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Claire Simmons


Claire is an experienced academic with a strong industry journalistic background across national newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and online. She specialises in researching media ethics, celebrity journalism and HE pedagogy. She is widely published as a journalist and has a growing academic profile, recently completing a two-year Higher Education Academy project exploring alternatives to the traditional dissertation.

Her industry experience spans more than 20 years and she retains excellent links with colleagues across the UK and abroad. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, is regularly interviewed by the media industry about ethics and celebrity culture and has won awards for her teaching and journalism. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and has led both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, integrating theory and practice into media programmes.  

My role

Leading external engagement initiatives, internationalisation and collaborative partnerships for the School of Media and Performing Arts.

My work

Simmons, C. (2012) Re-thinking Dissertations and Final Year Projects.

Simmons, C. (2010) 'What’s the Story? Exploring the impact of role-play assessment to enhance learning in a work-related context' (pdf). Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 4 (2).

Simmons, C. (2008) 'Reporting Celebrity'. In Broadcast Journalism: a critical introduction. Ed. by Chapman, J., and Kinsey, M. London: Routledge.

Simmons, C. (2007) 'Sustainability in Broadcast Journalism'. In Greener by Degrees: Exploring Sustainability through Higher Education Curricula. Ed. by Roberts, C., and Roberts, J. University of Gloucestershire.

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Associate Head of Media

Building: Ellen Terry Building

 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Logo
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023