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MEA Meeting, 17/07/2018 – Minutes

Held at The English and Media Centre


from Michelle Cannon, Rebecca Morris, Jon Wardle, Graham Panton, Sarah Webster and Oli Rosen.

Minutes of the last meeting

JP gave a brief summary of the MEA AGM Minutes which set the ‘scene’ for the main discussion points of this meeting which I have tried to capture.

Formation of the Executive, specific roles, and the MEA offer

SQ discussed potential roles within the exec and also made clear that all executive meeting are open to all members and people may wish to do ad hoc tasks for the MEA or shadow roles.

Potential Roles
  • Chair – John Potter (but happy to stand down/ offer support to an incoming chair)
  • Vice Chair- Jenny Grahame
  • Secretary – Melissa Lowndes
  • Treasurer – Symon Quy
  • Research – Steve Connelly
  • Comms/ Website – Michelle Thomason and Andy Phillipson
  • Exam Board Liason across all exam boards – Graham Panton (absent)
  • Regional Groups ( pilot Wales)- Sarah Webster (absent)

Maintenance of the MEA website and communications

A detailed exploration of the role of social media presence and the website was had. It was agreed that the website needed a redesign taking into account its purpose. The potential for curation of the various Facebook groups related to exam boards was explored. It was decided that we needed to find out who the membership were online. There was also potential for a scoping exercise for re-design and hosting.

Future strategy


  • Research
    • Steve Connelly talked about a range of ideas:
      • Reporting cutting edge research
      • Collating info from different sites
      • A portal or link
      • Regional groups
      • A framework for media
  • National and International links
    • We have had enquiries from other subject organisations
    • IAME have asked us to affiliate with them and it was agreed we would
  • Partnership in events
    • Link with existing activities but with MEA branding input, etc:
      • Ofcom DB and JM
      • American Embassy
      • IB
      • Community Media Association
      • British educational research association
      • Focus on getting media back into English ( work with NATE) #mediainenglish
      • UKLA
      • Digital Literacy SIG
      • Grassroots – media undergraduates in schools
  • Other ideas
    • Grow web presence
    • Be transparent about the re-launch
    • Carry out some research into the MEA member
    • Seek funding – bidding and running events for profit
    • Provision for regional seminars
    • Alternate weekday/ weekend MEA meetings

Finances (Symon Quy)

SQ outlined the current finances which stand at just under £9000. Expenditure is less than a £1000 a year which predominantly covers funding for catering at meetings, TeachMeets and the website domain and hosting costs. Symon has now changed the signatories over as the new treasurer and is in the process of tidying up the names on the account.

Action Points

SQ to scope website redesign and relaunch
JP to arrange for MEA to affiliate to LAME
SC – explore BARE
MT and AP – explore twitter and facebook group traffic for exam boards and MEA Twitter feed.
JG- Investigate who has the twitter password for MEA
ML – to start a doodle poll for the next meeting

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