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 Dr. Anya Luscombe (Director of Education)

Why I work at UCR: UCR is a truly stimulating environment. The students are keen to learn and they bring their energy and ideas to the classroom. It is a privilege to be able to work with small classes and often on a one-to-one basis with the future generations that will help shape our world.
What’s interesting about my discipline: Rhetoric, Academic English, media and journalism are just some of the courses in the discipline of Communication. Without communication, where would we be? Learning to send the right message and to analyze the messages others send us through a variety of means and media are vital skills for all citizens.


A former BBC journalist and Public Relations professional.  Instructor on Academic Writing, Rhetoric and Journalism courses at UCR.

Publications and Presentations



  • 2012: PhD Utrecht University    (Dissertation entitled 'Sending the Right message. Forty years of BBC Radio News)

  • 2003: Certificate TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

  • 1990-1991: Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism (BJTC), Darlington College of Technology

  • 1986-1989: B.A. (JointHons) Economics/Politics, University of Durham

Professional Career

  • 2018-: Director of Education, Associate Professor of Media

  • 2017: Fullbright Scholar, Bard College, USA

  • 2013-2017: Associate Professor and Head of Academic Core Department

  • Spring 2010:  Guest Professor of Communication and Honors College International Faculty Fellow at University of Central Missouri.

  • 2004-2012: Instructor, Tutor and PR Advisor to the Dean of UCR

  • Jan 2004 –Aug 2005: English Fluency teacher, bilingual stream, Goese Lyceum. Teacher Dutch for foreigners.

  • August 2000-Sept 2002: Head of External Relations, Bournemouth University, overseeing public relations and education liaison departments. Media Training for external companies and lecturing on PR degree.

  • April 1998-August 2000: PR Manager, Bournemouth University, responsible for University media policy, media training of staff, editor of staff newsletter, annual report, external website and other corporate publications.

  • Dec 1997-April 1998: Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Newsroom, London. Editing of and writing for bulletins and summaries on BBC radio 2, 3, 4 and 5-Live. Newsreporting for the above stations, newsreading and presenting on 5-Live. Sony Radio Academy Award.

  • May 1995-Nov 1997: Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Newsroom, London

  • Oct 1994-April 1995: Bimedia Journalist (Radio &TV) – BBC South, Southampton

  • April 1993-Oct 1994: Reporter and producer BBC Radio Solent, Southampton

  • Jan 1992- April 1993: Reporter, producer/newsreader 2CR-FM, Independent Radio

  • March 1990-Aug 1990: Editorial Assistant, Strategic Direction Publishers, Maidenhead



English; Journalism;

Rhetoric & Argumentation

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