Scott Ellis

Scott Ellis

Participant in 2014
Work history Present:

Newcastle College, Course Leader & Lecturer (School of Health & Bioscience)

Care Quality Commission, Compliance Inspector


University of East London, Module Leader & Lecturer (School of Health, Sport & Bioscience)

Terrence Higgins Trust, Health Promotion Media Coordinator
Study history Present:

Newcastle University, Doctorate of Education (EdD)


University of Greenwich, Postgraduate Certificate of Education

University of East London, BSc (Hons) Health Promotion (First Class Honours)

Phd Projects


The Mediatization of Student Social Cohesion: Mainstreaming Representation for Gay Male Students At Risk of Suicide

Gay male students have a significantly higher risk of suicide ideation and attempt, resulting from factors such as structural exclusion, bullying and a lack of social cohesion. Following a number of internationally publicised suicides of US-based students, multiple media-driven prevention campaigns were launched to raise awareness of the acute vulnerability of gay students despite the increase in legislative equality.

This project of my doctorate focuses on the dynamics and role of the media in two critical elements of the functionality of suicide prevention campaigns. The first is the journalistic response to the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student whose suicide polarised global media responses to the issue of homophobia and also led to the creation of user-generated digital media campaigns to construct new 'safe' environments and relationships for gay students.

The second aspect of this project focuses on the intervention campaigns and the various models of protection and inclusivity they promote. There is a new reliance on digital, socially generated media to construct communication pathways between gay and heterosexual students as a tool for building positive, supportive friendships. These channels are typically delivered with heterosexual men as 'gatekeepers' and have been redistributed internationally with particular exposure in countries with problematic equal rights policies, including Moldova and Russia.

This project seeks to understand the dynamics of journalism that led to a student's suicide becoming the foundation of a new movement towards student inclusion. It also seeks to gauge the efficacy of media-based campaigns that utilise the guidance and leadership of heterosexual males as effective channels of suicide prevention for gay males.

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