Richard Wallis

Dr Richard Wallis

  • Principal Academic
  • Weymouth House W205, 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), and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


I have three broad research interests. First, I am interested in media education, and particularly in contributing to ways that we can better prepare media producers of the future. Second, I am concerned with the nature and experience of media work, and particularly what it means for the worker within the context of a continually changing industry sector in which work has become increasingly individualised and uncertain. Third, I am interested in examining the role that media play in the public understanding of religion, and particularly the challenge of religious illiteracy among media professionals. I welcome PhD proposals and peer collaborative initiatives in any of these areas, especially where there is overlap between them.


  • Wallis, R. and Buckingham, D., 2019. Media literacy: the UK’s undead cultural policy. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 25 (2), 188-203.
  • Wallis, R., 2016. Channel 4 and the declining influence of organized religion on UK television. The case of Jesus: The Evidence. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 36 (4), 668-688.
  • Wallis, R., 2014. Media literacy – yesterday’s ‘really important idea’. Media Education Research Journal, 4 (2).
  • Wallis, R. and Buckingham, D., 2013. Arming the citizen-consumer: the invention of ‘media literacy’ within UK communications policy. European Journal of Communication, 28 (5), 527-540.
  • Wallis, R., 2020. Genesis of the Bible documentary: the development of religious broadcasting in the UK. In: Bond, H.K. and Adams, E., eds. The Bible on Television. Bloomsbury.

Journal Articles



  • 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.
  • van Raalte, C., Woodfall,, A., Dent,, T. and Wallis , R, 2016. Is HE unfit for purpose in the preparation of young people for work in media industries? A MERJ Conversation. In: Media Education Summit 2016 4-5 November 2016 John Cabot University, 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.

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.


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


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