ProfileSylvia Harvey

Sylvia is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, with research interests in film and broadcasting policy. She taught film and media at various British universities including 23 years at Sheffield Hallam University, and is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Lincoln. She obtained her PhD in film studies at the Motion Picture-Television Division of the University of California, Los Angeles, returning to Britain in 1975 to teach film studies in the North East of England where she was also involved in setting up a regional association of film and television teachers. She was subsequently Secretary and then Chair of the national Association of Media, Film and Television Studies, predecessor of MeCCSA. In the 1980s she served as a member of the British Film Institute’s Production Board, Higher Education Grants Committee and Regional Production Fund and also as a member of the Arts Council’s national Advisory Committee on Film, Video and Broadcasting.

In the early 1990s she was seconded to work as Media Advisor to Sheffield City Council Department of Employment and Economic Development where she worked with others to establish a Media Development Fund, a Cultural Industries Quarter and a four-screen independent cinema. She served for two terms on the Board of Yorkshire Arts and for some thirteen years as Deputy Chair of the Board of the Sheffield Media and Exhibition Centre (Showroom/Workstation). For two years she served as a staff governor on the Board of Sheffield Hallam University. She was also a founder member of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and served as a Board member from 1993 to 2013. She is currently a Trustee of the national Voice of the Listener and Viewer (, a member of the Royal Television Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and served as Chair of the Citizens’ Coalition for Public Service Broadcasting (CCPSB) from 2009-10.

From 2000-2005 she was Principal Associate Director of the  Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Centre for British Film and Television Studies, responsible for the strand of research on public policy and national identity. Her publications include May ’68 and Film Culture; a contribution to Women in Film Noir; Trading Culture: Global Traffic and Local Cultures in Film and Television; Enterprise and Heritage: Cross Currents of National Culture;The Nations, the Regions and the BBC (these last two as co-editor). She has written about the history and role of Channel 4; and about the organisation and regulation of broadcasting in the following edited collections The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History; Toward a Political Economy of Culture (eds. Calabrese and Sparks); Blackwell’s A Companion to Television (ed. Wasko) available through Google books; and about British film policy and the regulatory body Ofcom in the journals Screen and Political Quarterly.

Originally Deputy Chair 17 January 1990 – 3 July 2003

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