We are a top rated institution in the UK for media teaching and research that helps to shape international media, journalism and communication landscapes.
We offer a wide range of courses at various levels with postgraduate degrees that range from industry oriented, practice-based training to more academic degrees. We combine a long-standing record of excellence in teaching and training with an outstanding research portfolio, routinely winning awards from a wide range of bodies.
This reputation was recently recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework where we were ranked 2nd for the quality of our journalism, media and communications research. When compared with 66 other institutions in the UK, 89% of our research was classed as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, with both our research environment and the impact of our research receiving a score of 100%.
Our lectures are delivered by a diverse teaching team of established academics and industry leaders who also regularly contribute expert opinion and commentary about research and topical news events to the national media and the school blog.
We are also fully committed to supporting, developing and promoting equality and diversity in all of our practices and activities. We offer an inclusive culture with a range of support services for students with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Centre for Community Journalism
Here at the School, we are also home to one of the Vice Chancellor's flagship Engagement Projects- the Centre for Community Journalism. The Centre supports the development of community news hubs in Wales while offering advice and guidance for hyper locals in the UK and around the world.
Managed by former BBC social media producer Emma Meese, the Centre offers networking, information and training for hyperlocal and community journalists while supporting new forms of local digital journalism and exploring new, sustainable models for news.
The Centre is also home to the Independent Community News Network (ICNN) – the UK trade body for independent community news publishers. ICNN provides a voice for the sector and works to address the democratic deficit caused by the decline of traditional local journalism. ICNN currently represents over 100 titles, many of which are still in print.
The Centre is in the process of developing a platform to redress the imbalance in the current media food chain. The project is being funded by the Google Digital News Initiative.