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Training and resources

There are a range of media training schemes, competitions and expert databases available to academics and students, delivered in house and by outside bodies.

Media training: Most funding councils deliver media training for their funded researchers. The BBC Academy frequently runs events and is a good source of guides and information. The Medical Research Council also runs the annual Max Perutz Writing Prize for PhD students.

Science Media Centre: This independent body is set up to improve the reporting of science. It runs an expert list which is widely used by journalists, provides media training, journalist briefings and has a number of resources for academics.

British Science Association Media Fellowships: This is a highly prestigious scheme which sees practising scientists, clinicians and engineers spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian or BBC Breakfast.

Sense About Science: This is an independent charity that challenges misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life.  It runs a number of workshops, competitions and networking events, many of these have a media focus.

New Generation Thinkers: This is an annual scheme to find academics to present humanities research and ideas in the media. It is run by the AHRC in conjunction with BBC Radio 3.

Famelab: This is an international science communications competition. There are local heats and the UK final is held at the Cheltenham Science Festival.

Experts databases: Databases are kept by a number of groups, with many focussing on under-represented groups in the media. A large list can be found on the 500 Women Scientists website.

The Conversation: As members of this news site, we are eligible to run several training sessions each year for potential wiriters. Get in touch with if you’re interested in finding out more.

Other opportunities: A range of other science communications opportunities are advertised on the Public Engagement at Manchester website.

A guide to providing media comment: This National Geographic article by leading science writer Ed Yong has dos and don’ts for academics commenting on other people’s research.

In house media training: In partnership with Staff Learning and Development and Media Services we provide a limited number of places for staff on a media training course. Delivered on campus by MediaFirst, these courses are run four times a year and take half a day to complete. Participants are coached in interview techniques and take part in face-to-face and TV interviews with a journalist. Feedback and recordings are available after the event. To apply, please get in touch.