Public Affairs and Media Training Opportunity for EPSRC-Funded Researchers

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EPSRC is currently advertising an opportunity to apply for a place on a Public Affairs and Media Training course to run on 3rd – 4th October 2017:

RISE: Making Connections will:

  • Provide the opportunity for EPSRC researchers to make connections across a range of Stakeholders to help promote EPS to a wider audience
  • Support individuals in maximising their potential and making their own connections
  • Provide political awareness training and media training

The opportunity is open only to researchers currently supported via EPSRC grants. The deadline for applications is 31st July 2017.

Application is via a web-form at the link above but you also need to include a signed statement which includes a signature from the University Research Office to confirm the grant, so please get in touch with your Faculty RFPM as soon as possible if you’re interested in applying.


Interested in training on the University’s Globelynx media system?

Northumbria’s Marketing Department is holding a series of workshops in May on the Globelynx media system that the University recently acquired. This is a high definition camera on campus allowing academics to be interviewed easily and quickly by national and international broadcasters.

The workshops will be held in the Globelynx room – Lipman 014, City Campus – and will last 2 hours. If you would like to take part please email stating which day and which session you would like to attend from the below as places are limited. There will be 3 workshops per day and 5 spaces available for each workshop;

Thursday May 11:              09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm  and 15:00pm to 17:00pm

Tuesday May 23:               09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm  and 15:00pm to 17:00pm

Wednesday May 24:          09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm  and 15:00pm to 17:00pm

Thursday May 25:              09:00am – 11:00am, 12:30pm – 14:30pm  and 15:00pm to 17:00pm

For further information, please contact Rik Kendall, PR and Media Manager: +44 (0)191 227 3598,



Royal Society – Media Skills Training

Royal Society are offering a one day Media Skills Training Day.

The writing and media skills courses are designed for individuals at late-stage PhD/post-doc level and above, who have experience in conducting independent research.

Forthcoming course dates:

18 May 2017
12 October 2017

This course is held at the Royal Society, London from 9.00am – 5.00pm.

On this one-day course you will work with an experienced TV production team, a top voice coach, and a leading science communicator to prepare and practice media interviews.

During the course you will discover how the media works, and how to use that knowledge. You will be shown how to interrogate your work into a story the media will be interested in, and what to expect when the media calls. The tutors will work with you to prepare your story for interview, and you will learn techniques so that you, and your message, come across as well as possible.

For further details see the Royal Society website.


Round 3 of the NIHR New Media Competition

cameramanRound 3 of the NIHR New Media Competition was launched on 27th November 2013.

If you are involved in NIHR Research (as a researcher, a patient or a member of the public) the NIHR New Media Competition enables you to:

  • Communicate the clinical/applied health/social care research that you are involved in
  • Enthuse audiences about the research that you are involved in (the target audience may be for example patients, researchers, colleagues, your friends and family, children, the elderly, the general public)
  • Get creative and use your media skills to get the NIHR message about research out.
  • Win prizes


In this round, there are two categories of the competition:

  • Researchers You should be a member of the NIHR Faculty or have recently completed your NIHR research and the research should meet the remit below.
  • Patients and the Public You should be involved in NIHR funded research, either as a participant in research studies and trails, or through being a member of a committee or panel, or advising NIHR funded researchers on ways to improve their research proposals.

To enter you need to make a video, a short one, up to a maximum of 6 minutes and upload it to YouTube

Closing date – midnight on 30th March 2014

  • The research should be clinical or applied health research, including social care research. It could also be research into medical education.
  • The research should have clear potential for benefiting patients and the public within 5 years of its completion.
  • The research can involve: patients; samples or data from patients; people who are not patients; populations; health technology assessment; or health services research.
  • NIHR does not support basic research or work involving animals or their tissue

For full details of the competition see the NIHR website.