Communications and Marketing


Media relations

The UCL Media Relations team runs the university’s central press office. Our work involves:

  • communicating research and key institutional stories to the wider world via the media
  • helping journalists find the right UCL expert for their story 
  • assisting staff to pursue successful media engagement and supporting staff with all aspects of media handling
  • ensuring issues of potential media interest are handled professionally and with due regard for organisational reputation.

Support for UCL departments

We can support various aspects of disseminating information to the media. This includes:

  • assessing the news value of your stories, with recommendations on how, when and where to promote your research
  • preparing and distributing press releases on key stories where appropriate 
  • managing the UCL Experts database and connecting staff with journalists 
  • advising on dealing with media requests or interviews and handling difficult or controversial issues
  • promoting media coverage across UCL’s channels.

We manage the following channels:

  • UCL News: online repository of UCL press releases and news articles
  • @uclnews on Twitter: tweeting news highlights and media coverage
  • UCL in the media: online archive of media coverage and opinion pieces written by UCL staff
  • UCL Experts: database of UCL academics happy to be contacted by media

We work closely with the UCL Communications team to represent news content and media coverage on other central channels (e.g. UCL homepage).

Key contacts

You can submit your story via the online form or email mynews@ucl.ac.uk to let us know about potential upcoming news.

Alternatively, you can contact the appropriate team member about your story:

Charles Hymas, Head of Media Relations (Higher Education issues and institutional strategy)

Ruth Howells, Deputy Head of Media Relations
 (Faculties of Social and Historical Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Laws)

Bex Caygill, Media Relations Manager (Faculties of Life Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences)

Chris Lane, Media Relations Manager
 (Faculties of Medical Sciences and Brain Sciences)

Rowan Walker, Media Relations Manager (UCL Institute of Education, Faculties of Built Environment and Population Health Sciences )

James Russell, Media Relations Officer (UCL Institute of Education, experts requests)

Jacinta Mulders, Media Relations Officer (Media monitoring/evaluation)


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