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A full list of acronyms which occur in the H.E. and Art, Design and Media and Communications Sector.


AMPE - The Association of Media Practice Educators   

AMPE was formed in 1998, and is now part of MeCCSA (see below)


APHE - Association of Photographers in HE
The APHE was originally a semi-formal group of programme leaders who met annually to discuss issues emerging for photographic educators. It took its present form when the Association for Photography Degree Courses joined with the HND Photography Group in the mid 1990's.


Big Picture TV - Independent web-based media channel
Big Picture TV broadcasts 'on demand' short videos of over 70 leading thinkers in sustainability issues giving users easy access to the informed opinions of global leaders in a wide variety of fields and disciplines. Over 15 hours of informative video content in 5-10 minute clips are free to stream over a broadband or dial-up connection. Most videos can be downloaded for use in workshops, presentations, meetings, panel discussions and conferences and many are supplemented by full transcripts.

British Film Institute (BFI)

The BFI exists to promote greater understanding and appreciation of, and access to, film and moving image culture in the UK. The BFI Education department provides a growing range of titles to to support the teaching of moving image media in English, Film and media studies.

British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC)

The BUFVC is a representative body which promotes the production, study and use of film and related media in higher education and research.

The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP)
The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice has developed a range of online tools which are now widely used in education and in industry. Their innovative postgraduate courses cater for media professionals and those working in media education. The Centre also aims to influence media education research, through projects, publications and conferences.

MeCCSA - Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association
Represents the field of media, communication studies and cultural studies in UK higher education.The Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association was founded in 1999 when two previous associations in the field came together. MeCCSA's membership is open to all teachers and researchers teaching and researching these subjects in universities and colleges of higher education. AMPE is now part of MeCCSA .

MeCCSA Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA-PGN)
The Postgraduate Network of the Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) is a forum for media & communications postgraduate students studying in United Kingdom universities to network, share research, and generally make the lives of postgraduates easier. It has members from institutions all over the U.K. and the last network event took place at Cardiff University in September 2005.  

Moving Image Research Registry

The Moving Image Research Registry provides a searchable database about moving image research projects undertaken in UK universities and colleges.

NAHEMI- National Association for HE in the Moving Image
NAHEMI was established in 1963 to represent all courses that offer a major practical study in film, video, animation and television. The Association's main aims are to act as a forum for debates on all aspects of film, video, animation and TV education, to foster links with Industry, the professions and Government bodies and to promote the members' creative work by offering student prizes and innovative exhibition, distribution or scholarship projects. NAHEMI maintains active links with the international film schools around the world. It supports the "Journal of Media Practice", which is free to members.

RSN - Radio Studies Network

The Radio Studies Network became a MeCCSA Network in January 2010.
It was originally founded in December 1998 by lecturers and researchers
to encourage sustained, lively and critical study and research in
radio, and seek ways to improve its academic and cultural status.

Scope - Institute of Film Studies journal
Scope is an entirely free online journal of film studies edited by staff and students within the Institute of Film Studies at the University of Nottingham. It provides a forum for discussion of all aspects of film history, theory and criticism and promotes as wide a range of approaches and critical methodologies as possible. As a fully refereed journal, Scope is dedicated to publishing material of the highest scholarly quality and interest, and to this end has assembled a distinguished international advisory board of professional academics and critics. Scope is now indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

Skillset UK Film Academies

A  network of film academies to educate and train new filmmaking talent has been announced by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries. Seven academies in England, Scotland, and Wales, will share over £5m funding and will work together to provide new courses (including the first ever Film MBA), summer schools, work placements, master classes, bursaries, online learning resources and a talent scout programme to help develop the brightest and the best from the next generation.

The Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching (TRILT)
TRILT is the best source of UK television and radio broadcast data available on the web. Its many unique features include: Listings for more than 300 TV and radio channels with data from 1995 onwards; Custom auto-alert emails for forthcoming programmes up to 10 days in advance; Selected records are enhanced with extra information, including credits and keywordS; Highlights programmes for which a DVD copy may be requested from BUFVC; More than a million records are added to TRILT every year. TRILT is only available to BUFVC members (including staff and students in BUFVC member institutions).

UK Film, Sound, TV & Video Archives

These are the main national Film, Sound, TV and Video archives in the U.K. (in alphabetical order) :

Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture 
The centre at the University of Exeter contains both a public museum and an academic research centre, housing one of Britain's largest public collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema.

BFI National Archive

The BFI cares for the world's richest and most significant collection of film and television. In 2010 they celebrated the 75th anniversary of the BFI National Archive.


British Library - Archival Sound Recordings Project

The British Library's Archival Sound Recordings website gives UK Higher and Further Education staff and students free access to over 12,000 recordings (3,900 hours)

East Anglian Film Archive
The East Anglian Film Archive is owned and operated by the University of East Anglia. It is the moving image archive for the English counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Film Archives UK (formerly the Film Archive Forum)
Represents all of the public sector film and television archives which care for the UK’s moving image heritage.

Imperial War Museum Film & Video Archive
The Imperial War Museum has an unparalleled and unique Collection covering all aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century conflict involving Britain, the Commonwealth and other former empire countries.

Lincolnshire Film Archive
The Lincolnshire Film Archive was set up in 1986 to locate and preserve motion film showing life and work in all parts of the County (including what was South Humberside)

Media Archive for Central England (MACE)
MACE is the screen archive for the Midlands in the UK. It provides opportunities for everyone to connect with the culture and history of the Midlands through a 70,000 strong collection of film, tape and digital material, much of which is searchable.

Moving History
A research guide to the United Kingdom’s twelve public sector moving image archives. Presenting detailed information and clips from these fascinating and valuable film and television collections

National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales

This is home to a comprehensive and unequalled collection of films,television programmes, videos, sound recordings and music relating to Wales and the Welsh.

North West Film Archive
Set up in 1977, the Archive preserves moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria and offers a variety of access services to users in the public, academic and commercial sectors.

Northern Ireland Film
Northern Ireland Screen is the government-backed lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and digital content industry. The website includes archives.

Northern Region Film & Television Archive
The NRFTA is a public sector moving image archive for the North East of England. They collect, preserve and provide access to film, television and other moving image material related to the history & heritage of the North East of England, which is defined as the Tees Valley area, County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

Scottish Screen Archive

The Scottish Screen Archive is Scotland's national moving images collection. It preserves over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video. They can provide thousands of titles for personal, educational or commercial use.


Screen Archive South East (formerly SEFVA)
Screen Archive South East, based at the University of Brighton, is a public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. Established in 1992 at the University of Brighton as the South East Film & Video Archive, the function of this regional screen archive is to locate, collect, preserve, provide access to and promote screen material related to the South East and of general relevance to screen history.


South West Film and Television Archive
The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. It covers an area from the Isles of Scilly in the west to Bournemouth in the east and as far north as Gloucestershire, and includes all the county and unitary authorities in the South West. SWFTA is a charity whose role is to conserve, preserve and provide access to the moving image heritage of the region.


Wessex Film & Sound Archive
WFSA includes material late Victorian times to the present day, through moving images and sound recordings. The Archive contains over 35,000 film and sound recordings relating to central southern England, including film and tapes of local TV and radio.


Yorkshire Film Archive
The Yorkshire Film Archive is the public access film archive for Yorkshire and the Humber. They hold over 16,000 items of film and video tape, dating from the earliest days of film making in the 1880s to the present day.