The Cultural, Communication and Media research group aims to undertake excellent quality research in the conceptual, applied and practice-based aspects of cultural, film and media studies and traditional and new digital media. CCM research has been established formally at the University of Salford since 2005. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, a quarter of CCM research was judged to be world leading, with almost two thirds judged as internationally excellent or world leading. On a research power ranking CCM at Salford is ranked 21st in the UK.
Two contrasting examples of current externally funded research projects are:
This prestigious award is currently held by CCM Reader in Cultural Studies, Dr Michael Goddard. As part of the project, Michael is undertaking a three year collaborative research project with researchers from UNISINOS, Brazil on Cites, Creative Industries and Popular Music Scenes. The project includes research exchange visits by the collaborators between Salford and UNISINOS. A recent output from the project was a panel on ‘Popular Music Scenes as Urban Creative Industries: Transcultural Perspectives’ presented at the 2015 Challenging Media Landscapes Conference, MediacityUK, 16 November.
Project duration: March 2014-March 2017
Project value: £60,000
Project website: http://www.poamusicscenes.com.br/
Seamus Simpson (CCM’s Professor of Media Policy) has recently begun a three year ESRC funded research project on civil society participation in Internet governance. This is a collaborative project with Alison Harcourt (Project PI, Politics, University of Exeter) and George Christou (Project Co-I, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick). The project asks, does civil society participation in self-regulatory fora promote public interest goals in internet governance at the international level? The project will lift the lid on internet governance at the international level with detailed insight into a world which, although highly technical, very much affects the way in which citizens live and work on a daily basis. This project innovates, as it will analyse participation of civil society groups in self-regulatory technical fora with no formal state involvement
Project Duration: September 2015-September 2018
Funder: Economic and Social Research Council
Project Value: £470,000
Project website: http://internetpolicystreams.com
The CCM research group is interested in receiving high quality proposals for MPhil and doctoral research projects addressing the conceptual, applied and practice-based aspects of culture, film, media and communications, in their traditional and/or new forms. See our latest PhD studentship opportunities
Some of our recently supervised and current research degree topics are as follows:
We invite expressions of interest and applications, in the Media and Communications and Cultural Studies Pathways, for PhD studentships (full and part-time) as part of the AHRC’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership studentship competition.
The studentship covers all PhD fees, provides an annual stipend for the duration of your study (£14,296 for the coming academic year for full-time students), and access to additional funding for field research and further training.
Deadline for Expression of Interest: Monday 12 December 2016.
The University of Salford is a member of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWC DTP), which includes non-HE institutions such as the BBC, Home/Cornerhouse, Tate Liverpool, Opera North, FutureEverything, and FACT (Liverpool). In 2014, the Partnership was awarded £14 million of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development.
The School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford has an international reputation for cutting edge research, both theoretical and practice-based. The Cultural, Communication and Media research group at Salford undertakes research in the conceptual, applied and practice-based aspects of cultural, film and media studies and traditional and new digital media. CCM research has been established formally at the University of Salford since 2005. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, a quarter of CCM research was judged to be world leading, with almost two thirds judged as internationally excellent or world leading. On a research power ranking CCM at Salford is ranked 21st in the UK.
Our media and cultural studies research environment is based at the heart of MediaCityUK, allowing for unique access to - and engagement with - media institutions like the BBC and ITV, reinforced by a rich programme of research events with both an industry and academic focus.
NWC PhD students will be invited to work with our non-HE partners, so as to engage in research, placements and internships. We particularly welcome applications that seek to engage with our non-HEI partners in research / industry / showcase / training capacities (see http://www.nwcdtp.ac.uk).
Areas of expertise of our academic staff include: Film practice; Film history and theory; Media policy; Journalism studies; Celebrity studies; Media theory; Digital culture; Social media; Radical and alternative media; Internet regulation and governance; Television studies; Media politics; Transnational media; Urban cultures; Creative industries; noise; Celebrity studies; Cultural studies; Popular culture; Popular music and media; Cultural theory.
Notable Salford media academics include: Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, Carole O’Reilly, Sharon Coen, Paula Blair, Martin Flanagan, Garry Crawford, Andy Willis, Lloyd Peters, Steve Ward, Anthony Smith, Richard Hewett and Seamus Simpson.
Prospective applicants who are interested in applying and eligible for funding should submit a draft PhD proposal by Mon 12 December, 2016. Please send this directly to Prof Seamus Simpson (email@example.com) and to PGR-SupportSAM@salford.ac.uk
We would expect you to have a very good first degree, and a completed or current MA, or equivalent professional experience.
Following that, it will be necessary to complete a formal application for PhD study at the University of Salford by 20 January, 2017, which is available here:
and ultimately an application to the Northwest Consortium before 5PM, on 10 February 2017.
For further information, please see the NWC DTP site: http://www.nwcdtp.ac.uk/
If you have further queries about the research specialisms in media or cultural studies in the School of Arts and Media, and the potential for working with our non-HE partners, please contact Prof Seamus Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have any questions regarding the formal application procedure please contact PGR-SupportSAM@salford.ac.uk