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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    Research Output

    « Les besoins avant les actes »: le Children’s Hearing écossais et l’héritage durable de Lord Kilbrandon

    Translated title of the contribution: "Needs not deeds": the Scottish Children's Hearing and the enduring heritage of Lord KilbrandonSturgeon, J. & Leygue-Eurieult, E., 30 Mar 2020, In : Criminocorpus: Histoire de la justice, des crimes, et des peines.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    A return to the Common Fisheries Policy?

    Connolly, J. & Van Der Zwet, A., 17 Mar 2020, An Independent Scotland in the EU: Issues for Accession. Hughes, K. (ed.). Edinburgh: Scottish Centre on European Relations, p. 37-39 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access

    Celebrity abuse on Twitter: the impact of tweet valence, volume of abuse, and dark triad personality factors on victim blaming and perceptions of severity

    Scott, G. G., Brodie, Z. P., Wilson, M. J., Ivory, L., Hand, C. J. & Sereno, S. C., 29 Feb 2020, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 103, p. 109-119 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    Standing Safe Campaign

    Kallia Manoussaki (Interviewee)
    22 Sep 2022

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

    UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum: 'Making Policy Care'

    Hartwig Pautz (Organiser), Rhiannon Sims (Organiser), Greig Inglis (Organiser), Vanesa Fuertes (Organiser)
    21 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Knowledge Frontiers Symposium 'Belonging'

    Kirstin Anderson (Invited speaker)
    26 Jan 202028 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    (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)

  • Press / Media

    IndyRef2: back to the future?

    Murray Leith


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    UWS and Dumfries Museum collaborate on the exhbition celebrating women in engineering

    Katarzyna Kosmala & Dr Nina Baker


    4 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities