Visiting Researchers Programme

The School of Arts and Media hosts a small number of Visiting Researchers interested in investigating issues related to journalism, media or academic fields closely related to our own research projects across a variety of areas, including: world press issues and trends, evolving journalistic practices and processes; future media business models; innovation capital and organisational decision-making; internet of things; technology design; sound/audio/music; nurturing talent and the future of work; and creative facilitation.

Visiting Researchers are non-salaried, visiting positions designed to foster close links with people working within other organisations, whose work aligns closely with the aims and ambitions of the Media Innovation Studio and School of Arts and Media.

Academic visitors are active researchers at academic or research institutions. They are generally scholars on grants from national research academies and foundations, or sabbaticals from their home institution.

Industry visitors are typically on leave or seconded by their employer to research an issue critical to the industry and their employer’s future success.

Successful applicants are invited to the School for a consecutive period ranging from a few weeks to six months, depending on the scope of the project.

Beyond engaging with the issues directly linked to MIS, visitors are also invited to participate in activities across the School and the university, such as the Dance and Somatic Research Group, PhotoUCLan, the Adelphi Research Network and the Digital Editors Network.

Home to the oldest university journalism programme in the UK, UCLan is amongst a small group of leading universities worldwide invited to join the Google News Labs University Network and also partners with WAN-IFRA, the World-Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, on a range of projects. They include the Global Alliance for Media Innovation, the World News Publishers Outlook report and underpinning study, and the World Press Trends study, which has been delivering insights to industry, policy makers and academics since 1989.

For further information and to obtain application forms etc. please contact Dr François Nel, who coordinates the Visiting Researcher Programme, at