We have a long and impressive history of research. It is of note, for instance, that there are more members of the University's Professoriate in the Faculty of Arts & Media Technologies than in any other faculty. The Faculty intends to build on its privileged position, exploiting the synergy offered by its current configuration.
The Faculty is developing the it's research profile. This involves a number of initiatives.
- In terms of courses, we are extending our range of postgraduate Masters and PhD provision. Masters are either taught or research-based, whereas the PhD is now attainable via different routes: by a traditional thesis, by professional practice (involving a work-based portfolio of evidence or a collection of creative outputs – e.g. poems, short stories, plays, films, photography, graphic or fine artwork, exhibition material, etc), or, finally, by publication, either retrospectively (assembling a number of already published items, etc), or prospectively (agreeing to publish a number of items in recognised publications).
- We are also seeking to support staff in gaining higher level qualifications and developing their research track records. The University Repository is helping us to showcase this, with a number of staff outputs available through the Faculty's webpages (see http://digitalcommons.bolton.ac.uk/ame/ ).
- We are making our presence known through hosting conferences, attracting delegates at national level. In May 2010 we were involved in organising a 'Bill Naughton Centenary Celebration', together with Bolton Museum & Archive Service and the Octagon Theatre. There was a conference held at Bolton Museum's Lecture Theatre, with keynote speakers Neil Sinyard (Professor of Film Studies, University of Hull) and Stephen Lacey (Professor of Drama, Film and Television at the University of Glamorgan).
- At a more local level, AMT's Research Conference is now an annual event. The initial one featured our first Visiting Professor, the poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan. A video of his performance, together with photographs from the day, can be found at the bottom of the Seminars page . The second School Conference was held at the university, where it was a pleasure to have our second Visiting Professor, David Thacker, give the keynote address. The Faculty level conference feeds, in turn, into the University-wide 'Research & Innovation' Conference.
The School has a room dedicated to Research Students, T4-042, with desks, filing cabinets and computers. The room can be used either for private study or for group activities, seminars, or meetings related to research. The key to the room is held in the Faculty Office.
- The Faculty's research reputation has been enhanced by the appointment of two Visiting Professors. First, the celebrated poet and broadcaster, Ian McMillan. He gave his inaugural lecture at the School's first Research Conference in 2008, where he premiered his verse autobiography, Talking Myself Home. As Visiting Professor, Ian McMillan is undertaking a project on coalmining, with Ian Beesley, course leader for the MA Photography. Aside from this particular project, Ian is also involved in running three workshops a year across the three main areas of the Faculty. Our second Visiting Professor, appointed in 2009, is David Thacker, current Artistic Director of the Octagon, but with an illustrious background in theatre (Director of the Young Vic, Director-in-Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company, freelance work for the National Theatre) and TV. He has worked with many of today's most celebrated actors. His appointment has made our links with the Octagon far closer, both at undergraduate and research levels.
- The development of Research within the Faculty is overseen by a Research Committee, which has its own working groups taking forward specific initiatives, such as running the annual Faculty Conference, external conferences, and in developing the research culture of the Faculty. The Committee also has a Research Ethics sub-committee, which considers all research involving human participants that is undertaken within the School. The current School Research Ethics officer is Dr. David Kitchener (email@example.com).
For more information on any of our work, contact Prof. David Rudd|, Faculty Research Coordinator.