Overview

The Department of Communication, Marketing and Media provides the in-depth knowledge and practical application skills that are required in today's communication, marketing and media fields.

Media centreThe wide range of skills required in the communication, marketing and media sectors are important components of national and international business and integral to the global communications industry.

Courses  Our courses provide the relevant theory and essential skillsets required in the sector. They are developed in conjunction with organisations to address the needs of industry and to prepare students for a career in their chosen field.

Staff  Teaching in the department is based on academic expertise in combination with a breadth of current professional experience across the sector. 

Research  The Department is active in research across communication, marketing and media themes and these interests are reflected in the design of our courses.

 


  • Masters in Fashion Management Degree | MSc Fashion Management

    Our Masters in Fashion Management course covers the creative, managerial and commercial aspects of the global fashion industry. This MSc course includes all aspects of the global fashion business and will enable graduates to develop a rewarding business career within the fashion industry. *2013/14 entry free places available for Scottish/EU Students.

  • “The Events Management degree is excellent preparation for students with the ambition, drive and determination to become part of a dynamic and growing industry.”

    Shona Byrne Head of Sales and Marketing, Aberdeen Performing Arts

    Events

    1. 16, July, 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremony - Aberdeen Business School (2:30pm)

      Ceremony for ABS Postgraduate courses – All Departments. (including Diploma in Legal Practice & PgDip Prof Legal Practice, but not including Graduate Certificates)  

    Courses

    Our Communication, Fashion, Media, Tourism and Marketing courses are highly creative with a strong vocational focus built on strong links with the professional business community.

    An interdisciplinary approach ensures our students are well equipped to embrace their chosen career paths, and also have a skillset that allows for flexibility and maximises their employment potential.

    Undergraduate Courses

    Postgraduate Courses

    Accreditations

    Our courses are recognised or accredited by professional bodies including:

    Industry links - our strong links within industry, the public sector and professional bodies ensures our courses are practical, highly relevant and underpinned by applied research

    Placements - many of these courses are accredited or recognised by the professional bodies and provide a qualification which enhance the opportunities available to you in your career.

    Research

    Staff are involved in research across communication, marketing and media themes and these interests are reflected in the design of our courses.

    Research in the department is divided into two main areas - Communication and Media and Marketing.

    Communication and Media Research

    Research interests and themes in Communication and Media which map onto the four main areas of teaching are:

    • Journalism and Mass Communication
    • Media
    • Corporate/Organisational Communication

    Research Themes within these broad areas include:

    • Critical Aspects of Corporate Communication

    • Corporate Social Responsibility

    • Intercultural Communication

    • Images and Young People

    • Political Journalism/Communication

    • Media and Memory

    • Women in Media

    • Electronic Publishing

    Topic Expertise for PhD Supervision
    In addition to the broad range of communication and media research subjects (some noted above), we are particularly interested in applications for doctoral study in the following topic areas:

    • Intercultural communication; critical aspects of organisational communication (discourse analysis, critical management studies);
    • postmodern cultural and media theory
    • Media History; Gender and Computer-mediated Communication; Publishing
    • Media Representation; Audiences and Fan Culture; Celebrity Culture
    • Media Management; Media Branding; International Co-authorship; Electronic Publishing

    Marketing Research

    Much of our research is carried out in collaboration with managers or with academics from other institutions. Our aim is to apply important theoretical concepts that can influence managers' abilities to do their jobs. We focus on output that can, and does, impact and influence practitioners. This aligns with the RGU Vision to be internationally recognised for excellence in professional education and applied research. Academic staff have either been practising managers or work with managers.

    Research Themes

    • Consumer behaviour, in particular working with children
    • Marketing of universities
    • Relationship marketing
    • Retail marketing
    • Sales and customer management
    • Service quality
    • Tourism

    Research Support and Funding received
    Staff of the department have gained research funding from a variety of public and corporate sources such as The Arts and Humanities Research Council; Elsevier Science; and TOTAL UK.

    Research Contacts

    For further information contact our Research Co-ordinators:

    Communication and Media
    Dr Robert Halsall
    Tel: 01224 263929
    Email: r.halsall@rgu.ac.uk 

    Marketing
    Bill Donaldson
    Email: w.g.donaldson@rgu.ac.uk
    Tel: +44 (0)1224 263857

    Staff

    Our staff have a wide range of knowledge and academic expertise combined with professional experience in their fields. Teaching is across two main areas - Communication & Media and Marketing.

    Head of Department

  • Jo Royle

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    Jo Royle is Head of Department for Communication, Marketing and Media. The Department encompasses a variety of subject areas in the creative and cultural industries including: media, journalism, fashion management, tourism, events management, hospitality, public relations, marketing and advertising.  

  • Research Co-ordinator (Marketing)

  • Bill Donaldson

    Professor Donaldson is Marketing Research Co-ordinator in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media. His research interests are in areas such as Sales Management, Customer Relationship Management and Strategic Market Relationships.  

  • Research Co-ordinator (Communication and Media)

  • Robert Halsall

    Dr Halsall is a Reader and the Research Coordinator in Communication for the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media Research. His areas of research and teaching fall within the fields of cultural and critical theory, intercultural communication, semiotics, postmodern culture, and the aesthetics of media.  

  • Academic Staff

  • Ahmed Beloucif

    Dr Ahmed Beloucif

    Dr Beloucif is a Lecturer in Marketing and the Course Leader for MSc International Business. His research interests are in Corporate Failure and financial scandals.  

