MeCCSA letter regarding HOD and DHOD at Goldsmiths

The MeCCSA Executive Committee has written a letter to express our concern about the action taken to suspend Professor Des Freedman and Dr Gholam Khiabany, the Head of Department and Deputy Head of Department respectively for Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London. We encourage everyone to read the context and if …Continue Reading

Joint MeCCSA & BAFTSS letter regarding film studies at QMUL

The MeCCSA and BAFTSS executive committees have written a joint letter to express our alarm and dismay of the possibility being considered by Queen Mary University of London to end recruitment to its very highly regarded Film Studies programme, and thereby to threaten the future of the Department and that of the staff and students …Continue Reading

REF2021 overview panels published

The REF2021 panel overview reports have now been published, which provide a more detailed and reflective overview of the research performance in each area. MeCCSA has published a press release in response to these overview reports. In this we welcome the results as demonstrating the extremely high quality and social importance of research by our …Continue Reading

MeCCSA response to REF2021 overview panel reports

University research in media, communications and cultural studies has been shown to be of outstanding quality, “amongst the best in the world”, according to the recently published results of the Research Excellence Framework undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies.  MeCCSA (the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association), the national subject association for …Continue Reading

MeCCSA statement on cuts to Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

As an association representing the interests of university students, teachers, and researchers in media, communication, cultural studies and associated fields, we are deeply concerned about recent announcements of closures and cuts in these areas. These follow substantial cuts in funding for arts, humanities, and social sciences subjects arising from the Government’s imposition in 2021 of …Continue Reading

MeCCSA response to Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson MP

The MeCCSA Executive Committee has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson MP, in response to reported comments he made in the House of Commons about the perceived value of degree qualifications in our field. MeCCSA’s letter points out the strong employment record for graduates and the economic importance of the cultural, …Continue Reading

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