Media PhD student is first Leicester Chair of support network

Posted by pt91 at Jul 09, 2014 12:38 PM |
Network for postgraduate researchers in media, communication and cultural studies

A PhD student has become the first from Leicester to be elected Chair of a support network for postgraduates in their subject area.

Yupei Zhao from the Department of Media and Communication will assume the role of 2014-15 Chair of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Postgraduate Network. It aims to bring together postgraduate students in media, communication and cultural studies from different intellectual traditions and cultural backgrounds in order to form research, and teaching and learning networks and also ensure peer support.

The Chair is responsible for the day-to-day running of the network, liaising between the PGN membership, the PGN executive board and the main body of MeCCSA. She will also be responsible for the coordination of MeCCSA PGN events, including the MeCCSA PGN annual conference in July 2015.

Yupei, who was involved in MeCCSA PGN last year as Regional Representative, said: “I do hope to encourage our students who are interested in media, communication and cultural studies from different intellectual traditions and cultural backgrounds to become involved in this network

“I hope it will give postgraduate researchers the opportunity to work in the national landscape of media, communication and cultural studies; provide a national forum where postgraduates can participate in workshops/seminars related to teaching, learning and research; bring together members of the postgraduate community in order to debate contemporary issues in media, communication and cultural studies; and provide a supportive environment where postgraduates can establish valuable contacts for the future.”

Yupei is currently in the third year of her PhD, which focuses on citizen participation in political communication via micro-blogging, and a seminar tutor as well as research assistant. She is also a Chinese Study Research Alliance (ChiSRA) committee member.

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