Dr. Carole O'Reilly

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details


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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies


Carole graduated from the National University of Ireland (Cork) with a BA (Hons) in English & Sociology.

After a period as a feature writer on various local and national newspapers and magazines, she undertook a Masters by research in Sociology at Cork, specialising in the history of newspaper ownership in Britain and Ireland. This was supplemented by visiting lecturer positions at Cork Institute of Technology and at NUI (Cork).

On the launch of the Open University in the Irish Republic in 1991, Carole was appointed the first tutor-counsellor in Social Sciences for the Cork region.

In 1993, she moved to Salford to take up the position of Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Salford University. After spending time as programme leader for BA (Hons) Media and Language with Business and BA (Hons) Television & Radio, Carole was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003 and became Head of the Media Division in that year. She served as Associate Head of School (Teaching) for 2 years from 2007 to 2009.

Carole has served many higher education institutions as a consultant (Edge Hill University and University of Essex among them) and has been an external examiner at Liverpool John Moores University, University of East Anglia and the University of Bolton. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Communication, Culture and Media (CCM) research institute at Salford.

She was awarded a PhD in 2009 from the History department of Manchester Metropolitan University, for a thesis examining the influence of local newspaper reporting on the campaign for public parks in Manchester in the early Edwardian period.

Areas of research

Journalism, Urban history, Cultural history


Feature Writing; Journalism Studies; Critical Journalism Studies; War Reporting; Dissertation

PhD supervision x 4 students

Research Interests

  • History of urban journalism
  • Social and cultural history
  • History of leisure and recreation

Qualifications and Memberships


  • 2009: PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University


  • 2003: Fellow, Higher Education Academy