New School of Media, Communication and Sociology announced

Posted by pt91 at Sep 12, 2016 09:41 AM |
Department of Media and Communication and Department of Sociology have become a single School headed by Professor Helen Wood

As part of our transformation programme to help deliver our strategic plan, the University has restructured a number of academic units within the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities into new Schools.

We have already announced our new School of Business and our new School of History, Politics and International Relations. Now our Department of Media and Communication and Department of Sociology have also become a single School, headed by Professor Helen Wood.

The merger will capitalize on the important intellectual legacies of 50 years of research and teaching in both disciplines in order to deliver world-leading excellence across all of its activities. Whilst the departments already collaborate on some programmes, the merger intends to deliver extra key resources to new areas of development that will benefit both staff and students.

Professor Helen Wood said: ‘This merger presents an exciting opportunity to establish a shared intellectual agenda committed to tackling ‘real world’ problems. The key elements of the school can continue to pursue their academic integrity whilst we can forge inter-disciplinary synergies to create a cutting-edge research and teaching environment.’

Professor Jason Hughes: ‘The School of Media Communication and Sociology harnesses the strengths of two highly influential and formative departments in their respective fields. The combined school provides a range of new and genuinely exciting possibilities for collaborative endeavor in relation to teaching, research and enterprise. Our ambition is to develop a school which builds upon our considerable reputational capital whilst developing a distinctive identity based around a shared intellectual purpose’.

Professor Julie Coleman, Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, added: “This new School brings together two units that both have an illustrious legacy and a strategic vision for the future. Students studying across what were once two separate units will begin to see some immediate benefits in a more joined-up student experience, and during the transitional year staff will be sharing best practice and streamlining activities to ensure that excellence in teaching remains compatible with both excellence in research and a healthy work-life balance. I have no doubt that the new School will provide a stimulating and exciting environment for students and staff alike.”

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