About Us

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The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations (the Centre) was established in 2006 as a means of co-ordinating and supporting the research of academic staff in the areas of media, culture, communication, theatre and performance, much of which has focused on the creative industries in Wales and the wider economic, social and political contexts in which these industries operate.

The Centre supports research projects, organises conference and seminars, publishes its own book series, hosts plays, films and exhibitions, and sponsors postgraduate research. It has established connections with media practitioners across Wales and the UK, as well as academic links with colleagues in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Catalonia, Belgium and New Zealand.

In REF 2014, 65% of the faculty’s research in UoA D35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts (including media and cultural studies) and 75% of research in UoA D34 Art & Design (as part of the joint submission from WIRAD) were rated either internationally excellent (3*) or world-leading (4*).

The Centre is based in the Faculty of Creative Industries, but has members from across the University, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of our work. It works in partnership with the University’s Research Institutes and other research groups and centres.

The launch of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at the Wales Millennium Centre in 2006

Objectives:

The Centre aims to produce research of the highest standards that has relevance both for Wales and other small nations.

Its specific objectives are as follows:

  • To undertake high quality research in media, culture and performance with particular attention to a broad understanding of the creative and cultural industries, which has direct relevance for small nations;
  • To disseminate the results of its research through publications, conferences and public education initiatives;
  • To facilitate and increase dialogue between industry, policy makers, academics and the wider public;
  • To initiate partnership arrangements with other institutions and industry bodies;
  • To recognise and foster applied research that supports entrepreneurial activities in the creative and cultural industries;
  • To develop national, regional and international dialogue and collaborations;
  • To exchange knowledge with other institutions, and with communities, organisations and governments, thereby contributing to an understanding of the distinct identity, or identities, of small nations;
  • To become recognised as a stimulating environment for postgraduate study and acknowledged as a centre of excellence for research into small nations.

Through fulfilling these objectives, Centre plays an important role in helping the University of South Wales to achieve its broader research commitments to: develop our research portfolio in areas of strategic importance; encourage innovation and dissemination of research findings; and work with business and Government to help address the challenges that face society and the economy.