Mrs Sian Rees

Sian Rees is a Senior Lecturer at Swansea University specialising in public relations, marketing and branding. She is Deputy Head of the Department of Languages, Translation and Communication, Undergraduate Programme Director for Media & Communication and Programme Director of the MA Communication, Media Practice & PR. She was delighted to lead the Media & Communication team to a 15% improvement in NSS scores in 2015 and to win the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in July 2011.

During her London-based industry career Sian worked for Michael Heseltine’s Haymarket Publishing organisation as Publishing Director for the Stuff and What Hi-Fi? Group of magazines and was managing director of her own marketing and PR consultancy. Industry experience has included developing and implementing strategic PR and marketing campaigns for the FMCG, retail, entertainment, medical, education and technology sectors. Sian also worked as Strategic Marketing Manager here at Swansea University prior to lecturing.

Sian has recently taken on the role of Director of Employability for the College of Arts and Humanities and has previously introduced a variety of work placement schemes into media and communication. She is now working to share this knowledge across the College.

Sian writes academically on authenticity in branding in the digital media age. She has presented her research at Bournemouth, Trinity St David’s and Swansea Universities.

Teaching

  • HUA207 Business & Entrepreneurship

    Using an innovative approach to teaching and learning students `play¿ a business simulation game and prepare a written assignment based on their `experience¿ of setting up and running a business. One initial lecture sets out how to play the simulation and the assignment. Supporting lectures, provided by various guest speakers and the module coordinator, introduce students to the real experience of different key areas of setting up a business such as sales and marketing, employing staff and managing finance. A number of lectures will also be given by real-life entrepreneurs. Students work in teams reflecting and responding to the decisions they have made, and there is also an individual essay component.

  • MS-100 Introduction to Media Communication

    The module will consider approaches to the study of media and communication which focus variously on institutions, technologies, texts, audiences and policy issues. It will also introduce discussion of what power or powers are wielded through use of media in our culture The module builds to an examination of the effects of new media technologies on 'co-present' and interpersonal communication. The module provides a detailed consideration of media institutions, media 'texts' and media audiences. Here it will focus on issues surrounding the analysis of the power of media institutions; the interpreting or 'reading' of media 'texts'; the study of how media are used and interpreted by audiences/consumers; and attempts by the state and other policy agencies to use, control and censor the media. Finally, basic issues in the implications of the 'new media'/media convergence will be addressed. Please note, students are also expected to attend four film screenings.

  • 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-229 Professional Development: Preparing for Work

    This module is mandatory for all students who have enrolled or transferred on to the BA Media & Communication or BA Public Relations and Media or BA Cyfryngau a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus Year in Industry Placement programmes. It is also open to all media and communication single and joint honours students. The module provides students with the context to critically engage with and access relevant industrial experiences and practices to help develop an understanding of how to gain employment within a professional working environment. Theory lectures and interactive workshops will help prepare students for working as part of a company or institution, as well as working as a freelance. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites required to gain, enter and progress effectively through an organizational placement within the media and communication industries or to secure employment in the media and communication industries. Learners will be introduced to: - CV writing, cover letters and application processes - Understanding skill sets and how to match skills to employers' needs - Finding employment and how to research the job market - Assessment centres and interview techniques (how to pitch yourself and be successful) - Workplace fundamentals and Intellectual Property / Confidentiality awareness - Workplace behaviours and expectations - Key employability skills and how to get the most from the placement - How to develop an online presence and how to promote a professional profile - Year in Industry placements ¿ what they are, how to search and how to apply for them.

  • 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.

  • MS-M10 Dissertation

    An innovative practice-based alternative to a Masters dissertation. Students are encouraged to develop projects across more than one area of media practice and to do so with dual supervision that embraces both theory and practice. Work produced should be at a professional level, accompanied by a reflective essay and presentation exploring the contextual, theoretical and practical issues raised by the project.

  • MS-M11 MA Project and Dissertation Preparation

    This core module comprehensively prepares students for their Master¿s project or dissertation, which is an integral part of the requirements for the degree. It incorporates several key themes and issues across the communications, media practice and PR industries. It is a challenging, and stimulating module ¿ both for professional practitioners and those new to communications and media practice. The module encourages students to unite theory and practice in productive ways. It introduces students to a number of important research and project management methods essential for undertaking a successful project or dissertation.

