Media industry seminar on the television coverage of the Scottish referendum

The 2014 Scottish independence referendum was one of the most important political events in the media last year and generated unprecedented engagement among the electorate. As part of the research project I have been working on in the last few months, looking at the framing Read More …

The Brussels Bubble and the Holyrood Hub – Stirling Public Relations & Public Affairs Field Trip

Masters students from the Stirling Public Relations and Strategic Communications programmes participated in two bespoke fieldtrips in the Autumn semester 2015. The first leg involved a two-day fieldtrip in Brussels, meeting communications staff working within the institutions, and public affairs professionals trying to influence EU Read More …

CMC students play their part in Glasgow 2014

Students from the University of Stirling are playing a key role in bringing the Commonwealth Games to homes around the world. Fifteen people – all on BA Honours courses in the School of Arts and Humanities – are working for TV crews bringing images of Read More …

Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas: Dr Pietari Kaapa's new book

As part of my ongoing research interest in combining transnational cultural studies with ecocriticism, I recently published a new book, Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas with Bloomsbury Press. The book challenges the traditional socio-political rhetoric of national cinema by providing an ecocritical examination of Nordic Read More …

Commonwealth Games Medals: Past and Present

To honour and celebrate the sporting achievements and physical strength of athletes, the Ancient Greeks used to place a wreath of olive branches on the heads of the winners. For the first time, during the Athens Olympics in 1896, the winning athletes received medals. For Read More …

Scotland and the Commonwealth Games

Did you know that a Scottish athlete won the first marathon of the British Empire Games, or that one of Scotland’s most successful medallists was a diver?  For its 84 years of existence, the Commonwealth Games has awarded 8582 gold, silver and bronze medals to Read More …