Organization profile

Organisation profile

The School of Media, Culture and Society at the University of the West of Scotland was formed in 2014 through the merger of the former School of Social Sciences and former School of Creative and Cultural Industries. It is a large, multi-disciplinary school, with some 110 academic staff and over 50 PhD students. The School has a presence across all four of the UWS Scottish Campuses (Paisley, Ayr, Hamilton and Dumfries), and delivers programmes from the UWS London Campus. 

The School’s teaching and learning programmes and wider activities are underpinned by a strong research base, linked to substantial, and growing, external research funding, and generating extensive publication and impressive external quality ratings. 

Research activity within the School is led by an Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise), Professor Chik Collins (reporting to Dean of School, Professor Derek Carson), and is currently configured around three Strategic Hubs, each of which has a designated Lead for Research and Enterprise, and each of which is composed of two Subject Clusters, as indicated below: 

· Strategic Hub for Society, Policy, Governance and Justice (R&E Lead, Professor Colin Clark)

o Politics, Public Policy, Criminal Justice and Criminology

o Sociology, Social Policy and Careers Guidance

· Strategic Hub for Psychology, Social Work, Health Behaviours and Addictions (R&E Lead, Dr Edward Edgerton)

o Psychology

o Social Work, Health Behaviours and Addictions

· Strategic Hub for Culture and Creativity (R&E Lead, Dr Alison Clifford)

o Art, Music and Performance

o Screen, Broadcasting and Journalism

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learning Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
Scotland Medicine & Life Sciences
student Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
experience Social Sciences
art Social Sciences
event Social Sciences

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Research Output 1989 2020

Acute alcohol effects on cytokine concentrations in healthy young adults

Van De Loo, A. J., Mackus, M. M., Merlo, A., Habers, L., Devenney, L. E., Knipping, K., Garssen, J., Kraneveld, A. D., Bruce, G. & Verster, J. C., 8 Aug 2019, In : Allergy. 74, S106, p. 444-445 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

65 Downloads (Pure)

AI, agency and responsibility: the VW fraud case and beyond

Johnson, D. & Verdicchio, M., 30 Sep 2019, In : AI & Society. 34, 3, p. 639-647 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
artificial intelligence

Animal-assisted therapy for schizophrenia and related disorders: a systematic review

Hawkins, E. L., Hawkins, R. D., Dennis, M., Williams, J. M. & Lawrie, S. M., Aug 2019, In : Journal of Psychiatric Research. 115, p. 51-60 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Animal Assisted Therapy
Randomized Controlled Trials
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Quality of Life

Activities 1997 2022

Standing Safe Campaign

Kallia Manoussaki (Interviewee)
22 Sep 2022

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Heritage and Heritage Planning Engagement

Alison McCandlish (Keynote speaker)
23 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


(Shortlisted) 2017 Sociology SAGE Prize for Innovation & Excellence

Nick Jenkins (Recipient), 1 Mar 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2009 Early Career Regional Studies Association Award

Hartwig Pautz (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Policy making
Regional studies

Press / Media

Is Brexit Worth Scotland’s Independence?

Ewan Gibbs


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Mornings, with Kaye Adams

Murray Leith


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment