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

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Research Output 1989 2019

Brexit and Crisis Management: No Deal and the Future Relationship

Judge, A. & Connolly, J. 21 Jan 2019 The UK in a Changing Europe.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Devolution, departures and destinations: reflections on the Railway Policing (Scotland) Act 2017

Murray, K. & Atkinson, C. 14 Jan 2019 In : Edinburgh Law Review. 23, 1, p. 130-136 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
German Federal Railways

Integrated sustainable urban development strategies in the European Union: added value and challenges

Van Der Zwet, A. & Ferry, M. Jan 2019 Territorial Cohesion: The Urban Dimension. Medeiros, E. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 111-129 19 p. (The Urban Book Series)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
value added
development strategy
urban development
sustainable development

Activities 1997 2022

Standing Safe Campaign

Manoussaki, K. (Interviewee)
22 Sep 2022

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

Great Writing

Manderson, D. (Invited speaker)
6 Jul 20197 Jul 2019

Activity: Participation in conference

MeCCSA Annual Conference 2019

Sinclair, L. (Invited speaker)
10 Jan 2019

Activity: Participation in conference



(Shortlisted) 2017 Sociology SAGE Prize for Innovation & Excellence

Nicholas 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

Jimmy Webb

David Scott


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

A car for a woman and other stories

Katarzyna Kosmala, Katherine Kirk, Anthony Grace, Dr Nina Baker , Neil Johnson-Symington & Evdoxia Viza


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Public launch of the exhibition Riverside Solidarity and associated programme of events at QEUH

Iain McGillivray, Katarzyna Kosmala, Jackie Sands & Elizabeth Gardiner


4 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities