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Live from the BBC – politics student Megan goes behind the scenes for election night

Final-year Politics and International Relations student Megan Collins took part in the BBC election night special and was one of several voters interviewed by BBC Presenter Sophie Raworth on the giant electoral map that was laid outside BBC Television studios.  Megan was selected for the event by Stephen Vaccarini, Faculty Placements Manager, and Professor Katherine …

From cardiac research to the heart of the media

Dr Catrin Rutland in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science first encountered the world of media and outreach through her scientific research. For many years she has undertaken a wide variety of activities related to showing her research to others – from writing magazine and newspapers articles through to giving public talks, undertaking school …

From Hawaiian snail trail to Broadcasting House

When the plight of Jeremy the lonely ‘lefty’ snail made international headlines for the first time in October, it was up to his scientist Dr Angus Davison, an evolutionary geneticist in the University’s School of Life Sciences, to use the media to explain why the plight of this one-in-a-million gastropod could help us to understand …

Why working with the media can take your work in a whole new direction

When you’ve worked with the media for most of your career it can be easy to forget how daunting it can be for some to see their name in print, appear on camera or even speak to a journalist. In my opinion, and heading up the Media Relations Office I am a little biased, the …

So why should academics engage with the media?

“Sitting in your office, in glorious isolation, may well be safer and easier, but there’s a reason for that: it’s very dull.” So said Philip Cowley, Professor of Parliamentary Government and seasoned blogger, broadcaster and tweeter, at a workshop aimed at encouraging his fellow academics to share their expertise with the wider world. There may …

University of Nottingham experts in the media spotlight

This week has seen some big wins in the media for experts from The University of Nottingham. When news broke yesterday that Imperial Tobacco is to close factories in Nottingham and France, with the loss of almost 900 jobs, the Communications team was able to field supply chain expert Dr Alexander Trautrims to local and …

#freshersweek sexism – what do you think?

This blog post on sexism at universities during Freshers’ Week was originally published on Dr Jeremy Bloomfield’s Quite Irregular blog last week. Since it was published, Dr Bloomfield has received various responses. Megan Clark wrote a piece about her experience of sexism in her first week at university, and he published another piece refuting suggestions that …