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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 contact the appropriate team member about your story, by email below, or check their full contact details here.

Higher Education issues and institutional strategy
KIRSTY WALKER, DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS
kirsty.walker(at)ucl.ac.uk

Faculties of Life Sciences and Mathematical & Physical Sciences
DR BEX CAYGILL, HEAD OF MEDIA RELATIONS
r.caygill(at)ucl.ac.uk

Faculties of Brain Sciences and Medical Sciences
HENRY KILLWORTH, DEPUTY HEAD OF MEDIA RELATIONS 
h.killworth(at)ucl.ac.uk  

UCL Institute of Education and Faculty of Population Health Sciences
ROWAN WALKER, MEDIA RELATIONS MANAGER
rowan.walker(at)ucl.ac.uk

Faculties of Social & Historical Sciences, Arts & Humanities and Laws
NATASHA DOWNES, MEDIA RELATIONS MANAGER
n.downes(at)ucl.ac.uk

Faculties of Engineering Sciences and the Built Environment
KATE CORRY, MEDIA RELATIONS MANAGER
k.corry(at)ucl.ac.uk

Faculties of Medical Sciences and Brain Sciences
CHRIS LANE, MEDIA RELATIONS MANAGER
chris.lane(at)ucl.ac.uk

Media monitoring and evaluation, experts requests
TASH PAYNE, MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER
tash.payne(at)ucl.ac.uk 

Media monitoring and evaluation, experts requests
MARK GREAVES, MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER
m.greaves(at)ucl.ac.uk

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