Conference for university press officers

Table laid for a meeting

4 November 2016

 This event has now closed 

 By invitation only 

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) are delighted to welcome you to a free one-day conference for press officers working in the higher education and research fields.

Relationships between press officers within higher education institutions, research organisations, the research councils and other funders are vital to ensure communication and media activities surrounding the science and research is a success.

Press officers will have ample time to network and share experiences throughout the day.

The aim is to inspire and equip press officers with a refreshed, and renewed focus for communicating.


  • 09:30-10:00 Registration and coffee

  • 10:00-10:15 Welcome and introduction - Matt Goode, director of communications & public engagement, Research Councils UK

  • 10:15-11:00 Keynote address: Benefits in Science following Brexit - Dallas Campbell, British television presenter

  • 11:45-12:45 Journalist panel - Beyond the press release - Hear from the UK's top influential journalists

  • 12:45-13:30 Networking lunch

  • 13:30-14:15 Evaluation of media and communications - Andrew Smith

  • 14:15-15:00 Crisis Communications - Magnus Carter FCIPR, Reputation Management Consultant

  • 15:00-15:30 Round-up refreshments

  • 15:30-16:15 Breakout sessions - Attendees must sign up for a breakout session in advance and bring examples to share with the group. During the sessions, RCUK encourage you to share best practice, discuss good (or bad) experiences, and any lessons learned. The interactive and engaging sessions will equip press officers with handy tips and tools they can use for future press-related activities.

    • Utilising Consumer Media
    • Big Science - What makes it successful?
    • Fear Factor Communications Approach
    • Blogging - Why blog, why not?

Places are initially limited to two press officers per organisation. RCUK will have a waiting list for additional press officers should there be enough spaces available.

How to attend

To attend, and for further information, please contact:

Simon Wesson
Economic & Social Research Council