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UEA has joined The Conversation

Event on 14 July 2016

The University of East Anglia is now a member of The Conversation UK - - a news website with analysis written by academics from the university and research sectors. It is hoped that the initiative will help raise the profile of UEA researchers and their work, and for researchers themselves to engage with a wider audience.

The Conversation covers topics such as politics and society, arts and culture, education, health and medicine, science and technology, business and economy. To date more than 7,500 academics from universities across the UK have produced articles for the site, including some from UEA.

Academics are paired with a professional journalist who helps them to write an engaging, public-facing article. Nothing is published without the academic’s approval of the final version, meaning they retain control over what they say.

The article is then published under a Creative Commons licence, meaning that other news organisations are allowed to republish it.  Content regularly appears in The Guardian, The Independent, i, CNN, the BBC, and new media sites like Quartz, Mashable and IFL Science. The Conversation’s UK-commissioned content is read by between 10 and 15 million people per month both through the site and via republishing.

The university has signed up for a year and over the coming months the UEA Communications Office will be looking for academics to write articles in response to requests from The Conversation, but also encouraging them to pitch ideas for their own pieces. Recent examples written by UEA researchers include:

Those interested in finding out more are invited to an event on Thursday July 14, where one of the editors from The Conversation UK will be at UEA to explain about the site, how it works, why get involved and what to expect. Later in the year training workshops will be organised for academics with the specific section editors from the site, but there is nothing to stop people writing for the site now.

It would be great to see colleagues on July 14, even if they can’t make it for the whole session. The venue will be confirmed nearer the time, but the event will start at 2.30pm and last a maximum of two hours. There will be tea/coffee and biscuits available from 2pm. To register your interest in attending please contact Cat Bartman in the UEA Communications Office by emailing ”