Richard Wallis

Dr Richard Wallis

  • Principal Academic
  • Weymouth House W212, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I have taught film and television at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels here in Bournemouth since 2012, and led the undergraduate programme in Media Production between 2013 and 2017. I was previously Head of Twofour Learning, the education division of the Twofour Group, and served on the Board of Twofour Communications (2008-2010). Prior to that I was one of the company’s Executive Producers, working for clients ranging from broadcasters like the BBC and Channel 4 to a wide range of major brands. Recognition of my work has included awards from the Royal Television Society, the International Visual Communications Association, the New York Festivals, and the British Universities Film & Video Council. My primary research interests all relate to aspects of media practice (see below), and I work closely with the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and currently External Examiner at Northumbria University.


My research is primarily focused on media education, and particularly in contributing to ways that we can better prepare media producers of the future. Most recently this has included understanding of the nature and experience of media work; the fast-changing context in which this labour market operates; and examining what constitutes a ‘career’ where work is often project-based and insecure. I am also interested in media production pedagogy more broadly, and the role of television in the public understanding of both politics and religion. I welcome PhD proposals and peer collaborative initiatives in any of these areas.


Journal Articles



  • Van Raalte, C. and Wallis, R., 2021. The value and purpose of a Media Production degree from the perspective of mid-career graduates. In: Media Education Summit 31 March-1 April 2021 Leeds/ online.
  • Woodfall, A., Van Raalte, C., Wallis, R. and Dent, T., 2016. Is Higher Education unfit for purpose in the preparation of young people work in media industries? In: Media Education Summit 4-5 November 2016 Rome.
  • Wallis, R., 2016. ‘Keeping alive the rumour of God’? The changing purpose of religious broadcasting in the UK. In: The International Society for Media, Religion and Culture 1-4 August 2016 Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  • Wallis, R., 2015. Industry knows best? Career narratives of Media Production students and graduates. In: International Media Education Summit 2015 20-21 November 2015 Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Wallis, R., 2015. ‘Opponents of godliness’: The declining influence of organized religion in the UK, and the arrival of Channel 4. In: Conference of the International Association for Media and History. 17-20 June 2015 Indiana University (Bloomington, IN, USA).
  • Wallis, R., 2014. Media Literacy: New Labour Policies in the United Kingdom, 1997-2010. In: Film and Media 2014: The Fourth Annual London Film and Media Conference 26-28 June 2014 Institute of Education, University of London.
  • Wallis, R., 2014. Disputed task and doubtful force? A review of the Media Literacy Taskforce and the industry’s response to New Labour’s media literacy policy. In: MeCCSA 2014 8-10 January 2014 Bournemouth.
  • Wallis, R., 2013. Media literacy - yesterday's 'really important idea'. In: Media Education Summit 2013 19-20 September 2013 Sheffield.
  • Wallis, R.. “’Where did you come from? Where did you go?’: Media literacy as UK government policy. In: 7th Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference (PELeCON0 April 2012 UK.
  • Wallis, R.. Regulator and educator: Ofcom and the origins of “media literacy” within UK cultural policy. In: Paper for MeCCSA-PGN 2012 Conference 17-18 September 2012, 17-18 September 2012 Loughborough University.


Internet Publications



  • Online Safety – Media Literacy Strategy – Mapping Exercise and Literature Review (DCMS, 08 Oct 2019). Awarded

Internal Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Media Production undergraduate programme

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • 'The co-creation of unit assessments based on the principles of ‘backward design' - Staff and students from across three faculties at Bournemouth University set about exploring ways to work collaboratively on assessment. The outcome was an exploratory workshop in which staff and students from Science & Technology, Health & Social Sciences, and Media & Communication set out to co-create assessment for some of each of their programmes’ units. The workshop was filmed by a small team of Media Production students.


  • PG Certificate in Education Practice in Teaching & Learning (Bournemouth University, 2014)
  • PhD in Media literacy policy (Loughborough University, 2014)
  • MPhil in Sociology & media (Exeter University, 1987)
  • BA (Hons) in Communication Studies (Sunderland University, 1983)


  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2016-),
  • International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture, Member (2016-),
  • International Association for Media and History, Member (2015-),
  • EVCOM, Member (2012-),
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), Member (2012-),
  • National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image, Member (2012-),