First Name: Fiona
Surname: McKay
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263850
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Duties and Responsibilities

Fiona is a lecturer in Journalism in the School of Creative and Cultural Business, teaching on the following modules: News Writing, Digital Journalism in Practice, Media Semiotics and Discourse, Political Communication, Magazine Journalism, and Creative and Cultural Business News.

She also supervises at Stage 4, Masters and PhD level. She is the Stage 4 tutor (Head of Year) for BA Media, BA PR and BA Journalism students.

Academic Background

Prior to her role at RGU, Fiona taught on the University of Strathclyde’s Journalism and Creative Writing undergraduate degree. She has also completed her PhD research on gender, media and politics, at the University of Strathclyde. Her thesis, titled Media Representations of Gender in the Scottish Public Sphere in the Context of the 2014 Independence Referendumwas funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of ScotlandPrior to this, studied for an MLitt in Journalism Studies at the University of Strathclyde and studied as an English Literature undergraduate at the University of Glasgow.

Her professional experience also includes working as a freelance news reporter and digital reporter for six years, mostly for the Herald and Times Group (Newsquest) which includes the publications: the Herald, the Herald Online, the Sunday Herald (now Herald on Sunday), the Evening Times and the National.

Research Interests

Fiona’s current research interests include the intersection of gender, media and politics. Current research interests include the media representation of female politicians in Scotland, LGBT representation and politics, and women in journalism in Scotland.


Higgins, M., Ridge-Newman, A., & McKay, F. M. (2018) “Scotland, Wales and Press Discourses Amid the 2016 EU Referendum”, in León-Solis, F., O'Donnell, H., Ridge-Newman, A. (eds.) Reporting the Road to Brexit: International Media and the EU Referendum 2016, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 47-60.

Higgins, M. & McKay, F. M. (2016) ‘Gender and the development of a political persona: The case of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’ British Politics, 11, 283–300.