17th September 2002




The University of Lincoln’s Faculty of Media and Communications is set to become one of the most distinguished in the country, according to the new dean of the faculty.


Professor Brian Winston has moved to Lincoln from the highly rated School of Media and Creative Industries at the University of Westminster, of which he had been head since 1997.


“A few eyebrows were raised when I took this job as Lincoln has always been the unknown ‘beast in the east’,” said Professor Winston.


“But there’s a massive opportunity at Lincoln – I wouldn’t be here if there weren’t. The fundamentals are in place and we’re now in a very good position to be able to build on what’s been achieved in the past.”


Professor Winston dismisses the snobbery displayed by some academics towards media-related courses.


“Students vote with their feet,” he said. “There’s a great deal of hostility towards media studies and a lot of it is as much to do with nepotism as anything else. A recent study found that 40 per cent of people working in UK broadcasting have relatives in the industry, and some people want to protect that.


“Media and journalism courses like ours are a wonderful window of opportunity into an area of supreme importance. It’s something that a university like Lincoln can do very well and which it does arguably better than the old universities.”


Professor Winston says that a clutch of high-profile academic appointments will transform the faculty in the next few years.


“We are about to make some stellar appointments to media and drama which will really put Lincoln on the map,” he said. “In five years’ time I anticipate that this will be one of the most distinguished faculties in the country with a thriving international programme.”


After studying law at Oxford Brian Winston worked as a researcher on Granada’s ‘World In Action’ programme. He then worked as a producer/director for the BBC and later taught at the National Film School, Glasgow University, New York University and Pennsylvania State University, where he was Dean of the College of Communications.


More recently he ran the Centre for Journalism Studies at the University of Wales in Cardiff. He has written 11 books and won an Emmy in the mid-1980s for his documentary ‘Heritage’.


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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk