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Communication, Culture and Media Studies Research (UoA34)

Communication, Culture and Media Studies Research (UoA34)

Media, Culture, Heritage (MCH) at Newcastle is based in the School of Arts and Cultures.

A unique multi-disciplinary environment for world-class research

The subject group was established in 2016. It brought together the expertise of colleagues in the:

  • Media and Cultural Studies Department
  • International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies

We formed a unique, multi-disciplinary environment for world-class Communication, Cultural, and Media Studies, Library, and Information Management research and teaching.

We provide a dynamic and vibrant working environment, returning 37 colleagues in REF2021. We include 88 PGR students and seven full-time, research-only colleagues.

Research themes

Our Communication, Cultural, and Media Studies, Library, and Information Management research activities are predominantly organised around four research themes:

  • media and culture
  • heritage
  • film
  • journalism and public relations

Our mission

We look at how the past and present are mediated through a range of:

  • technologies (such as print, film, digital)
  • practices, including:
    • everyday cultural practices
    • media consumption and production
    • journalism
    • public relations
    • museum management and curatorship

Understanding the challenges of the present

Research in MCH is key to understanding the political, economic, and cultural challenges of the present. Topics being researched in MCH include:

  • the rise of fake news
  • misrepresentation of the past on social and digital media
  • contested politics of memory in monuments and museum
  • issues of diversity across a range of practices and media technologies

Working to analyse and engage with these phenomena, MCH research strives to produce a more just, equitable, and fair world.

Unique and world-renowned facilities 

Our work is highly interdisciplinary. The subject group benefits from unique and world-renowned facilities, such as Culture Lab. This is a dedicated space for film production. We enjoy close collaboration with regional cultural institutions such as Great North Museum.

Leading scholars

Our colleagues are leading scholars in their respective fields. They produce path-breaking work in a variety of media and contexts, creating:

  • discipline-leading monographs, such as Chambers’ 'Cultural Ideals of Home: The Social Dynamics of Domestic Space’ (Routledge 2020)
  • multi award-winning films, such as Jayaraman’s 'Run Kalyani’ (2019)

Newcastle University Centre of Research Excellence for Heritage

Our ground-breaking Communication, Cultural, and Media Studies, Library, and Information Management research has resulted in staff establishing and leading the Centre for Heritage. It's a Newcastle University Centre of Research Excellence.

Major funding awards for research

MCH received more than £2.76 million in external funding in the period 2014–2020. This came from a wide range of funders, including the European Commission, AHRC, ESRC, and EPSRC.

Major funded projects include: 

Partnerships with organisations

Our partners outside the University include:

  • Equal Arts
  • The Money Advice Service
  • Citizens Advice

We have worked with them to bring major societal, economic, and cultural benefits. These include:

  • cultural property protection in international armed conflict
  • improving the lives of older people in care homes
  • national debt advice training

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We're committed to the University’s declaration of research principles. Our commitment to diversity and inclusivity is clear. The School of Arts and Cultures’ successfully applied for an Athena SWAN bronze award. 

The University is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme. It seeks to address issues around equality and diversity.

Members of staff in MCH lead the Newcastle Rainbow network. It's a space promoting the inclusion of people of diverse genders, sexualities, and relationships.

Members of MCH are involved in NU Women and chair NU Women Professors’ Network. They also offer mentoring and development for all staff. There are initiatives aimed at early career researchers and those on fixed-term contracts.

Research case studies

Find out more

To find out more, see the MCH research webpages.