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Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

Overview of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

Research in this unit is largely focused around three broad and overlapping strengths: media industries; cultural studies; language and writing. These groupings are flexible and dynamic, encouraging the emergence of new individual and collaborative activity and interests. A commitment to socially engaged research and the enhancement of professional practices in the creative, cultural and education sectors guides research in this unit, which is conducted through the development of interdisciplinary, practice-led and problem-based forms of enquiry. This work is carried out principally by researchers under the leadership of Professor Carole-Anne Upton, Dean of the School of Media and Performing Arts.

REF 2014 results highlights

  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management at Middlesex achieved a top 20 power ranking (18th) in the sector
  • 80% of our environment was judged as internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 80% of our impact was judged as very considerable (3 star)
  • Top half of the London power rankings, ahead of Royal Holloway, Brunel, Roehampton, London Business School and the University of West London.

This unit of research is dedicated to a high-quality research within an international context. The research profile of the unit is matched by an established reputation for teaching and its diverse portfolio of degree programmes in media at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and includes a successful and growing doctoral student community.

The Unit of Assessment case studies are: 

Language, linguistics and literature at school: course content, teaching practice and student choice

Researchers in this field have made significant contributions to curriculum development at school. Dr Billy Clark, Reader in English Language and Linguistics in the School of Media and Performing Arts, has led work on language, linguistics and literature in particular, which is the focus of this case study. This case study focuses on the impacts of this research in three different areas: on the development of Key Stage 5 curricula; on the practice of Key Stage 5 teachers; on the choices and interests of students.  
Interventions through publications, workshops, committee membership and consultancy have helped to shape developments for many years. This research is playing an important role in the development of new AS and A level English specifications.

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Politics and policy: facilitating engagement and influencing debate

Cultural studies at Middlesex have often exemplified the New Left tradition that played an important role in founding the discipline. It sees cultural research as part of a broad continuum informing and shaping political debate, policymaking and civic education. 

Facilitated by a series of epublications, public events and other activities, many associated with the journal Soundings, and working with organisations such as the Guardian, Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and the Labour Party, this research has had a demonstrable impact on issues of intergenerational politics, ethical consumption and the role of identity in new political formations. Download this case study as a PDF

Funded by NESTA, the programme influences the way educators and employers engage with young people in workplaces that are likely to include increasing telepresence, collaborative work, flattened hierarchies and international mobility.

Exhibitions around Europe showcase work by artists, scientists, designers and architects who explore the relationship between the body, technology and virtual spaces, while forums examine impact and ethics. The research is transmitted to students and young professionals through workshops and mentoring, while social networking provides platforms for international groups. The project is also concerned with special topics like women and technology, and alternative identities for cultural groups.

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