ESRC Early career media training

The meesrcdia can be a useful tool if you know how to use it. It can be an excellent way of getting your research across to a wider audience and reaching those policymakers who matter.

Aimed at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, this popular one day course will

  • give you the basics on how to build up relations with the media
  • show you how to easily convey complex ideas
  • help you identify the key messages about your research
  • provide you with a good understanding of what a well written press release should look like and how the press works
  • equip you with ideas and advice on pitching your research to journalists and making it relevant to the news agenda
  • discuss how to use social media effectively and make the most of your online presence

Your trainers for the day include experts from the print and broadcast media, facilitated by the ESRC’s Communications Manager:

  • Alan Pike, former Financial Times journalist
  • Ivor Gaber, former BBC, ITN and Sky News Broadcaster who currently holds posts at City University, London (Professor of Political Journalism) and the University of Bedfordshire (Research Professor Media and Politics)

Your training day will typically start at 9.15 with registration and we aim to finish by 16.30. Lunch and refreshments will be provided together with useful course materials. There will be an element of pre-course work, which should be returned in advance of the date as per your pre-course instructions.

Numbers are capped at 30 delegates to ensure the best learning experience.

Forthcoming course dates:

  • Leeds – 27 February 2015 – this session is now fully booked
  • London – 17 March 2015


New Generation Thinkers 2015

The Aahrcrts and Humanities Research Counbbcr3cil (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3 are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2015.

Up to 60 successful applicants will have a chance to develop their programme – making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops and, of these up to 10 will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers. They will benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 and a chance to regularly appear on air.

While this scheme is being run by AHRC, the subject coverage for this year covers many disciplines that intersect with the work of the ESRC and also the Medical Research Council (MRC).

This scheme is open to all early career researchers and final year postgraduates based in a UK Research Organisation and you do not have to be funded by the AHRC to apply.

The aim of the scheme is to provide a development opportunity for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community. The scheme wants to find the new generation of academics who can bring the best of the latest university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience.

The closing date for applications is 15 December 2014.

Further information

Further information including subject coverage areas, application form and terms and conditions are available on the AHRC website.

If you have any queries please email