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Generate media coverage

The University’s Media Relations Office provides a range of services that can help you generate media coverage for your research. 

Press releases

Press releases can be a powerful tool to generate media coverage for a research paper.

We publish all our press releases on our online newsroom which is visited by more than 800,000 people from outside the University each year.

Social media

We can use social media to promote University research. Our Twitter account (UoMNews) has tens of thousands of followers – many of whom are frommajor organisations or prominent figures in their field.

We post a range of content, including links to research stories and media coverage. We also provide content for other University social media accounts including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Media Relations contacts 

Joe Stafford (Humanities News and Media Relations Officer)

Arts, languages, cultures, law, social sciences (including international politics and political science), environment, education, development, global inequalities

tel: +44 (0)161 275 8155
mob: +44 (0)7823 537670
email: joe.stafford@manchester.ac.uk 

Mike Addelman (Biology, Medicine and Health News and Media Relations Officer)

Medicine, cancer, psychology, nursing, social work, midwifery, dentistry, population health, life sciences, history of science and medicine, bioethics, Egyptology, UoMSport, research involving animals

tel: +44 (0)161 275 2111
mob: +44 (0)7717 881567
email: michael.addelman@manchester.ac.uk 

Ben Robinson (Science and Engineering News and Media Relations Officer)

Engineering, physical sciences, astronomy, maths, computer science, materials, energy, industrial biotechnology

tel: +44 (0)161 275 8388
mob: +44 (0)7920 750602
email: ben.robinson@manchester.ac.uk 

Alan Beck (Graphene Communications and Marketing Officer)

Graphene, 2-D materials

tel: +44 (0) 7788 864237
email: alan.beck@manchester.ac.uk

Kathryn Howard (Content and Communications Manager, Alliance Manchester Business School)

Business, accounting and finance, organisational psychology, leadership, strategy, marketing, innovation and management sciences

tel: +44 (0) 161 275 6436
email: kathryn.v.howard@manchester.ac.uk 

Jordan Kenny (News and Media Relations Manager)

tel: +44 (0)161 275 8257
mob: +44 (0)7748 747079
email: jordan.kenny@manchester.ac.uk

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. Find out more about external courses that are available.

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. Places are limited on these courses, so please contact your relevant media relations officer for the next dates and availability.

The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent, not-for-profit blog for academics to provide an informed view on topical issues. All articles are written by academics with guidance from expert editors to ensure they are well constructed and readable.

The Conversation website attracts significant global readership, and articles can often reach even larger audiences as they can be republished on third party news and media sites under Creative Commons licenses. Through our University’s membership, authors have access to a team of professional editors who can help you craft an effective and engaging article. Over 150 University academics have registered to write for The Conversation.

Contributing authors receive a public profile (ranked highly by Google), and a dashboard which compiles readership metrics for their articles. The dashboard records each article’s readership figures on site, where the article has been republished elsewhere, from where in the world those readers come, social media reach and running totals. We believe authors will find these useful in terms of gauging and demonstrating the reach and impact of their research for funders and for the REF.

What our researchers say about this support:

"Writing for The Conversation has been hugely helpful to my PhD, my 'profile', my non-academic writing style and my general knowledge.

"By turning bits of research into words, I was able to test out ideas, and get exposed to both good critiques of its gaps, but also be pointed in the direction of new sources of archival material that helped me produce richer, more informed work.

"I've also been interviewed by various radio stations (including the BBC World Service) because of articles I wrote, adding to my confidence with these forms of public engagement.

"I'd recommend writing for the Conversation to any academic at any career stage."

Marc Hudson Postdoc Researcher, Alliance Manchester Business School

Marc Hudson’s article on The Conversation led to

  • 59 Articles in other publications and websites
  • 412,265 Reads
  • 5,198 Comments
  • 428 Publishers

Register to write for The Conversation.