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Academic Biography

Mike was the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Media Studies course from 2008 to 2018, 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 Studies Dissertation
  • Media Texts in Context
  • Media Audiences
  • Contemporary Media Industries
  • Lights Camera Action: The Language of Film
  • Popular Music, Culture & Society
  • Professional Development and Careers


Summary of 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)

Academic Biography


`More Than Just the Media: Embedding Professional Development and Employability in Media Studies' (with Dr Christa Van Raalte), -Learning and Teaching Conference, Teesside University, 2010


`From Arthouse to Picturehouse: Cultural Cinema Exhibition in the UK, 1920-2010' - North East Regional Film Seminar, University of Northumbria, 2010


`The Word is More Than Love: The Beatles as Pop Authors' (with Dr Stephanie Fremaux), LitPop Conference, University of Northumbria, 2012


`Nothing Is Real: The Great Beatles Moustache Conspiracy', Love Me Do: The Beatles at 50 Conference, University of Loughborough, 2012


`Well Respected Revolutionaries: The Kinks as 60s Social Commentators', School of Design, Media and the Arts English Research Seminar, Teesside University, 2017

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cinema Social Sciences
resources Social Sciences
genre Social Sciences
university teacher Social Sciences
statistics Social Sciences
classroom Social Sciences
school Social Sciences
education Social Sciences

Research Output 1997 2019

The Beatles Book: Marketing and Image-making

Kirkup, M., 2019, (In preparation) The Beatles and Their Audiences: Creativity, Reception, Interpretation (Understanding The Beatles - Volume 2). p. -

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

Voices Out of Nowhere: Cry Baby Cry & the Ghosts of Childhood

Kirkup, M. & Goodhall, M. (ed.), 2018, The Beatles. Headpress Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

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‘Some kind of innocence’: The Beatles Monthly and the fan community

Kirkup, M., 25 Jun 2015, In : Popular Music History. 9, 1, p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
The Beatles
Social Context
Academic Research
Historical Context

Nothing is real: The Great Beatles Moustache Conspiracy

Kirkup, M., 2012.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

'I've Been With the Professors..' The Seven Ages of Dylan Conference Report

Kirkup, M., Jul 2011, The Bridge, 40.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

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