  • MS-M13 PR, Branding and Promotion

    The PR, Branding and Promotion module provides a critical overview of the role of public relations and branding practice within contemporary society. It examines best practice across a variety of PR disciplines, whilst simultaneously critiquing the impact of PR and its role within industry, consumer culture and the market place of ideas. In addition the module explores the process of brand creation and promotion and considers how organisations develop and protect brands. The module will appeal to those new to PR and branding, but wishing to broaden their understanding of the creative disciplines, whilst also providing experienced students with a strategic stepping-stone to further their ability to apply best practice.

  • MS-X211 MS-X211 City University, Hong Kong

    This module is delivered at City University Hong Kong, for those students who partipate in an Exchange Programme

  • MS-X212 MS-X212 City University, Hong Kong

    This module is delivered at City University Hong Kong, for those students who partipate in an Exchange Programme

  • MSP100R Public Relations: Strategic Communications

    Public Relations is a rapidly developing industry, but it remains a challenge for both academics and practitioners to distinguish between those activities which are classed specifically as PR and those that might be determined to be promotion. This introductory module considers definitions of PR and promotion as well as PR theories and history. Providing students with a mixture of theory and practice, the module examines techniques used for PR and promotion and teaches students the fundamentals of creating a promotional campaign. Students will be introduced to specific techniques such as campaign planning, writing a press release and developing creative campaign ideas. Particular emphasis is placed on media relations and the role that PR plays in influencing news agendas and public opinion.

  • MSP200R Public Relations Theory

    There are a number of scholars who are exploring public relations and developing a body of literature that documents PR as an influential force in society. Much of the theory considers the impact this kind of organisational communication has on our world views. This module, through a series of rich and contemporary case studies, considers some of the social, cultural and political consequences of PR, using cultural, rhetorical and systems perspectives as an evaluative framework. The module will also investigate the role of public realtions in political democracy, and the public sphere, and how issue management can be used to change and shape public opinion. The regulatory codes which govern the industry are examined, along with the ethical considerations that practitioners face in terms of social and coporate responsibility. Accountability of the individual practitioner is also considered. Some theories of the related disciplines (marketing, advertising, corporate design) will be unpackaged to locate PR in the context of 'corporate communication'. The impact of new media technology on PR practices and thinking will be also explored.

  • MSP201R Digital Public Relations Practice

    The Digital Public Relations Practice module will introduce students to the skills and knowledge required to develop and deliver a successful public relations campaign, using a series of practical exercises. Despite having a practical focus, the module will also conentrate on public relations at a strategic and management level, so that students can use theory to enhance the crdibility of their practical work. The practical work will simulate a PR consultancy environment and students will experience the roles, responsibilities, organisational structures, protocol and briefings required for creating and running an effective public relations campaign within a new media digital environment. The module will: - introduce the strategies and tactics used in public relations - highlight the importance of market research techniques to PR - introduce and explain the use of digital tactical public relations tools - develop the skills required to build a successful digital campaign - provide an understanding of digital media relations in practice

  • MSP300R Strategy, Marketing and Branding

    This module provides an advanced level introduction to the theories, principles and practical techniques required for effective, integrated marketing and branding campaigns. The key stages in marketing campaign will be explored and attention will be paid to how marketing links to the creation and management of effective brands. Students will investigate the branding of major companies and the challenge this poses for PR and marketing campaigns. Campaigns will be examined using case studies covering a variety of sectors. Branding theory and practice will be examined as a key nexus for both PR and marketing campaigns, enabling students to develop the skills to critically evaluate good and bad practice in order to themselves produce effective creative project work.

  • MSS312 Media & Communication Internship

    The students will spend a minimum of 50 hours on an internship placement within a local 'host' organization. This may be in any one of a number of commercial or public sector organisations, but the placement will focus on media and communications work experience. All placements will be formally arranged and monitored regularly by staff from Swansea University. The placement will be assessed on the basis of three academic assignments: a CV and application letter (20%), a 2,000 word essay on the role and nature of the creative media and promotional industries (50%) and a 1,500 word reflective account and photo diary of the tasks undertaken on the placement in blog format (30%).

Supervision

  • The Use of Public Relations Communication Techniques in Raising Awareness about Brest Cancer in Saudi Arabia and the UK. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Joanna Rydzewska
    Other supervisor: Mrs Sian Rees
  • An exploration of media and public relations strategies used by Saudi Charities and their role in building mutual trust. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Joanna Rydzewska
    Other supervisor: Mrs Sian Rees
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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mrs Sian Rees
    Other supervisor: Dr Joanna Rydzewska