
Five international journals are edited or co-edited from the school and staff are regularly interviewed by media in the UK and internationally, as well as contributing to the media directly.
Postgraduate Researchers at the School benefit from a tailored programme of support and supervision, specialist training in the principles and practice of media research and reading social and cultural theory, a programme of weekly research seminars and opportunities for training in university teaching and lecturing. The School offers a number of research studentships each year for outstanding applicants.