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How to Become a Public Academic

Three sessions exploring the means to reach out to a broader, non-academic audience, whether in print, radio/TV, or via new media.


How to become a "public" academic

Series of three workshops, various dates and venues, please check below.

Three sessions exploring the means to reach out to a broader, non-academic audience, whether in print, radio/TV, or via new media.

The first two sessions are compulsory and the hands on training is opt-in. Please indicate whether you'd like to join the hands-on session in the registration form below.

How to Become a Public Writer
Wednesday 24 May - 11:30 - 16:30
Birkbeck, University of London, GOR G04
The first day focuses on writing, and will include presentations from the literary agent (and author) Andrew Lownie, Yale University Press’s Managing Director, Heather McCallum, the academic and literary critic Ruth Scurr – author of the garlanded John Aubrey: My Own Life, and a former Man Booker Prize judge – and John Bew, a professor of history at King’s College, London and the Orwell Prize long-listed author of Citizen Clem, a biography of Clement Attlee.

11.30-1pm - Heather McCallum, Managing Director of Yale University Press, Andrew Lownie, Literary Agent and Author, Emily Drewe, Editorial Director at Bloomsbury Academic

1-2pm - Lunch

2-3.30 - Dr. Ruth Scurr, University of Cambridge, Professor John Bew, King's College, London, Professor Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge

3.30-4.30 - Drinks reception

How to Work with TV and Radio
Wednesday 7 June - 11:30 - 16:30
SOAS, University of London, L67

The second day explores how to communicate ideas through television and radio. Confirmed speakers include the prize-winning producer and director Melissa Fitzgerald from Blakeway productions, Adam Smith from UCL – who presented recent Radio 4 series on “Donald Trump: The Presidential Precedents,” “The Robber Barons,” and “California: Paradise Lost” – and Emma Griffin, Professor of Modern History at UEA, a former AHRC/Radio 3 New Generation Thinker, and a frequent contributor to Radio 3 and Radio 4.

Hands on media training run by external provider
Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 June
Fulton 112 & 113, University of Sussex

In the final two-day session led by external trainer Collab Lab, a media training company based in central London, students will be taken through the essentials of how to present on camera. Over two days, students will be introduced to scriptwriting, presenting, and the mechanics of using digital SLR technology. Each student will finish this programme in possession of a short promotional video in which they communicate their research ideas engagingly and fluently.

Participants are asked to bring a laptop with them to the training and download the free software Lightworks in advance.

Day 1 - 9:00-17:00
Day 2 - 9:00-13:00

Registration is now closed. Please email if you are interested in hearing about future CHASE training events.