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Call for applications

Applications are now being sought for Skills for Media Engagement, a one-day intensive interactive media training workshop designed to offer a selected cohort of 20 ECRs specialist skills which will enable them to communicate effectively with, and for the media - radio, television, film and online media. The workshop relies on intense discussion and collaborative activity and will bring early career researchers (ECRs) together with media professionals, including Chris Jameson and Tony Prideaux (Inside Edge Media Training), Samira Ahmed (freelance journalist), Jodi Thompson (Huffington Post) and Lisa Horton (Media Relations Manager, UEA). ECRs research profiles will be published via the project website before the workshop and made available to the media professionals to encourage dialogue with contributors.


Training will take at a workshop held at the Open University's Camden site on 16 June 2014.

Key learning outcomes are:

  • To gain awareness of how the media works
  • To understand the challenges of collaborating with the media
  • To learn about strategies for tailoring messages for specific media outputs and audiences
  • To learn how to prepare for media interviews
  • To develop the confidence and skills required to deliver research ideas and contribute to debates through the media


Early career researcher applicants must be within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or within six years of their first academic appointment. ECR applicants must also have a contractual arrangement with a UK research organisation.

Application procedure

The application deadline has passed. The application procedure is now closed.

For further information, please contact Dr Matthew Sillence at m.sillence@uea.ac.uk.

Selection Criteria

The selection process will choose ECRs who have a passion for communicating their scholarship to a wider audience; who are willing to use their expertise to collaborate with media partners; and who have an interest in creating broader cultural debates through their arts and humanities related research. Applications will be reviewed by the Advisory Team (UEA and Open University) and 20 candidates will be selected with due regard to the creation of a diverse cohort from across the Consortium and across a range of subject areas.

The assessment will be made on the basis of applicant's answers to three questions (max. 300 words in total):

  1. How will this training benefit your research and personal development plan?
  2. How could your research make an engaging and stimulating programme (radio/television) or an interesting blog article?
  3. Do you have any experience of or plans for collaborating with media partners?

A 100-word biography is required, but this is not a formal part of the application criteria, but will be used for participant profiles on the programme's website.