Three-D Issue 35: Augar and after

John DowneyLoughborough University Gavin Williamson has become a figure of fun as Secretary of State for Education. He is probably the most incompetent Cabinet minister in a government not known, quite frankly, for being able to govern. He is already the comeback kid having served in even higher office. His meteoric rise through the ranks …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 35: ‘Slashing taxpayer subsidy’

Einar ThorsenBournemouth University Boris Johnson has made a habit in the past year of failing to mention Higher Education during his many announcements to alter course in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Specific guidance for Universities would trickle out in the days following policy changes, requiring staff and students to jump through hurdles at short …Continue Reading

Results of Executive Committee election 2021

The outcome of the 2021 Executive Committee election was reported at the Annual General Meeting on 6th January. The following were elected to the Executive Committee for two years from January 2021:   Anita Biressi, University of RoehamptonKaren Boyle, University of StrathclydeRinella Cere, Sheffield Hallam UniversityPeter Golding, Northumbria UniversityRobert Porter, Ulster UniversityRuth Sanz Sabido, Canterbury Christ …Continue Reading

Annual General Meeting 2021

The MeCCSA Annual General Meeting takes place online on Wednesday, 6th January at 4pm. You can access papers for the AGM via Dropbox. The AGM is for registered members of MeCCSA. To register please click this link: Note that the registration only asks for name, institution and email, after which the Zoom link will be …Continue Reading

MeCCSA response to OfS Consultation on regulating quality and standards in higher education

MeCCSA prepared and submitted a response to the consultation from the Office for Students (Ofstud) on ‘regulating quality and standards in higher education’.  The response questioned the emphasis in the consultation paper on using salary levels and managerial and professional employment figures as proxy indicators of the value of HE programmes, and pointed out the irrelevance …Continue Reading

MeCCSA response to Review of the UK Social Science PhD

MeCCSA responded to the ESRC’s comprehensive examination of the UK social science PhD. In brief the purpose of the review was: The focus is on the capabilities needed by social science graduates to ensure their contribution to research and their global competitiveness, and the optimum ways to develop them. The findings of this review will …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 34

Three-D, issue 34 (PDF, 2.9 Mb) In this issue:1 Redefining the ‘new normal’ before it sets (Einar Thorsen) Black Lives Matter2 Race, racism and resistance (Deborah Gabriel)4 Decolonising the curriculum is not enough (Lindiwe Dovey) Covid-19: higher education5 Digital learning and teaching: reflections on identity and efficacy (Doug Specht)6 Public Health Emergencies (Melanie Brown)7 Returning …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 34: Postgraduate Network

Bissie AndersonUniversity of Stirling Networking Knowledge has one regular, two conference, and three COVID19-related special issues currently in the works: Bangor University MeCCSA PGN Conference 2019 issue – in production, and due at the end of the summer 2020. A regular issue of 6-8 articles – at copyediting stage, to be published in Autumn 2020. #TogetherApart …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 34: Radio Studies Network

Janieann McCrackenUniversity of Stirling Brighton seems a long time ago now and a very different place! In our network meeting there we welcomed new members to our steering committee bringing a variety of different research interests. These were Jerry Padfield (Doctoral Student at The University of Falmouth), and Dario Llinares (Principal Lecturer in the School …Continue Reading

Three-D Issue 34: Local and Community Media Network

Rachel MatthewsCoventry University It is now just over a year since the Local and Community Media Network was inaugurated at a meeting at Canterbury Christ Church University. Our committee structure was confirmed at our AGM at MeCCSA 2020 in Brighton. We also hosted our first panel on the theme of ‘Interrogating the ‘community’ in local …Continue Reading

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