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New Department of Media and Communications announced at LSE

LSE is creating a new Department of Media and Communications at the School.

The School set up Media@lse, an interdepartmental graduate programme in 1998 as a joint initiative between the Sociology and Social Psychology departments. It brought together LSE's expertise and presence in the field with a core teaching staff of 11.

Now Media@lse has grown to involve a network of 35 LSE academics. It offers five postgraduate programmes in Media and Communications, including a highly successful MSc in Global Media and Communications taught jointly with the University of Southern California, and has around 150 graduate students taking its programmes.

Professor Roger Silverstone, director of Media@lse and Professor of Media and Communications, said: 'This departmental status confirms the growth and intellectual standing of media and communications research at LSE, and also allows us to develop more teaching potential. We already receive research funding from Research Councils, foundations, the UK government, the European Commission and several firms including the Dixons Group plc which has endowed a Chair in New Media and the Internet. Now we can build on this to make the Media and Communications Department at LSE into one of the leading centres of scholarship and teaching in this major field in the world.'

This means LSE now has 19 departments and over 30 research institutes or centres.

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Contact Professor Roger Silverstone, tel: 020 7955 6420 or email r.silverstone@lse.ac.uk| 
Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, tel: 020 7955 7582, or email: j.a.higgin@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

The Department will open formally on 1 August 2003. For more information about programmes and research, see Department of Media and Communications|

30 June 2003

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