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ACADEMICS: Can you help with communicating important information about coronavirus?

The PR team is looking for academics to volunteer their expertise when their knowhow crosses over with the latest coronavirus developments.

In a bid to keep up with the fast-paced news surrounding COVID-19, we will be sending out a regular Media Alert email with the stories we expect to lead the headlines.

It would be very helpful to be able to draw upon a pool of experts quickly.

Potential avenues could include:

  • Broadcast interviews (from your home)
  • Commenting in news articles
  • Written pieces (e.g. The Conversation)

If a certain topic grabs your attention and you feel you can talk confidently about it to journalists and/or broadcasters, then follow the simple steps in the Media Alert and we will work hard to get you heard.

All you need to do is email and we will add you to the mailing list.

Then keep an eye out for the Media Alert and respond when you think it is appropriate.

Some examples of coverage we’ve had so far include:

Also, visit the University’s Media Centre for examples of our other press releases based on coronavirus.

If you would like any help with technical issues – such as setting up broadcast interviews from home – contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

We will also be sharing the list of academics with our stakeholder communications team who are promoting our expertise within Whitehall to increase understanding of COVID-19 in all areas of research.

Although everybody is patently aware of the crisis affecting the UK – and the rest of the world – it is still worth saying that, in these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to add our unique knowledge to the fight against coronavirus.