Welcome to MeCCSA

Welcome to MeCCSA, the subject association that represents all who teach or research in Higher Education in media, communications and cultural studies, whether in arts, humanities or social sciences departments. This includes practice-based work as well as more ‘academic’ disciplines.

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MeCCSA letter on BBC Charter Review

BBC Charter Review Public Consultation DocumentThe Government is currently consulting about its Green Paper on the BBC Charter Review. This Charter Review signals the most serious challenge to the purposes and funding of the BBC in a generation. Whatever your views on the future funding, scope and purpose of the BBC, as teachers and researchers in the field we encourage you to make sure your concerns are heard. The Consultation ends on 8th October 2015.

We will be submitting a letter, addressed to John Whittingdale, along with the MeCCSA response to the consultation. We would like as many signatories as possible – please consider adding yours.

The letter was published in the Independent on Saturday 1st August 2015, with the original signatories.

BBC Charter Review Letter in the Independent

Call for Papers: MeCCSA 2016 Conference

6-8 January 2016
Canterbury Christ Church University

Theme: Communities
Deadline for proposals: 8 September 2015

We are pleased to invite you to submit abstracts, panel proposals and posters for the next Annual MeCCSA Conference, to be held 6-8 January 2016 at the School of Media, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University.

The theme of the MeCCSA 2016 is ‘Communities’. We invite papers and panel proposals that address this theme, examining how we might advance thinking on for example: communities in the digital age; communities and the commons; communities and cultures; communities on the margins; local and community media; politics and policies of communities; community engagement and cohesion; inclusion and exclusion in communities; communities and the past; media, cultural and communication practices of different types of communities.


Three-D Issue 24

MeCCSA-ThreeD-20-Thumb-ShadThree-D, issue 24 (PDF, 4.4 Mb) - Latest

In this issue:
2015 Election special: debates and media policy (Einar Thorsen)

UK Election 2015
2 Make media ownership an issue for the election (and beyond) (Des Freedman)
3 Manifesto for Media reform (Jonathan hardy & Des Freedman)
5 Press regulation beyond the election (Steven Barnett)
7 Media policy in Wales (Jamie Medhurst)
8 Still life in the old attack dogs yet? (Dominic Wring)
9 Stunts, gaffes and horse races (Karin Wahl-Jorgensen)
10 Women and election coverage (Heather Savigny)
11 All to Play for? (Ivor gaber)
12 Media coverage, TV debates and minor parties (Stephen Cushion & Gordon Neil ramsay)
14 The uninvited guests of TV debates (Morgane Kimmich)
15 The debate about the debate about the debates (Stephen Coleman)

MeCCSA Annual Conferences
16 MeCCSA 2015: Generations (Rosie White, Karen Ross and James Leggott)
17 Funding, publications… and a thick skin (Ruth Sanz Sabido)
20 Oh, that sounds straight forward (Karen Boyle)
22 Reflections on the changing nature and circumstances of academic labour (Bob Franklin)

Reports and initiatives
27 Chair’s report (Natalie Fenton)
28 REF Results
29 Disability Studies Network (Carrie Hodges)
30 News from the network
31 Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Network (Rinella Cere)
31 Women’s Media Studies Network (Milly Williamson)
32 Shared Solidarities: the interaction of parties, unions and social movements (Rinella Cere)
33 Networking Knowledge (Simon Dawes)


MeCCSA report on impact of HE policy


This report presents evidence and provides analysis of the consequences of changes to government policy and funding structures in higher education in the UK[1], in the fields of semedia, communications and cultural studies. The removal of the block teaching grant for subjects in arts, humanities and social sciences, along with the implementation of undergraduate student fees of up to £9,000 in 2012/13, and the announcement that recruitment caps on student numbers will be lifted from 2015/16 have had significant consequences for the way higher education is conceptualized, organized and delivered across the UK. Despite changes to the funding system, the fields of media, communication and cultural studies remain popular with students: on the whole, student numbers remain high in these subject areas and the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) revealed excellence of research in the majority of institutions.


What’s happening with Media and Film Studies GCSE and GCE ‘A’ level?

By Pete Fraser (Chair, Media Education Association)

The changes to the curriculum at GCSE and A level have largely gone under the radar for teachers in higher education. Indeed teachers in schools and colleges are often surprised to discover what’s been happening! For all of us, the future of Media and Film Studies is potentially at stake, so it is important that everyone is made aware of both what is happening and what we might be able to do about it. In this article, I shall outline the context for these changes and describe the precarious position in which Film and Media Studies find themselves.


Statement of Research Ethics Guidelines

In view of the wide diversity of disciplinary orientation, methodological approach, and conceptual foundation of research in our field, MeCCSA does not publish a detailed code of research practice. Instead MeCCSA has published a statement that outlines a broad set of principles and links to a range of research practice guidelines from various associations, which we believe may be of value in the conduct of members’ research.

You can read more about the background to this initiative in Peter Golding’s article in Three-D Issue 15 [PDF], and also in Martin Barker’s article in Three-D Issue 10 [PDF].

MeCCSA supports Media Reform initiative

At the recent AGM at the University of Bedfordshire, 12th January 2012, the following resolution was passed:

This AGM supports the initiative of the Coordinating Committee for Media Reform in its submission to Leveson, and further public forums, as a proper and fruitful stimulus to well-informed debate.


Brochure: Media programmes at university

Studying Media, Film and Communication at University: choosing the right course for you (PDF, 268k) updated!

Here is the latest version of the MeCCSA leaflet for schools and colleges aimed at prospective university students of media, film, and communication studies. All institutional members will be receiving copies of the leaflet, and you are of course free to download further copies for your own use. We hope that you will find it helpful. You can also find more detailed information here, in the FAQs.


MeCCSA on JISCmail

MeCCSA and its Networks operate discussion and information lists through the JISCmail system. Click the following links for information or to join:

The MeCCSA Radio Studies Network encourages interested colleagues to subscribe to the Radio Studies list, a forum for teachers, researchers and broadcasters active since 1998.

Website contacts

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