Build Your Career

The Research Institute for Media, Arts and Performance, at the University of Bedfordshire is engaged in exciting and innovative research across all our areas of activity. For research students, it is important to make yourselves known and begin to build your career.

Build your career

Vitae exists to help researchers - you are a 'researcher' as soon as you enrol on the MPhil/PhD or Masters by Research programme - realise the potential of their careers. It runs research training and career days and the website has loads of advice. See vitae home page.

The University has signed up to the concordat to support career development in research staff vitae page.

You may hear talk of the Bologna process which was a series agreements between European countries designed to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher education qualifications.

What is research?

There are two frequently used definitions of research in the UK, both exclude certain activities.

The Research Excellence Framework which distinguishes Research from Scholarship which is the work which goes into maintaining the structure of the discipline e.g. textual editing of editions of Shakespeare, creating databases of primary materials for research etc.

Frascati definition of research, though specifically for technology and science, is useful as it refers to the processes of research:

Research and experimental development (R&D) comprise creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.

The term R&D covers three activities: basic research, applied research and experimental development Frascarti manual

Basic research is experimental or theoretical work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge of the underlying foundation of phenomena and observable facts, without any particular application or use in view.

Applied research is also original investigation undertaken in order to acquire new knowledge. It is, however, directed primarily towards a specific practical aim or objective.

Experimental development is systematic work, drawing on existing knowledge gained from research and/or practical experience, which is directed to producing new materials, products or devices, to installing new processes, systems and services, or to improving substantially those already produced or installed. R&D covers both formal R&D in R&D units and informal or occasional R&D in other units.

Teaching pedagogy, writing textbooks, writing books per say etc is not research.

New editions, contributions to encyclopaedias are not research but are scholarship

Careers surveys

This report from Athena is particularly interesting in what it says about encouraging and making visable research and research activities. There is quite a bit to about gender difference in developing research careers.

See the full text in the file athena.pdf attached to the file tab below


Here are some conferences you can attend. Please add a page with any conferences you know about.

People to contact for info about these key conferences (if you are going to put in a paper etc)

IAMCR - Garry Whannel

Screen - Carlota Larrea

MECCSA - Janey Gordon/ Ivor Gaber

Crossroads in Cultural Studies - Garry Whannel

ICA SHARP - Alexis Weedon


What if every person who lived in Europe took a picture of the view through her or his window? Wouldn’t such a collection of photographs give us a real idea of what Europe actually looked at Term Paper Services like to those who lived there?

Running in the conference, Media in the enlarged Europe, was the exhibition '''Views from nowhere''', please visit and post a view.

Make a research poster!

There are various 'how to make a Research Poster' guides on the web. Most of the information provided are for subjects in the Natural Sciences.

There are some examples of research posters are at


Newsletters attached to the file tab below
RIMAD news apr 2008REV.doc
RIMAD News Easter 2010.pdf