Ms Beverley Cooper-Chambers

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: Leicester Media School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

A professional background as a media pioneer breaking new ground in Black media as the publisher or editor of national newspapers or international magazine for the Black community on a global platform. Returning to education as a mature student to complete a BA Film and Media was so moved by the power of television and social engineering went on to pursue an MA in Television Scriptwriting. The dissertation focused on the critical evaluation of the underlying factors that cause the portrayal of British Caribbean families on British television to appear stereotypical. During this study and the direct interaction with Gatekeepers in the television industry, the need for an innovative approach which would allow Black creatives fair and consistent access to a national and global audience that reaches Black British people, the continent of Africa, to the Caribbean and to the Black Diaspora 24/7, 365 days. This study provided the inspiration for the practice-based PhD research.

Research group affiliations

Media Discourse Centre (MDC)

Publications and outputs and Beverley Cooper-Chambers | A Pioneering Media Spirit

Research interests/expertise

Black Media, Black History, Television, Broadcasting, Digital magazine production

Areas of teaching

Digital and Print Magazine & Newspaper production, Black History, Black Media and Television


  • BA (Hon) Film and Media, Birkbeck College, University of London.
  • MA Television Scriptwriting, (Distinction), De Montfort University (DMU). 
  • Professional Membership of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB).
  • Student Membership of the Royal Society of Television (RTS).
  • Professional Membership of the Social History Society (SHS)
  • Association of Christian Journalists (Russia, 2005)

Honours and awards

The research has been awarded a fee-waiver bursary from the Faculty of Computer, Engineering and Media.

Conference attendance

Black History Month 2018 
Black Women in Media
Media Discourse Group at De Montfort University 
What's Happening in Black British History - November 2018 
Beverley Cooper-Chambers (De Montfort University, Leicester) Fictive Kin, Windrush families and Television drama - a new approach.
Senate House, University of London

27 February 2019
Film and Q&A on Generation Revolution
hosted by the Media Discourse Group at De Montfort University.
Chair: Beverley Cooper-Chambers.

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PhD project


Using *Invisible as an example, how can a Black-Bri+sh Owned Global Media Network emerge, and address, and resolve the complex concerns of people of colour?


The research is groundbreaking in terms of innovation in production and creativity and in Black Studies. Using 'Invisible', a television series which puts Black characters back into British history this PhD project builds Onyx, the television network that will provide a global platform for Black creativity and originality to flourish through the lens of a Black experience and framework. It documents the challenges and opportunities that lead to the launch of Onyx and provides a living blueprint for future networks. The work brings wider business and partnership benefits for DMU's development.

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