Welcome to the Communication, Cultural & Media Studies (CCM) Research Centre at the University of Salford, UK. Media activity thrives at Salford, in terms of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, our industry links, as well as our research, and we have ambitious future plans. We are extremely well placed over the next few years to make a central contribution to the development of Media City at Salford Quays, and we welcome the opportunities that will be generated by the BBC's significant move north to Salford. We fundamentally endorse BBC Director General Mark Thompson's observation in 2007 that 'Salford makes sense for the BBC'.
CCM aims to raise the profile of existing research and facilitate new projects between media studies, cultural studies and the sociology of culture. The centre moves across the School and Research Institute boundaries of the university generating a dynamic multi-disciplinary research culture. Its academic members and postgraduate students produce high quality research, and actively engage and collaborate with regional communities, national media industries and international research networks.
The work of CCM is characterised by an engagement with the social operations of culture and media. We have organised ourselves in a small number of collaborative research groups.
- Screen media and media practice
- Cultural politics and social communication
- Community, audience, place
We have collaborative links with other groups interested in the creative and cultural industries across the university, including in particular:
- International Media Centre. For connections and projects with media industry, and creative and cultural industries more widely.
- Digital Cluster. For teaching, research and industry activities around digital cultures and future media.
- Popular Music Research Centre. For common research interests around music and perfomance.
In previous Research Assessment Exercises, most colleagues were returned to units of assessment in European Studies (5 rated in 2001) and Sociology (4); for RAE 2008 CCM members were returned to the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies unit of assessment. If you would like to find out more, perhaps because you want to work with CCM on a project or study as a research student, please look through the information on these pages, or get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Professor George McKay, Centre Director