UWE and Knowle West Media Centre win research bid

Issue date: 10 April 2006

UWE and Knowle West Media Centre The Bristol School of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England (BSAMD) and Knowle West Media Centre are celebrating success in winning Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding for a collaborative three-year PhD research post to extend research into the impact and potential of community-based media.

The PhD will commence in October 2006 and is funded through a new AHRC scheme which encourages innovative collaborations between HEI's and media and arts organisations. This formal collaboration builds on longstanding informal links between UWE and Knowle West Media Centre, and gives both organisations the opportunity to extend their research interests in this area.

The fully funded research post will explore how young people interact with and subvert technology for their own uses, and will investigate new ways in which young people may engage with technology in the future.

Barbara Hawkins, Head of Graduate School at BSAMD, said, “Bristol School of Art, Media and Design has long been a supporter of the aims of community media and arts organisations in the region, and we are delighted that our commitment to widening participation has been recognised by the research council in supporting this doctoral study. This project is a unique form of collaboration between community-based work and academic study, and we are excited by the potential outcomes. ”

Carolyn Hassan, Director of Knowle West Media Centre said “KWMC are delighted with this success – we know that the work we do with young people and the community is important, and are committed to sharing our experience and to learning. This research post will enable us to really explore the ways in which young people use technology and to contribute to debate at a national level. We are looking forward to working with UWE in a more formal capacity and I am sure this will be a very productive partnership for all concerned.”

The fully funded AHRC PhD studentship will be advertised nationally and the researcher who takes up the post will contribute to the already established research strength in community media that currently exists in BSAMD, as well as contributing to the wider community across Bristol and in Knowle West.

For further details of the PhD post e-mail anne.conoley@uwe.ac.uk or see http://www.uwe.ac.uk/amd. For further info about KWMC and links to sites about community media go to www.kwmc.co.uk

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