Q&A with Han Phan (Alumni 2017-2018)

Here is the lasted alumni Q&A with Han Phan.

Han Phan

1.Why did you choose GMM at WSA/University of Southampton?
Long story shorthaving thought that I wanted to pursue photography after a year of doing Art & Design Foundation Diploma, I took on a challenge and applied for BA (Hons) Film Production. Simply because I wanted to learn as much as I could about the media industry. After completing my BA Degree, I realised that I didn’t want to just focus on film, when I’m also interested in photography, design and marketing. At that time, I didn’t know such a course as Global Media Management existed. When I discovered it, I just felt as though this was the course designed for me. I knew what direction I wanted to approach for my career path and this course was the course that got me there. 

2.What are you currently doing?
I’m currently a Content Manager at Rice Creative, a strategic branding and design studio in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We create strategy, communication, and products for commercial and cultural clients. We believe that powerful and compelling design can transform brands, give shape to extraordinary stories and make positive impacts.

3. In what ways does your time on GMM and at WSA/University of Southampton help you with this?
Firstly, the research skills I’ve acquired from this course has helped me to discover and analyse current global media trends and practices. Secondly, by applying the theoretical knowledge into practice, I’ve been able to think, plan and execute with a critical and strategic approach in order to come up with a well-rounded solution for a creative problem. Furthermore, the group projects I took part of have supported me in improving my leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Last but not least, this course has also taught me how to utilise new media tools to best communicate different messages and engage with different identities around the world. 

I could write an essay on how this course has helped me with my current profession. One thing I really took away from this course is realising how I can use my creative skills and social media to communicate topics I deeply care about. I hope whatever your focus is on this course, you’ll be able to take away something too. 

4. Advice to current GMM students
Take it seriously. This does not mean you can’t have fun. This course is all about exploring and learning new perspectives. 

Help one another and be supportive, especially in group discussions or projects.

Identify your future career path and begin working towards it. This will help to shape the outcomes of your final project.

Travel when you can, as it’s the only way you can truly understand the people and culture in the UK.

Learn from your lecturers. Engage and participate in conversations with them. The lecturers and tutors at GMM were the best guidance I could ever ask for. They have made my time there so much more valuable.

Learn from your peers. Get to know different perspectives and go in with an open mind. 



Congratulations and farewell GMM class 2018-19

It was a lovely sunny day for our end of year celebrations and farewell for the GMM class of 2018-19. We gathered in the Rotunda for tea, coffee and cake, and the opportunity to explore the group projects from semester 2. There were also (lots of) photographs …

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Teaching Media Management: A Curriculum Development

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The MA in Global Media Management at the University of Southampton features in Teaching Media Management: A Curriculum Development. More information on the publisher’s website:

Media Management as a relatively new discipline has been taught in various universities and higher education institutes world-wide. However, no integrated approach has been observed towards this area of interest, about how it must be taught, both in structure and in content. This program is taught in both management and communication faculties in different universities. Some conduct this program with an operational approach, while others teach it in a very theoretical manner. Teaching courses also vary from university to university.

This book reports a collective effort on review of media management programs in universities worldwide and development of a modern and updated curriculum for M.A and PhD students of media management in the University of Tehran. The findings have been authored as this book seeks to provide a comprehensive insight about the status of media management in different universities worldwide. It also presents the most recent curriculum development that has been done through a thorough and time consuming revision in the department of media management in the University of Tehran. The authors hope that this book will be considered as a guideline for universities and institutes of higher education to revise or realign their programs of media management.

Looking Back on the ‘Technologies of Gender’ Symposium

The annual GMM symposium (this year co-hosted with the iPIC research group) was once again a success, forging interactions across departments, disciplines and areas of expertise, and engaging students in the research culture at Winchester School of Art. Over 42 people pre-registered via Eventbrite, and we had more than 60 attendees at the symposium throughout the day, including students of the MA Global Media Management, further students from the University of Southampton, research and teaching staff at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and a few neighbouring institutions, including University of Winchester and University College London. There were ten speakers throughout the day, addressing topics across several disciplines and themes related to ‘Technologies of Gender’. The complete programme can be found at this link. Isabel Lopez, who spoke about online abuse, gender, and the Internet of Things, has kindly made her slides available (click here to download).

A number of GMM students were actively involved in the symposium, which included a student-led panel with presentations from Paola Peyret Boek, Bingqing Qian, and Weike Zhong. This was followed by a Q&A chaired by a GMM respondent, Tom Carey. Two students were also involved in the communication of the event, via Twitter and through photography and videography. The social media manager was Yaqiong Li, a postgraduate student in Global Media Management. She took charge of the GMM Twitter account, with guidance from her tutor, Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé. The hashtag #GenderTech19, which was created for attendees to share their observations and reflections on the symposium, saw a lot of traffic!

