Dr Paul Reilly

Senior Lecturer in Social Media and Digital Society

MA (St Andrews), PhD (Glasgow)


Paul Reilly


+44 (0)114 222 2647

I am module coordinator for two modules: INF6034 Digital Advocacy and INF6545 Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation (Distance Learning). I have also contributed lectures to several modules including SCS6078 Researching Digital Society, INF6400 Information Systems and the Information Society, and INF6025 Information Governance. I am jointly coordinate the School’s Learning and Teaching Coach scheme with Dr. Peter Stordy.

My teaching focuses upon the role of social media in contemporary activist and protest campaigns, the role of ICTs in peacebuilding initiatives, and the communication strategies deployed by key stakeholders (e.g. police, fire and rescue services) during human-made and natural disasters. I have achieved a number of teaching awards and qualifications over the past five years.


JISC 50 most influential UK Higher Education professionals using social media (awarded October 2015)
Leicester Students’ Union Superstar Award (awarded May 2015)
University of Leicester Teaching Fellowship (awarded January 2014)

Qualifications & Accreditations

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (July 2015)
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (Distinction, awarded March 2013)
Fellow, Higher Education Academy (November 2012)

Teaching Projects

Screencasts in Engineering, University of Leicester Teaching Enhancement Fund, £2002.00 (Co-Investigator, Primary Investigator, Hugo Williams).

The right blend? The use of Blackboard to support postgraduate dissertation students University of Leicester Teaching Enhancement Fund, £760 (PI)

Assessing the use of Screencasts in the teaching and learning of media and communication studies (2012), University of Leicester Teaching Enhancement Fund, £1336.40 (PI)

For more information on these projects, see www.screencastsinmediastudies.wordpress.com