Visiting Scholars Programme

The Media Innovation Studio (MIS) hosts a small number of Visiting Scholars selected for their interest in investigating issues related to journalism, media or academic fields closely related to our research. This includes 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 and music, nurturing talent and the future of work, and creative facilitation.

The programme is designed to build close links with people working within other organisations where their work aligns closely with the aims and ambitions of the Media Innovation Studio and the School of Arts and Media. 

Visiting Scholars are likely to be active researchers at educational or research institutions, or are seconded by their employer to research an issue critical to the industry or their organisation’s future. They will hold a non-salaried position at MIS, but may be in receipt of grants from national research academies or foundations, or on a sabbatical from their home institution. Successful applicants are typically invited to MIS for a consecutive period ranging from a few weeks to six months, depending on the project’s scope.

Beyond engaging with issues directly linked to MIS’ work, visitors are also invited to participate in activities across the School of Arts and Media and the university, such as the Creative Practice Research Academy, the Research Centre for Digital Life, and the Digital Editors’ Network.

Journalism has been taught at Preston since 1962, making it the oldest such university programme in England. The Guardian University Guide 2022 shows the University of Central Lancashire remains among the very best – ranking #1 in England and #2 in the UK for Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.

The university’s research was rated as ‘World Leading’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework assessment, and our researchers continue to provide insights for practitioners and policymakers, as well as for students and scholars. MIS is also part of WAN-IFRA’s Global Alliance for Media Innovation and a Google News Initiative partner.

For further information and to obtain an application form, please contact Dr François Nel, who coordinates the Visiting Scholars Programme, at