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National Subject Profile Media and Communications 2007-08

Reports on Media Subjects in Higher Education 2007-8


The ADM-HEA Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) supported ongoing research into the study of Media and Communications subjects in Higher Education in the United Kingdom. The Higher Education Academy aimed to publish a series National Subject Profiles conducted through a number of the Subject Centres. As part of this series the Media and Communications National Subject Profile looked at the economic significance, make-up and changes that have occurred in the subjects in the past ten years and was originally intended for be publication in 2009. To support this publication ADM-HEA also conducted independent research which is presented here as two reports: Staff and Students in Media Subjects in Higher Education: 2007-2008; and Staff and Students in Media Education 2008 – Staff and Student Voice.

Conducted through questionnaires and focus groups the research encouraged input from a wide range of institutions delivering Media and Communications subjects. Staff and Students in Media Subjects in Higher Education: 2007-2008 came from responses that were received from 1,012 members of staff from 172 HEIs and FEIs delivering HE Media courses, a 45 per cent. response rate, and from 3,038 students on HE Media courses, which represented 14 per cent. of full-time Media Studies undergraduates across a number of Media programmes. Staff and Students in Media Education 2008 – Staff and Student Voice is the result of 10 HEIs hosted focus groups attended by over 60 members of staff and 143 students, with a further three HEIs providing electronic responses.

It was hoped that the reports, together with the Profile, would contribute to our understanding of content of courses and the range of pedagogies for the subjects. The Staff and Students in Media Education 2008 – Staff and Student Voice is intended to give both staff and students in Media and Communications programmes an opportunity to share their views and perceptions of the subjects.

The two reports are available here as full versions. The contents page at the beginning of each report are ‘active’ and readers can access the information they require by simply clicking on the appropriate section. Each report gives details of the rationale, methodology, key findings etc. The full transcripts of the focus groups are included as appendices in the report: Staff and Students in Media Education 2008 – Staff and Student Voice.


National Subject Profile - Media and Communication in Higher Education 2007-08

Staff and Students in Media subjects in Higher Education: 2007-2008

Staff and Students in Media Education 2008 – Staff and Student Voice