Dr Rhys Jones

Dr Rhys Jones lectures on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in digital media. He specialises in theory and brings to his teaching a breadth of expertise as a researcher, programmer and practitioner.

He is currently researching the history and current status of the Welsh language online, and has worked with public and private sector bodies as an engineer and adviser on language technology projects. He is a member of the management committee for Cyfrwng: Media Wales.

Mae Dr Rhys Jones yn darlithio ar fodiwlau israddedig ac uwchraddedig sy’n ymwneud â chyfryngau digidol. Ei arbenigedd yw theori, ac mae’n dwyn ar ystod o brofiad fel ymchwilydd, rhaglennydd ac ymarferwr.

Ar hyn o bryd mae’n ymchwilio i hanes a statws y Gymraeg ar-lein, a bu’n gweithio gyda chyrff cyhoeddus a phreifat yn beiriannydd ac ymgynghorwr ar brosiectau technoleg iaith. Mae’n aelod o bwyllgor rheoli Cyfrwng: Cyfryngau Cymru.


  1. 'Porn shock for dons' (and other stories from Welsh pre-web history). In Gerard Goggin and Mark McLelland (Ed.), Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories. New York: Routledge.
  2. & Twitter and the Welsh language. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 34(7), 653-671.
  3. Cilfachau electronig : geni'r Gymraeg ar-lein, 1989-1996. Cyfrwng 7, 21-36.
  4. & SALT Cymru project closure report. www.saltcymru.org
  5. & (2008). Acquiring Pronunciation Data for a Placenames Lexicon in a Less-Resourced Language. Presented at Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'08), Marrakech, Morocco: European Language Resources Association (ELRA).


  • MS-200 Theorising the Media

    The principle aim of the course is to enable examination of a diverse range of modern media theories to probe their relevance to our everyday lives: how far do they further our understanding of the role and influence of media and communication? Each lecture will assist in developing a critical perspective on a major theorist or major theme which binds together a school of thought. Every effort will be made to trace the evolution of theoretical perspectives as they emerge over time and to encompass the various foci which gain prominence as attention shifts from effects to reception, from indoctrination to active resistance and empowerment and the new postmodern information age holds sway.

  • MS-219 Studying Digital Media

    This module critically considers the development of digital media and introduces concepts central to the analysis of digital environments and their economical, social, cultural and political impact. It connects theory with practice by providing a grounded view of digital media and examining the forms of contestation that they produce.

  • MS-306 Digital Futures

    This module explores contemporary developments in digital media placing tham in socila, historical and political contexts.

  • MS-310 Dissertation Preparation

    This course introduces the practice of dissertation writing and research approaches for the study of media forms. texts and systems and their contribution to social life. It begins to explore the breadth of media studies through attention to the ways in which media matter. In what ways, and how significant are the media in the formation of individual identities and in the practices of everyday life? In the more public world, to what extent are media key to providing knowledge and enabling the debate necessary to the practices of democracy? The course enables students to build on their own experiences of media as consumers and users. But it also encourages critical attention to how the field of media studies has historically been forged: through argument and contestation between different academic approaches and disciplines.

  • MS-311 Dissertation

    This dissertation enables students to engage in long term, in-depth research on a topic of their choice subject to the approval of the Department.

  • MSDM01 The Digital Revolution

    Through close analysis of digital media/new media texts, this module will examine the theoretical and practical issues of new media technologies and the implications for social, political and economic spheres.

  • MSDM03 The Digital Edge: Contemporary Issues and Trends

    Through an examination of the contemporary issues that are the cutting edge of digital technologies, this module will examine the implications and possible future of new media technologies.

  • MSDM04 The Business and Politics of Digital Media

    This module explores, examines and develops theoretical frameworks for examining the business and politics of digital media, and applied these in various contemporary case studies.


  • Young People, Media and Social Activism: A case study of Occupy Central Movement 2014 in Hong Kong. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu
    Other supervisor: Dr Rhys Jones
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Ms Nicola Vaughan
    Other supervisor: Dr Rhys Jones

Administrative Responsibilities

  • College Representative for SAILS - http://www.swansea.ac.uk/the-university/world-class/widening-access/swanseaacademyofinclusivityandlearnersupport/

    2014 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2013 2013 Welsh Medium Provision Coordinator Swansea University
2008 2012 Teaching Fellow in Digital Media (Welsh language) Swansea University
2005 2008 Research Officer and Project Manager Language Technologies Unit, Bangor University
2001 2005 Programmer and Systems Manager Rockfield Software, Swansea

External Responsibilities