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How we’re showcasing our female academics in the media

Aug 02, 2017

Dr Kirsty Fairclough (pictured) is one of our media spokespersons
Dr Kirsty Fairclough (pictured) is one of our expert commentators

Our busy Press Office plays a crucial role in providing the media with ‘expert commentators’ to discuss topical news stories, from Professor Stefano Mariani revealing how British customers are being mis-sold topical fish in the Guardian to Dr Kirsty Fairclough’s interpretation into ‘Why Beyonce Matters’. 

So far this year a total of 18 academics have been media trained; ten women and eight men from across six different Schools. In our ongoing drive to support our Athena Swan objectives, we are committed to making sure women across the University are well represented in the media and our media training activity fully supports this.

Our press team regularly arranges for leading journalists and broadcasters to do in-house media training courses in radio, TV and print interviews. Current spokespersons include engineers, psychologists, business & management experts, geographers, biomedics and music experts. They’re often seen speaking on local and national news and taking part in topical debates, in turn helping to raise the University’s profile. More recently the team have started to film spokespersons for hot topic news videos which they issue to media.

Media training courses for academics run all year round, with the next session taking place in September. If you are interested in becoming a media spokesperson for the University please contact Senior Press & PR Officer Gareth Hollyman at