Lecturer in Radio Studies and Professional Development
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Siobhan Stevenson is a Lecturer in Radio Studies and Professional Development at the Birmingham School of Media teaching on both the BA (Hons) Media and Communication and the Foundation Degree in Radio.
As well as teaching across a number of areas including media theory, dissertation and project management, she also teaches Professional Media Practice and Professional Development across all media disciplines.
As part of her Professional Practice development role, she works with partner organisations to create placement and community outreach opportunities for students in the UK and overseas.
Siobhan is also a member of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) and as such previously worked as a co-ordinator on the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Knowledge Transfer Fellowship (KTF) in New Strategies for Radio and Music Organisations.
She also hosted the Birmingham ‘Community Radio Forum Debate’, a one-off round table debate between community stations in Birmingham about current issues affecting the sector in 2010.
Siobhan has published work on the benefits of radio as a tool for rehabilitation and inclusion and is currently undertaking PhD research into translations of policy to programming in British community radio. Her further research interests include a focus on community radio, radio programming for multicultural and diaspora communities and prison radio.
Prior to joining the School of Media, Siobhan worked in radio and television production for a number of years in both public service broadcasting (BBC) and the independent sectors, in a number of production and support roles. She also spent a year working with Screen West Midlands developing and monitoring a number of media training programmes and awarding funding to freelancers, before returning to radio.
Whilst working for BBC network and local radio, Siobhan began to work part-time with the Birmingham School of Media and moved into academia full-time in 2010, but still contributes to content for community stations and health messages broadcast on prison radio.
- Project Co-ordinator: AHRC KTF-New Strategies for Radio and Music Organisations
- Co-ordinated project led by Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, liaised with four leading Fellows and external partners
- Organised and co-ordinated final symposium
- Forum Co-ordinator: Community Radio Forum (Birmingham)
- Liaised with Birmingham-based community radio stations, bringing them together
- Hosted a debate about issues effecting Community Radio Stations.