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Matt Walsh appointed as new Head of School

22 February 2021

Students standing outside JOMEC smiling

Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture has welcomed Matt Walsh as its new Head of School.

Before joining Cardiff University Mr Walsh spent six years at the University of Northampton where he was head of the department of journalism, media and performance studies.

Prior to moving into higher education, he worked as a journalist and executive producer in broadcast and digital media for more than 20 years at leading titles such as ITN, the BBC and the Times and has been an accreditation inspector for the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) since 2016.

His interest in digital political communication has led to his primary research focus on how politicians use social media and the impact it is having on political journalism.

Speaking about his plans for the School, Mr Walsh said: "The coronavirus pandemic has again demonstrated the vital importance of accurate and trustworthy journalism. I am deeply honoured to be starting as head of a school that not only produces world class research examining the role of the media in our culture, but also trains to the highest standards the next generation of reporters.

“I look forward to working closely with colleagues, students, our alumni community and our partners to continue to progress and share our knowledge through our research and teaching practice.”

Matt Walsh Head of School

“This has been a hugely stressful time for students and I’m grateful to all our staff for their herculean efforts to provide teaching and support. The education and welfare of our student cohort will continue to be my priority whilst we navigate the next phase of the pandemic.”

Mr Walsh succeeds Professor Stuart Allan who held the post for five years.