New videos help mark 50th anniversary of Department of Media and Communication

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the University's Centre for Mass Communication Research – the first Centre of its kind studying mass communication and birthplace of the UK’s first media and communications Master’s degree.

To mark the anniversary the Department has produced a series of videos featuring Media and Communication students from around the world discussing why they chose to study at the University of Leicester and what makes their course so engaging.

The Centre for Mass Communication Research at Leicester was established in 1966 by James Halloran and attracted a diverse group of academics from various disciplines, leading to a multidisciplinary research approach. This ethos still exists in the Department of Media and Communication today and has been described as the ‘original hotbed’ of mass communication research by leading media theorist James Curran.

Coinciding with the anniversary, our University will be hosting the 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in July – an event which has not been held in Leicester since 1976.

The IAMCR conference theme for 2016 is Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward. The event this year is expected to host 1,200 participants from over 70 countries and will be hosted on campus at the University of Leicester from 27 – 31 July 2016 with plenary sessions also held at De Montfort Hall.

Watch the video celebrating the Department of Media and Communication's 50th anniversary below and view videos with individual students on the College's YouTube account:

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