Loughborough University London welcomes new Institute for Media and Creative Industries Director

Professor Thomas Tufte has been appointed as Director for the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London.

Professor Tufte is an internationally leading scholar in the field of communication for social change. His expertise and experience lie in critically exploring the interrelations between media production, communicative practices and processes of social and structural change.

Between 1992 and 2017, Professor Tufte has led seven international research projects in his field and has sat on numerous editorial boards. Professor Tufte has worked in approximately 30 countries worldwide and has collaborated with a broad range of international development corporations including UNICEF, UNESCO, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Professor Tufte works in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Danish and his current research collaborations span countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Europe. Professor Tufte is well acquainted with teaching in many different cultural settings having throughout his career taught as well as developed curricula in communication for development and social change. He has taught modules on postgraduate programmes in Albania, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Mozambique, Paraguay, South Africa, Sweden, and the UK.

David Deacon, Dean of Loughborough University London, said:

We are delighted to appoint Professor Thomas Tufte to join us as the Director of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries. His excellence in the field and extensive teaching experience will be a positive addition to the University.

Further information about Professor Thomas Tufte and his research can be found by visiting his staff profile.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.