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:
The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) has been awarded £14 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers.
The NWCDTP brings together the Universities of Salford, Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, MMU, and the RNCM which between them award NWC PhD studentships annually. A full postgraduate award for full-time study provides funds to meet:
The payment of approved fees to the institution
- A maintenance grant
The level of the grant for the current academic year 2017-18 is as follows (the level of the grant for 2018-19 and the following years is subject to confirmation from the AHRC):
The Consortium also provides access to additional funding for field research and further training.The studentships and training initiatives of various kinds, span the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines. As part of the scheme, the AHRC is also funding placement opportunities and additional skills training, working alongside partner organisations including museums, galleries,cultural organisations and businesses. The competition is now open for applications for the 2018/2019 academic year and potential applicants are invited to submit to the University of Salford as follows:
The University of Salford invites expressions of interest from potential candidates to be submitted to Pathway Representatives/potential supervisors by Monday, 11 December 2017.
Salford Pathway Representatives:
Mike Nevell- M.D.Nevell@salford.ac.uk
Scott Thurston - S.Thurston@salford.ac.uk
Carole O’Reilly -firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance, Drama and Performing Arts
Richard Talbot – email@example.com (Pathway Leader)
Scott Thurston - S.Thurston@salford.ac.uk
Christopher Murphy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas Kang-Riou email@example.com
Media and Communication
Leslie McMurtry- L.G.McMurtry@salford.ac.uk
Emma Sutton – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Kilpatrick - email@example.com
Visual Arts: Arts and Design
Emma Sutton - firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply for an award at the University of Salford, candidates must have applied for a place on a PhD programme by Monday 15 January 2018.
Applications to the University of Salford can be made at the following link:
Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 9 February 2018 (5pm) in order to be considered.
Applications to the NWC competition can be made at the following link:
Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the relevant pathway representative and prospective supervisors before submission of a formal application to the University and to the NWC.
For general advice concerning the NWC studentship competition, please contact Emma Sutton at PGR-SupportSAM@salford.ac.uk in the first instance.