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.

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COVID-19 and MeCCSA Annual Conferences in 2021 and 2022

Dear Colleagues, 

It is with great regret to announce that we will not be holding MECCSA 2021 in Aberdeen on the premises of Robert Gordon University in January 2021, as was planned. We have made this difficult decision because of the likely longer term uncertainties and impacts of Covid-19, and the social distancing measures that will probably stay with us in some form for some time to come. Given that our conferences typically attract 200-300 people from all over the UK and beyond, we feel that postponing the conference is the safe and sensible thing to do at this point. 

We will however organise online activities around the time of the conference in January, so there will be opportunities for our networks and members to come together in some way. There will be further announcements about these in due course.

We are also keen not to miss out on the wonders of Aberdeen, thus have decided to hold MeCCSA 2022 at Robert Gordon University in January 2022. This also means that our conference in Falmouth is postponed from January 2022 to January 2023.

We are all very disappointed about not physically meeting up with you in January (and miss out, among other things, on the all-important pub quiz), but hope you understand that the health and safety of our members and community is our highest priority. 

In the meantime, I encourage you to follow our MeCCSA discussion list where you find some exciting opportunities to engage with the work and activities of our networks and members.

Best wishes and Keep safe 

Agnes Gulyas

Chair of MECCSA Association Activities Committee

Three-D Issue 33

Three-D, issue 33 (PDF, 4.6 Mb) – Latest

In this issue:
1 2019 Election Special: policy, media & campaign (Einar Thorsen)

Election 2019: manifestoes
2 It Says Here (Julian McDougall)
4 Manifesto pledges on media reform: what’s in and what’s not (Natalie Fenton)

Election 2019: campaign
7 Weren’t the mainstream media supposed not to matter? (David Deacon, Jackie Goode & David Smith)
9 Is impartiality meaningless? (Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu)
9 Time to rethink campaign coverage (Stephen Cushion)
10 Election 2019: a party political broadcast for the Tories? (Des Freedman)
11 Movement-led policy action in the media: GE2019 the #ElectionRebellion (Abigail Rhodes)

Higher Education
12 Casualisation in HE (Vincent Møystad & Tom Greenwood)

Media reform
13 British film & television’s diversity problem (Shelley Cobb)
13 Launch of BritBox in the UK (Phil Ramsey)

MeCCSA Annual Conferences
14 MeCCSA 2020: University of Brighton (Ewan Kirkland & Julie Doyle)

Reports and Initiatives
15 Chair’s report (Anita Biressi)
18 Local and Community Media Network (Rachel Matthews)
19 Practice Network (Maurizio Cinquegrani & Richard Misek)
20 Climate Change Network (Julie Doyle & Michael Goodman)
20 Social Movements Network (Stuart Price)
21 Women’s Network (Beth Johnson)
22 Postgraduate Network (Emma Kaylee Graves)

Joint statement from BAFTSS and MeCCSA on REF2021 [Updated: response from HEFCE and Panel D Chair]


Recently BAFTSS and MeCCSA agreed the below joint statement in response to concern about the initial decisions by HECFCE regarding REF 2021 that included naming Film and Screen Studies explicitly in sub-panel 33 (Music, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies). This joint statement was sent to Kim Hackett at HEFCE and to Dinah Birch, Chair REF2021 Panel D. They have sent the following response that provides some helpful clarification. We will continue to ensure that these issues are understood and addressed by the relevant sub-panel Chairs and panel members:

We understand the concern raised about a potential effect on submissions caused by including ‘Film and Screen Studies’ in the name of UOA33. The funding bodies’ decision to include this field of research in a UOA name sought to respond to concerns raised about visibility, and the decision of where to locate it was informed by both responses to our consultation and further engagement with the relevant subject bodies. However, the decision to include it in a UOA name is not intended to preclude the submission of film and screen research in another UOA, where this is the most appropriate place for its submission. We will ensure that the published guidance provides clarity on this point, and encourages the submission of film and screen research into the most appropriate UOA. As with the previous panel criteria, this may include explicit reference to film and screen studies in the relevant UOA descriptors. We will work in particular with the sub-panels for UOAs 33 and 34, to ensure clarity is provided on submissions into each of these UOAs, and on the sub-panels’ working methods to ensure a consistent assessment approach.

Kim Hackett, HEFCE
Dinah Birch, Chair, Panel D


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.




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.

To post a message on the list if you are not a subscriber (subject to approval), please get in touch with Elizabeth Poole.

Website contacts

Website content admins are Einar Thorsen and . Each MeCCSA Network and the Annual Conference Chair is responsible for updating their respective pages.

For technical support, please email techsupport@meccsa.org.uk.

For any queries regarding MeCCSA membership, please email the membership secretary, Gillian Mason.

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