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Have you ever wanted to get an insight into the inner workings of the media? Do you want to become more effective at raising the profile of your research, or to help inform public debate?

This year the MPLS Division are supporting the British Science Association to identify a researcher who works in an EPSRC-related area at the University to receive a sought after Media Fellowship.

The British Science Association Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian and BBC Breakfast.

The Media Fellowships aim to give scientists, engineers and their colleagues the confidence and willingness to engage with the media and tackle issues of mistrust and misrepresentation and to give journalists access to new scientific expertise.

Every year up to ten Media Fellows are mentored by professional journalists and learn how the media operates and reports on science, how to communicate with the media and to engage the wider public with science through the media.

Have a look at the scheme's impacts on Fellows, media hosts and scientific institutions.

After their media placement Fellows attend the British Science Festival in September, which provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside a range of media organisations from all over the UK in the British Science Association's dedicated Press Centre. The Festival also offers opportunities to learn from a wide range of public engagement activities and network with academics, journalists and science communicators. You’ll also have the opportunity to share what you’ve learnt with colleagues.

The Media Fellowship scheme is the only one of its kind in the UK.

Please note: 

-          You don’t have to be EPSRC funded to apply – simply that you work in an area related to EPSRC’s portfolio so this could, for example, include those looking at the ethics of automation, or history of carious technologies for example.
-          This is specifically intended for researchers who intend to carry on in academia – not for those looking to change career.
-          Whilst DPhil students can apply, it’s not recommended due to the time commitment, but if you get support from your supervisor, you can of course apply.

For more information and details on how to apply, click here

Deadline 15 February 2018.