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AMES is a non-profit organisation and registered charity (Scottish Charity number: SC 029408). It is funded through membership subscriptions as well as subscriptions to the Media Education Journal. As a charity, AMES is overseen by OSCR and examined by an Independent Examiner.


AMES organizes an annual conference around important questions of media education, theory and practice. The AMES AGM takes place at the end of the annual conference. The AGM elects a Management Committee to organize the day to day running of the Association.


AMES’ activities and organization are directed by its Constitution.


The aims of the association are:

  • To represent the interests of, and raise the status of, media education in general and Media Studies as a discipline.

  • To lobby government and public bodies on behalf of media education and respond to initiatives from the Scottish Government and local education authorities.

  • To provide a coherent and proactive voice for media teachers and others participating in current and future educational reform.

  • To disseminate information about media education. To achieve this, AMES works in partnership with the higher education sector in, for example, co-producing issues of the Media Education Journal.

  • To provide opportunities for members' personal development through examples of good practice which enhance and promote the teaching and learning of Media Studies.

  • To advocate the importance of media education in the public domain and to defend media education from misleading coverage in the press about media education.

  • To provide a forum for the views and experiences of those teaching media and to offer a means of addressing their resource needs.

  • To develop reciprocal links with media industries and involve practitioners from the media industries in the work of schools.

  • To provide conferences, a biennial journal, a regular newsletter and further support the needs of the membership.

  • To promote dialogue between the varied constituencies involved in media education, both across the curriculum areas and across different sectors of education.


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