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Michael Kirkup

01642 384083
Job title:
Senior Lecturer (Media Studies)
School of Computing, Media & the Arts
Computing, Media & the Arts research

About Michael Kirkup

Michael Kirkup

Michael Kirkup
Senior Lecturer (Media Studies), School of Computing, Media & the Arts
T: 01642 384083
Research: Computing, Media & the Arts research

Mike is the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Media Studies and before joining the University Mike worked in the independent film sector for 14 years as Education Manager and Film Programmer at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. He also worked for two years as a Freelance Film Education consultant, and taught on the film studies programmes at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities.

Mike has an MA in Film Studies from the University of Newcastle and his main areas of interest are British Cinema, 1960s Popular Music, Hitchcock, and classic horror cinema.


Mike has been module leader/tutor on the following modules;

European Cinema, European Histories 

Advertising as Mass Communication

Authorship & the Media

Contemporary Media Issues

Film Genre: Hollywood & Beyond...

Media Dissertation Project

He is currently teaching Lights Camera Action: The Language of Film (with Dr Stephanie Fremaux), Cultural Events Management and Media Texts in Context, and is collaborating on Put Another Dime in the Juke Box Baby: Popular Music, Society and Culture (with Dr Stephanie Fremaux) to be taught in 2015/16. 

Research interests

Film Studies/Film History (silent Cinema; genre; European Cinema; Hitchcock; classic horror/sci fi cinema)

Film Exhibition & Distribution

Popular Music History & Culture (particularly The Beatles & Bob Dylan/cultural & social contexts of pop music)


Kirkup, Mike; Amanda White & Ian Wall (1997) The Film Industry Pack: Exhibition Film Education, London

Kirkup, Mike `The Mysterious World of Film Distribution & Exhibition, In The Picture No.47, September 2003

Kirkup, Mike (2003) Representing History in Film, Online teaching resource, Film Education, London

Kirkup, Mike (2003) Bend it Like Beckham, Online teaching resource, Film Education, London

Kirkup, Mike (2004) Contemporary British Cinema: A Teacher's Guide & Classroom Resources Auteur Publishing, Leighton Buzzard

Kirkup, Mike `I've Been with the Professors...: Conference Report from the Seven Ages of Dylan' The Bridge, No 41, Summer 2011

Kirkup, Mike `Some Kind of Innocence...':The Beatles Monthly and the Fan Community, Popular Music History Journal, Equinox Publishing (due to be published in Spring 2015)

Kirkup, Mike. The Beatles Book: Marketing and Image-Making. The Beatles and their Audiences - Creativity, Reception, Interpretation.Equinox Publishing, United Kingdom. Aug 2016

Kirkup, Mike. `Talkin’ Sam Peckinpah Blues: Songs, Scores and Soundtracks in the 1970s’ in Film Music in the New Hollywood of the 1970s Routledge, Music and Screen Media Series (due to be published in 2016)

In the news

  • Teens hungry for slice of the action
    Evening Gazette, 10/04/2012, p.8
    The Hunger Games is the latest teen hit gripping Teesside, as young people flock to the cinema while book sales soar. Mike Kirkup, senior lecturer of media studies at Teesside University, said the boo

  • The Stones still rolling on
    The Journal, 02/07/2012, p.25; The Journal (Web), 02/07/2012
    Who could have predicted that half a century later the Rolling Stones would still be going while the beautiful art deco Odeon is now being prepared for demolition? Mike Kirkup, senior lecturer in medi