Cinema and Television History (CATH)
The Centre was opened by Ken Loach in March 2010 following the strong performance of Communications, Media and Cultural Studies at De Montfort University in RAE 2008. The panel commented: ‘Through its publications, the department has a substantial presence and reputation, particularly in the study of British cinema and television.’ Since then, the Centre has broadened its scope, and now also has considerable strength in American and European film. Our approach is distinctive in being mainly grounded in the methodologies of historical research, but includes work on contemporary policy, media texts, political economy and cultural and social impact.
In REF 2014, the CATH Centre came first in its panel in terms of ‘world-leading’ (4*) research outputs. Almost half of the Centre's outputs received this rating. 100 per cent of the Centre’s Impact and 90 per cent of its environment was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ These achievements reaffirm the Centre’s reputation as a globally significant focal point for the study of British cinema and television.
The Centre is part of the Leicester Media School, and has cross-disciplinary links to both Humanities and Technology and particularly to the Centre for Adaptations. We also emphasise strongly the importance of external partnerships with other universities and significant organisations within the wider culture of film and television in Britain and beyond.