Free media training for academics available

Professor John McGeehan, from the School of Biological Sciences, being interviewed at American news agency’s Associated Press London headquarters in April, when news of his PETase enzyme discovery made headlines worldwide

Eight free media training sessions delivered on campus by experienced trainers, ex-BBC reporters and producers, are now open to academic staff.

Anyone who has work which is likely to gain wider attention and hasn’t had much media experience is welcome to apply for a place on one of the sessions.

Each session has room for three academics and lasts for three-and-a-half hours. The training is highly practical, giving academics a chance to sharpen their skills so they can feel confident approaching interviews with journalists from print, radio or television.

The dates are:

  • November 14, 2018, at either 10.00am-1.30pm or 2.00pm-5.30pm
  • November 28, 2018, times as above
  • January 23, 2019, times as above

The trainers have received only positive feedback and delegates commonly say they now feel ready and confident about approaching media interviews.

If you secure a place, it’s important you’re on time and stay for the duration. The sessions are intense and closely scheduled to ensure everything that matters is covered. They don’t include any periods of killing time.

To apply, please email stating which session (date, and AM or PM) you’d like to attend; broadly what your research area is; and if possible when your next paper is due to be published and/or when you expect to be dealing with the media.

The training is funded by the Marketing and Communications Department.

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