UoA 36 Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

A GPA of 3.49 and ranked as 2nd in the UK our world-renowned communication research is recognised internationally as one of our strengths. The significance and impact of our research in shaping the media, journalism and communication landscapes is endorsed by this ranking. We are almost double the sector average for quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 100% of our research has been deemed ‘outstanding’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance. A distinctive feature of this unit is that 100% of our research environment was rated as conducive to producing research of world-leading quality in terms of its vitality and sustainability.

Quality level 4 3 2 1 UC
Overall 61.0% 28.0% 10.0% 1.0% 0.0%
Outputs 40.4% 42.1% 15.7% 1.8% 0.0%
Impact 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
About the REF

Established in the 1970s as a pioneer in journalism education, the Cardiff School of Journalism has 19 researchers and a strong cohort of practice-based staff delivering journalism education.

Major developments since the last RAE include the establishment of a new research group, Digital Media and Society. Our research led us to launch the Centre for Community Journalism combining traditional and action-research with training and community outreach.

Key achievements across the REF period include:

  • securing 27 research awards, at a total of just over £1.2m
  • awarding 32 research doctoral degrees, attracting postgraduates from all over the world 
  • producing 404 publications, increasing our output by 30%
  • successfully completing a number of research awards, including 'What do children want from the BBC?'; the media representation of women in science; news coverage of young black men; and the role of user generated content
  • exploring key research questions further: in post-devolution news coverage and developing work on journalists' safety,  including producing biannual reports used by the International News Safety Institute to inform UNESCO and the UN Security Council.

Our new academic appointments reflect our strategic goals. The Chair of Digital Economy was created in 2010 to support research on digital media and creative industries; four new professors strengthen our School's research leadership; and five new lecturers consolidate existing strengths and develop new areas of research.

Case studies

Medical staff in corridor

Improving end of life decision making

Our research stimulated debate about the treatment of people in vegetative and minimally conscious states.

Broadcasting and behind the scenes

Reflecting post-devolution politics in broadcasting

Our researchers found citizens were being routinely misinformed about major areas of policy.

Centres and groups

Centres/groupsDetails
Journalism StudiesExplores the uses of digital media within a range of social, political and cultural contexts. 
Mediatised ConflictFocuses on issues such as war and global environmental crises.
Race, Representation and Cultural PoliticsExamines issues such as immigration and racism.
Risk, Science, Health and MediaResearches issues such as health communication and scientific/medical controversies.
Digital Media and SocietyFocusing on the potential of, and issues raised by, digital technologies.
Centre for Community JournalismResearches community journalism and offers networking, information and training for hyperlocal and community journalists.

Overall ranking

Pos. Institution GPA
1 London School of Economics & Political Science 3.59
2 Cardiff University 3.49
3 Goldsmiths' College 3.43
4 University of Leicester B 3.40
5 The University of Westminster 3.37
5 University of Wolverhampton 3.37
7 Loughborough University B 3.35
8 King's College London 3.29
9 Royal Holloway College and Bedford New College 3.27
10 University of Leeds 3.26

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