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

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

New Deal for Higher Education

MeCCSA one of 49 professional academic associations to join in call for “new deal for higher education.” As UK higher education institutions reportedly fall in the global rankings, forty-nine professional associations representing diverse academic research fields and thousands of UK-based academics wrote on 16 June 2020 to Education Ministers in the UK and devolved governments …Continue Reading

Response submitted by MeCCSA to the Pearce review of the TEF

This is the response by the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) to the Independent Review of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) launched on 18 January 2019 (Review of TEF: terms of reference). The response was prepared by the MeCCSA ADSC sub-committee and agreed by the executive, and should be read in …Continue Reading

MeCCSA response to political interference in Australia’s research grant process

On the 13th of November 2018, the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), issued a statement expressing its deep concern about political interference in the independence of Australia’s research grant process. Recent discussion in the Australian Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee revealed that 11 humanities and creative arts projects recommended for funding …Continue Reading

MeCCSA statement on USS pension dispute between UCU and UUK

As an association representing the interest of university students, teachers, and researchers in our field, we wish to express our strong support for those of our members currently taking strike action in opposition to proposed changes in their pension arrangements. The health and diversity of our field are already unduly dependent on the goodwill and …Continue Reading

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