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Dr Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu

Job: Associate Professor

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: Leicester Media School

Research group(s): Media Discourse Group (MDG)

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

T: 0116 250 6439



Personal profile

Dr Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu is a former BBC radio journalist and is now Programme Leader for Broadcast Journalism and Associate Head for Leicester Media School at De Montfort University. She also is one of the lead members on the Decolonising DMU Project which aims to examine and understand the challenges BAME students face in Higher Education. She teaches practical radio and contextual modules about journalism, audiences and the creative industries . Her research specialisms are race, journalism, public service broadcasting, radio studies and ethnic media.  

She was awarded her doctorate in Media and Communication in 2019. This focused primarily on minority ethnic media workers working within public service broadcasting. She is a member of the Media Discourse Centre at DMU, and is a member of the MeCCSA Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Network, and was the Deputy Chair of the group between January 2016 and January 2019.

Research group affiliations

Media Discourse Centre

MeCCSA Race, Ethnicity and Post Colonial Network

MeCCSA Radio Studies Network 

Key research outputs

The Asian Network The Cultural Production of Diversity, 2021, Palgrave Macmillan

Producing Diversity in BBC Radio, Radio Journal:Studies in Broadcast and Audio, vol 18 Issue 1, 2020 

The BBC Asian Network, the search for younger digital listeners in Ethnic Media in the Digital Age (2019) eds Sherry Yu and Mathew Matsaganis



Research interests/expertise

Journalism, race and diversity, Public Service Broadcasting, radio studies

Areas of teaching

Radio Journalism, audience studies, creative industries strucutres and employment and activism journalism 


De Montfort University, PhD, Journalism and Audiences, 2019

De Montfort University, Post Gradate Certificate in Higher Education 2013

City University, Post Graduate Diploma Broadcast Journalism (2001)

Bsc (hons) Politics and History Brunel University, 2000

Courses taught

Journalism, Broadcast Journalism,  Media & Communication

Membership of external committees

Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Network (REaPN), MeCCSA

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow HEA

Forthcoming events


Conference attendance


Future of Journalism, Cardiff 2021. conference paper: Enabling Student to decolonise change through Journalism Practice  with Dr Giuliana Tiripelli   

 Association of Journalism Education, 2021 conference paper: Decolonising Journalism


ECREA, Radio Research Conference, September, 2019, Sienna University

Conference Paper, How BBC producers conceive, visualise and construct a distinctive audience

Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies (CAMEO), University of Leicester, September 2019

Conference Paper: Producing Diversity in BBC Radio,

 Discourses of Immigration and Citizenship from Windrush to Brexit, DMU June 2019, Conference paper: Framing the Nation

 Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Stirling University, January 2019

Race Panel: The Image of Muslims in the Creative Industries: Racism and Representation


Recent research outputs

The BBC Asian Network The cultural production of diversity (2021) Palgrave Macmillan

Consultancy work

I undertake EDI consultancy work and have recently completed a project for the London FA

Current research students

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Project - Assessing the Zee TV archives  - Kiran Khan