Shelley Thompson

Dr Shelley Thompson

  • 01202 961721
  • shelleyt at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Pro Vice Chancellor - Student Experience
  • Poole House P508b, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Shelley Thompson is the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Student Experience. She was previously Deputy Dean of the Business School and Head of the Department of Communication and Journalism in the Faculty of Media and Communication. She is a science journalism scholar, specialising in the reporting of emerging and controversial science. Her current research considers the under-representation of women's voices in news debates about science, following her intervention at the UN Conference on Women and Girls in Science and the Role of the Media in February 2017. Shelley is a former US journalist who worked at a variety of publications covering finance and securities regulation in New York City to politics, education, crime, and health at the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Eagle-Tribune in its New Hampshire bureau. While working at the Eagle-Tribune and its sister publication the Derry News, she received several awards for her reporting, including investigative reporting awards and a First Amendment award for a series on a secret government payment to a public employee leaving his job...


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Gender equality

"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"

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Journal Articles



  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. et al., 2018. ‘Welcome to the Machine!’ Resisting isomorphic, masculinised corporatisation of Higher Education through feminist scholarship. In: DAKAM Gender and Women's Studies Conference 10-12 November 2018 Istanbul. Yes TBA.
  • Thompson, S., 2015. Framing nanotechnology: a longitudinal analysis in two leading newspapers. In: Future of Journalism 10-11 September 2015 Cardiff.
  • Thompson, S., 2014. Whose Nano News? In: Political Studies Association - Media and Politics Group Annual Conference 13-14 November 2013 Bournemouth University.
  • Thompson, S., 2013. Whose Nano News? In: PSA Media and Politics Group Annual Conference 13-14 November 2013 Bournemouth.
  • Thompson, S., 2013. Secondary News Frames of Nanotechnology. In: Media, Communications & Cultural Studies Association 9-11 January 2013 Derry, Ireland.
  • Thompson, S., 2012. Framing Nanotechnology. In: Science & the Media December 2012 Bournemouth University.
  • Thompson, S., 2012. The Wired Generation. In: Engaging the Public: Putting people back in democracy July 2012 Bournemouth University.
  • Thompson, S., 2010. News about nanotechnology: A framing study of The Guardian and The New York Times' reporting since the 1980s. In: Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association - Postgraduate Network Annual Conference 8-10 June 2010 Glasgow University.
  • Thompson, S., 2009. News about nanotechnology: A conceptual paper. In: Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association - Postgraduate Network 8-10 July 2009 Bangor University.
  • Thompson, S. and Allan, S., 2009. Science Journalism on the Internet. In: Science & the Public 4-5 June 2009 Brighton University.


Internet Publications


PhD Students

  • Thomas Stoeckle, 2024. Motivation, metaphor and manipulation: the framing of public debates and the shaping of public responses through leaders’ speeches during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic
  • Hilary Stepien. Combatting mental health stigma - the communicative constitution of stigma and its effects, and lessons for subsequent persuasive message design
  • Alison Smith
  • Amy Tatum
  • Thomas Stoeckle


  • Reaching Across the Pond (Bournemouth University - Fusion Fund, 03 Sep 2012). Awarded
  • MeCCSA - Postgraduate Network Conference (ADM-HEA, 02 Aug 2010). Awarded

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • BU Festival of Learning 2018 - Women in Science – why media presence matters (19 Jun 2018)
  • BU Festival of Learning 2018 - Draw a Scientist (16 Jun 2018)
  • Engaging the Public: putting the people back into democracy (06 Jul 2012)


  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy in Education Practice (The Higher Education Academy, 2015)
  • PGCE in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2015)
  • PhD in Journalism (Bournemouth University, 2012)
  • MA in Journalism Studies (Cardiff University, 2009)
  • BA (Hons) in Journalism (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, 2000)


External Media and Press