Yuqin Xiong, another postgraduate student at GMM, was responsible for morning photographs. In addition, Yuqin Xiong filmed and edited a video about the symposium, with assistance from her tutor, Dr. Estrella Sendra. Afternoon photographs were also by Dr Estrella Sendra.

A final student, Yue Xia, designed and distributed Audience Feedback Forms. The resulting report and findings are available to download at this link. The symposium was organised and chaired by three tutors of the MA in Global Media Management: Dr Mihaela Brebenel, Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé, and Dr Estrella Sendra. Its theme was curated in line with the MA annual theme of ‘Gender and Technology’, and the symposium was preceded by a series of related activities and events, as part of the MA Global Media Management, and the iPIC research group at WSA.

We had a wonderful time at the 2019 GMM symposium, and are already looking forward to next year’s iteration!

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Berlin digital agency UFOMAMMOOT

On Thursday 16th May in Lecture Theatre B WSA @ 4pm, Berlin digital agency UFOMAMMOOT are visiting as part of their tour of various locations across Europe and the UK to showcase their work and talk to and with world leading practitioners and institutes. 

The work involves innovative motion design, interaction design and experimental marketing for brands such as Adidas, Mini, Universal, eBayNetflix, Nikon and more the work and campaigns utilising a host of digital technology and engagement not limited to physical and web work but also experiments within the spaces of VR and AR. 

All are welcome to hear more from this studio and possibly connect for internships and more. This is a one off event while they are in the country and WSA is one of a few institutes they will be visiting. 

You can see more at their website 


(Thanks to Adam Procter, Games Design)

Journal Rappé: Innovative Media Initiatives from the Youth and Urban Arts to Contest Hegemony and Challenge Power in Senegal (8th May)


Wednesday 8 May 2019, 11 am – 1 PM in SR 8&9, WSA

The ‘Transforming Creativity’ Research Group and Global Media Management Programme at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton present

Journal Rappé: Innovative Media Initiatives from the Youth and Urban Arts to Contest Hegemony and Challenge Power in Senegal

Guest Speaker: Keyti (Journal Rappé, Dakar, Senegal)

Chaired by Dr Estrella Sendra Fernández

Founded in 2013 by Xuman and Keyti, two leading rappers in Senegal, Journal Rappé is a news broadcasting programme where presenters and correspondents rap the news stories. This combination of a history of hip-hop and the opportunities of new technologies constitutes a key example of the vibrant creativity but also of the social commitment of youth in Senegal. Its transmedia format, disseminated across multiple platforms (radio, TV and the Internet) offers a space where to contest hegemonic media and political discourses. It has fostered a new “citizen-artist journalism” with in-depth commentaries on political, social and economic issues, that challenges the boundaries between art, activism, journalism and digital media.


This masterclass departs from the exiting forms of power in Senegal, politics, media, religion, traditional structures, to then explain the way in which Journal Rappé serves as a form of contestation all those hegemonic discourses thanks to its innovative format. Through a thorough curation of news concerning the Senegalese population, particularly, Journal Rappé re-claims power through the creation of power from alternative media, through music, digital media and activism. Finally, it reflects on the impact this rapped news broadcasting programme has been having and the kind of topics addressed in order to counter-act the mainstream Senegalese and “Western” media hegemonic discourses.


About Keyti:

Keyti’s name is associated with the beginnings of hip-hop in Senegal since he is part of the first generation that established the genre as a mean of contestation for the Senegalese youth. After more than 10 years going on stage, Keyti is nowadays more active into educational programs for young marginalized people like YUMA (Youth Urban Media Akademy) destined to juvenile ex-convicts. All the while he has launched since 4 years now a successful online news bulletin with another well-respected rapper, Xuman, called Journal Rappé. Delivered in music and in rhymes, Journal Rappé’s main goal is to encourage young Senegalese to engage into politics more and puts forward ideas of good governance, participative democracy and citizenship, youth education, etc.

Keyti and his partner Xuman are on their fourth season this year.


Outside Keyti’s music activities as co-founder of Journal Rappé, a program that delivers news in a rap format, he is also known for his commitment to education, especially with marginalized groups like youth and juvenile convicts.  He has worked on the Prison Tour, a creative program involving creative writing courses for detainees in 2010 and 2012.  Since 2014, he is mentors and teaches French and English to 14 juvenile ex-convicts for six months every year through the Youth Urban Media Akademy (YUMA) project with Africulturban.  


For more information, please contact Dr Estrella Sendra Fernández:


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