Research in the School of Creative Studies and Media

Welcome to the research pages of the School of Creative Studies and Media (SCSM). You will find that we are inter-disciplinary, collaborative, creative and critical.

In the most recent national assessment of research quality (REF 2014) we were part of a larger submission to UoA35: Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, jointly with the School of Music. We received 30% at the top 4* level (world leading) and 51% at the 3* level (internationally excellent). We also achieved high results on impact: 40% at 4* and 60% at 3* with a Grade Point Average of 3.4 out of 4. This meant that all the School’s research impact was of either world-leading or internationally excellent in quality. This confirmation of the world-class quality of our research is a clear improvement on the previous research assessment (RAE 2008) and demonstrates the continued development and strength of the School’s research culture.

Research Strengths/Specialisms

Our key strengths are the work of our staff in digital culture, media and persuasive communication and creative theory and practice (practice-as-research).

Research Partnerships

We have particularly strong relationships within the creative industries sector in Wales, and also engage with the creative economy more generally, within the UK and beyond. This informs several aspects of our research activities, as well as helping to promote our work. At a community level, we regularly participate in projects and developments that not only give valuable opportunities to our students, but also help in terms of overall impact and awareness of our activities. The companies and organisations with whom we have collaborated recently include BAFTA Cymru, independent TV company Cwmni Da, NoFit State Circus and Carers Outreach.

Research Events

We have a thriving and friendly research culture. Our weekly research series, Media Sandwich, features Bangor colleagues, postgraduate students, and researchers and practitioners from across the UK and beyond in a supportive, if critical, environment. We also invite special guests, visiting scholars, and others to present on their research and practice.


To get a fuller flavour of what we do, have a look at our research strengths, knowledge transfer projects,journal and editorial boards, and research degrees.