  • Sally Berrisford

    Sally Berrisford is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Pauline Bremner

    Pauline Bremner is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Cara Connell

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    Cara Connell is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Tim Conner

    Tim Conner is a Lecturer in the Communication, Marketing and Media department.  

  • Neil Connon

    Dr Neil Connon is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing. His research interests include the use of technology in retail and technology acceptance in small and medium businesses  

  • Isabella Crawford

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    Isabella Crawford is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Karen Cross

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    Karen Cross is a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Barbara Diack

    Barbara Diack is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and teaches in the area of fashion.  

  • Nicola Furrie

    Nicola Furrie is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and teaches the undergraduate modules in Communication Industries, Technology and Culture and Political Communication.  

  • Isabel Grant

    Isabel Grant is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and Course Leader for the full-time MBA.  

  • Morag Hamilton

    Dr Morag Hamilton is a Lecturer and leads the MSc Fashion Management course.  

  • Sarah Harper

    Sarah Harper is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and is Programme Leader for the MSc Journalism course.  

  • Jack Keenan

    Jack Keenan is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and Learning Enhancement Co-ordinator (Undergraduate).  

  • Simone Kurtzke

    Simone Kurtzke

    Dr Simone Kurtzke is a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and her main areas of teaching and research are digital and social media marketing.  

  • Audrey Laing

    Dr Audrey Laing is a Research Assistant in the Research Institute for Management, Governance and Society (IMaGeS).  

  • Craig Leith

    Craig Leith

    Craig is a lecturer in Tourism, Events and Hospitality as well as being Course leader for MSc International Tourism & Hospitality Management.  

  • John Linklater

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    John Linklater is a Lecturer in the Department of Communications, Marketing and Media.  

  • Grace Mackie

    Grace Mackie is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and her teaching interests lie in the areas of International Marketing, Consumer Behaviour and E-Marketing.  

  • Madeleine Marcella

    Lecturer in Fashion Management  

  • Andrew Martin

    Andrew Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Director of the Scottish Centre of Tourism (SCoT). His research interests are in general tourism issues, such as hotel & hospitality impacts on the economy.  

  • Aaron McIntosh

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    Aaron McIntosh is a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Carolyn McNicholas

    Carolyn McNicholas is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media and teaches in the areas of marketing, organisational marketing, consumer behaviour, international marketing, marketing communications and e-marketing.  

  • Sarah Pedersen

    Dr Sarah Pedersen

    Sarah Pedersen is a Professor in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media. Her interests are in Computer-mediated Communication; Women’s use of Media and the History of Publishing.  

  • Tracy Pirie

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    Tracy Pirie is a Research Assistant in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Elliot Pirie

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    Elliot Pirie is a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Marketing and Media.  

  • Jill Smith

    Jill Smith is Lecturer in the Communication, Marketing and Media department and teaches in the areas of Food & Beverage.  

  • Fiona Smith

    Dr Fiona Smith is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Media and Marketing. Her research interests include the Role of the Media in the Construction of Memory and Postmodern Theory.  

  • Jean Sutherland

    Jean Sutherland is a Lecturer in Marketing in the Communication, Marketing and Media department.  

  • Andrew Turnbull

    Andrew Turnbull is a Senior Lecturer at Aberdeen Business School. His research interests are in Tourism Marketing, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education and Retail marketing.  

  • News

    Department of Communication & Media News

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    1. 23, April, 2014 Baton relay marks countdown to the Aberdeen Youth Games

      The countdown to the inaugural Aberdeen Youth Games began this week with the start of a baton relay across the city.  

    2. 23, April, 2014 Track star urges students to apply early to get over the first financial hurdle

      Eilidh Child has urged students to submit applications to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).  

    3. 23, April, 2014 Lunchtime talk by printmaker Ade

      A rising star of the printmaking world will give a free lunchtime talk about his work on Friday, April 25 at 12.30pm.  

    4. 18, April, 2014 RGU Nutrition students get a taste of industry experience

      Students contribute to public health through food industry placements organised by the Scottish Food and Drink Federation.  

    Events

    1. 08, May, 2014 Professorial Lecture: Mr Kipling and Management: An Exceedingly Good Lecture

      Professorial Lecture to be delivered by Ken Russell, Associate Dean of Aberdeen Business School.  

    2. 23, May, 2014 MBA Leadership Week 2014

      MBA Leadership Week brings together our entire MBA programme cohort for an intensive combination of academic and practical workshops at Aberdeen Business School.  

    3. 21, June, 2014 Gray's School of Art Fashion Show

      Presenting the exceptional work, designed and made by our Fashion Design students.  

    4. 15, July, 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremony - Aberdeen Business School (2:30pm)

      Gavin McLean

      Ceremony for all Undergraduate courses (including Graduate Certificates) in Department of Management, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics  

    5. 16, July, 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremony - Aberdeen Business School (10:30am)

      Simone Barnett and Nicole Kennedy 2

      Ceremony for Undergraduate courses (including Graduate Certificates) in Department of Communication, Marketing and Media, Department of Law  

    6. 16, July, 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremony - Aberdeen Business School (2:30pm)

      Ceremony for ABS Postgraduate courses – All Departments. (including Diploma in Legal Practice & PgDip Prof Legal Practice, but not including Graduate Certificates)  

    7. 22, May, 2015 MBA Leadership Week 2015

      MBA Leadership Week brings together our entire MBA programme cohort for an intensive combination of academic and practical workshops at Aberdeen Business School.