SACS working paper series – SACS-o

Launch of SACS working paper series – SACS-o

We are pleased to announce the launch of the School of Arts and Cultures first online Working Papers series – SACS-o (ISSN 2399-8725). The series received funding for its establishment from the School’s Research Committee and we are pleased to acknowledge that support here.

The SACS-o Working Papers series is an online, academic series which publishes research papers and shorter works-in-progress by emerging and established scholars working in the broad domains of media, culture and heritage, based at Newcastle University or one of its collaborating partner institutions. The series publishes novel findings which are immediately open access, making content easily and freely available which we hope will increase audience, visibility, citations and impact.

The first paper, UK General Election 2015: Dealing with Austerity, is authored by Massimo Ragnedda and Maria Laura Ruiu (both Northumbria University). You can read the article here Current issue. This is the first in a linked set of papers to be published by a group of colleagues from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities who worked together on a series of sub-projects focused on the UK General Election 2015.

We have two more papers in the publications pipeline and are seeking new contributions, so please consider publishing in the series. We would also be grateful if you would forward this email and spread the news about the series to other colleagues who might be interested in contributing papers.  The guidelines for submission can be found here Submission and guidelines.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please email Tobias Bürger (

Karen Ross and Tobias Bürger




#ExPRience: the Masterclass

#ExPRience: the Masterclass
 After the success of The Summer Series, #ExPRience is back with a Masterclass for all undergrad and post-grad PR, Comms and Digital Marketing students.
 Join us to hear from speakers who graduated from PR & Communication courses in the last couple of years, about:
·         Finding jobs in the North East
·         The reality vs expectation of working in PR
·         What they wish they’d known while studying
·         And many other insights and tips for starting your career
Plus hear from one of the North East’s fastest growing digital agencies about what they look for when recruiting graduates!
Date:     Wednesday, 26th October
Time:    3-5pm
Place:    Room 2.98 – The Spence Watson Lecture Theatre, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University.
Come out of the lift on 2nd floor and room 2.98 is directly opposite 
Any questions – contact us by email ( or tweet us @exPRienceNE

Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies Open Day


Wednesday 15th June
3.38 Armstrong Building

Are you interested in a career in the museum, gallery and heritage sector? If so, our postgraduate courses could be for you. Come along to our open day on Wednesday 15th June to meet current staff and students, ask questions, and discover where our MAs, PGDips and PGCerts can take you!

To book your place, please email:

You can also follow the day on twitter by following us @mch_newcastle or by using the hashtag #mghsopenday

MCH researchers explore what makes us feel ‘European’

‘Europeanness’ will come under the spotlight in a major new project led by Chris Whitehead from Media, Culture, Heritage.

Chris and colleagues, including Rhiannon Mason, Areti Galani and Susannah Eckersley, have been awarded a €2.5 million grant from the Europe Union to investigate how heritage unites people from countries across the continent as ‘European’ – and how it can drive them apart.

According to the Newcastle University press release: ‘The Critical Heritages (CoHERE) project is the largest and most comprehensive study to date to explore the differences in how people, groups and institutions across Europe use the past to create a sense of belonging or non-belonging.’

Congratulation to Chris and colleagues for securing this prestigious grant! We look forward to hearing about the results in the upcoming years.

You can read the press release here:

Welcome to the MCH research blog

Media, Culture, Heritage is a new subject area in the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University.

The unit brings together longstanding staff groupings associated with highly successful research and teaching programmes in Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, Digital Cultural Communication and Participation, and Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies, alongside new provision in the area of Film Practice.

As well as offering teaching programmes (encompassing undergraduate degree programmes, a suite of taught Masters programmes, and postgraduate research programmes including standard and practice-based PhDs) we have a vibrant research community, and will be using this blog to tell you about what our staff and students have been doing.

Research summary:

MCH research is world-renowned and internationally-oriented. Much of our research is interdisciplinary and has strong social relevance through its engagement with public culture, policy concerns and contemporary debates in cultural and social politics. In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework, Media, Culture, Heritage was submitted to Unit of Assessment 36 (Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management). We achieved an outstanding result in which 82% of our research was evaluated as ‘World Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’.

An important part of our research is its impact beyond academia. All of our research has considerable impact or potential for impact on society. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework 80% of our research impact was rated as ‘World-Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’ with the remaining 20% rated as ‘Internationally Recognised’. An example of our ‘World Leading’ research impact is Professor Peter Stone’s work on improving the protection of cultural property during armed conflict. This research has impacted on: national non-governmental organisations; national policy makers (including HM Government); and the international military. The importance of this work is brought into focus by the civil war in Syria and the resulting destruction of cultural property.

You can find out more about MCH here: