There is a strong research culture with a growing number of Ph.D students registered to study a variety of topics in film, new media, political media, and journalism. Staff within the School achieved an outstanding performance in the recent government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) with almost 10% of their research being scored as 'world leading' and a further 44% as 'internationally excellent' and 28%, as 'recognised internationally'.
The philsophy of the School rests on the principle that academic, professional and vocational study are complementary and the department strives for excellence in both academic scholarship and professional media practice. The School maintains and fosters enduring relationships with local, regional and national media organisations, including those located in the digital design, corporate communications, news, television, and film industries. Many staff in the School continue to work as practitioners in journalism, film and documentary production, digital design, and photo-journalism.
The School is supported by outstanding industry standard facilities, including a brand new television studio, radio studio, professional newsroom, and a multi-media centre with both Macs and PCs.Most importantly, however, the School is a community with a friendly and informal atmosphre where staff and students study, research and produce media together