This week in comms: to December 6th

The December Graduations provided us with several stories about graduates’ achievements:

December graduations 2018

We made a public statement about our approach to offer-making…

Why conditional offers are better for students

…and produced more stories about scholarship winners:

Scholarships 2018

A visit by screenwriter and Honorary Doctor Heidi Thomas was a highlight of the week, with her generous comments widely seen on social media:

Screenwriter Heidi Thomas returns to Edge Hill

and our burgeoning work with SMEs provided some excellent regional PR:

SMEs flourishing in county thanks to Edge Hill’s expert support

Professor Geoff Beattie was once again featured extensively in the media, interviewed on BBC Breakfast and several BBC radio stations concerning nonverbal communication.

Robert Noonan’s Conversation story about the links between childhood obesity and poverty was was adapted for the Liverpool Echo were it has 1.09m readers, a great example of research entering public discourse and at the same time raising institutional profile.


Finally, Edge Hill is part of a #MadeAtUni, a national campaign highlighting the positive impact universities have on people – our Everton in the Community work was the example they chose.






This week in comms: to 30 November 2018

This week we’ve been working on more stories about our Scholarship winners which you can read here all in one place:

Scholarships 2018

We flagged up a valuable new professional accreditation for the Television Production Management degree…

Edge Hill partners with The Production Guild to help graduates move into film and TV production careers

…and celebrated a brace of awards:

Flagship mental health programme shortlisted for national award

Top award for department boosting gender equality

The Faculty of Education’s work with Tate Liverpool came to the fore in a story about the Ideas Depot, a display at the gallery that  draws on joint research work:

Schools to take over Tate Liverpool

The Ideas Depot display is on now, as is the stunning Op Art exhibition sponsored by EHU. Both are free but remember, Edge Hill staff and students, armed with a UniCard can get free admission to the paid-for shows including Fernand Léger.

Over on social media as well as amplifying news stories and pushing our course videos and other content, some of the in-the-moment activity of the week appeared such as the visit by out Honorary Doctor Heidi Thomas, writer of Call the Midwife

In the external (aka ‘earned’) media, great to see:


a BBC article quoting Professor Geoff Beattie:

a substantial piece co-authored by Professor Vicky Duckworth in the TES

and assorted sport-related pieces and alumni human-interest stories.

And finally – this week’s student sport:

EHU Sports Round-Up


More next week when we’ll have Graduation stories, yet more Scholars and some of our work with businesses.

Meanwhile send your ideas to [email protected]





This week in Comms: 23 November 2018

In the middle of this week Edge Hill hosted Radio Merseyside for two hours, taking staff and student voices to their 276,000 listeners. A wide variety of topics were discussed, beginning with the history of Edge Hill and the role women have played in the institution. Colleagues then spoke on topics including public health issues around obesity and vascular disease; art and theatre; gender and sexuality; teaching; emojis; politics and spiders and mosquitoes. You can listen again here.

Last week we promised ‘Scholarship winners, bees, anchorites, poetry in California and on Virgin trains, and student sport on our very own playing fields.’  Taking those in order:

We have started issuing stories about the many Scholarship Winners – here is one example:

Migraine diagnosis inspires Imogen to help others

Here come the bees:

Edge Hill Students’ Union allotment and bee keeping society wins national conservation award

Anchorites are medieval religious solitaries, subject of academic work by Mari Hughes-Edwards:

Academic’s work inspires new play

While we are celebrating the newest EHU Press book, Scenes from the Revolution (and planning ahead for the next intriguing publication), last year’s book continues to get attention with a US launch event in conjunction with UC Berkeley:

Edge Hill University Press Atlantic Drift launch in California

Closer to home one of our students won the chance to perform her poem for a Virgin video:

Student on the right track with winning poem

And in our very own ‘back pages’,  with the help of Edge Hill Sport we’re capturing what’s happening on the playing fields both home and away for local press:

EHU sports roundup

We profiled Ryan Moignard, an alumnus from our Sport & Physical Activity department whose career has taken him from Liverpool to Qatar.

We also covered another Sport  and PGCE alumnus:

Promoting inclusion – one smile at a time

And yet another Sport alumnus, Billy McNamara,  was in the press for his work introducing boxing into Wellacre, his former school.

Meanwhile Law alumnus Joseph Hill shared his expertise in a co-authored piece offering 10 tips for getting a training contract or pupillage

Robert Noonan, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Children’s Physical Activity, made his debit in the Conversation with his piece Child obesity is linked to deprivation, so why do poor parents still cop the blame?

And finally, Professor Geoff Beattie is quoted in an article in the magazine with the third largest circulation in the UK, the Radio Times: How to communicate like Louis Theroux.


Next week: Further Scholars, the Ideas Depot, Sport, Graduate careers fair and more.

This week in comms: 16th November 2018

This week’s news stories range from Brexit to pop music, TV ‘setiquette’ to vampires.

We published ‘Talking: Brexit’, a podcast by Dr Chris Dent. Chris has gone on to do radio interviews sharing his perspective on this timely topic.

The latest release from the University’s Label is the first to feature EHU students – our initial story features photos from the recording session and a link to the track. The single has already got international reviews and radio play including from our Honorary Doctor Janice Long.

Charity Shop Pop single provides student opportunity

Students produced a mock TV magazine show overseen by industry professionals…

Students learn top tips from TV industry experts

…and we previewed a special event at a special event celebrating Romania’s centenary.

Vampires and Britain’s mythical Queen Marie of Romania explored at special Romanian centenary event

We celebrated Professor Sally Spencer’s NHS Wonder Women video…

…Professor Paresh Wankhade’s work for the Welsh Ambulance Service and a new qualification provided to Early Childhood Studies students.

All of this and more can be seen on our News Page.

Over on social media we also shared an image of the building illuminated red for Remembrance Sunday; celebrated the release of the latest Fabulous Beasts film directed by our Honorary Doctor David Yates with a competition to win a signed wand; and gave a nod to another Honorary Doctor, Peter Hooton, who has a new book out.

And our staff have been visible in the external media:

“The reason we have a hands-on approach to training our teachers is simple: teaching is all about modelling. It is all about allowing children to see something, and see how it works, and you can’t do that by just from learning by rote” says Sarah Wright, from FoE in a TES interview.

Two EHU academics appeared in The Conversation:
Carol Kelly on ‘Why you shouldn’t take antibiotics for colds and flu’ and Sen Creaney on ‘Knife crime: how former offenders can make great mentors for at-risk teens’.

Students’ Union Vice-President blogged about Brexit in the Huffington Post.

The Arts Centre appeared in the Observer as a cultural highlight of the week, and Arts Manager Cathy Butterworth was interviewed on Radio Lancashire.

Talking of radio, Radio Merseyside will be broadcasting live from EHU next Wednesday.
Also next week: Scholarship winners, bees, anchorites, poetry in California and on Virgin trains, and student sport on our very own playing fields.

Please send YOUR story ideas to [email protected]

This week in comms: 9 November 2018

This new weekly blog brings together links to a selection of news pieces and other materials we’ve produced. Sharing by staff, students and partners is really helpful as we work together to communicate our successes – why not find something you find interesting and send out a link in your own social media?
Your ideas for stories we can be doing are very welcome; please email them to [email protected]

We’ve put the Year of Successes publication online here – everything great that happened in 2017-18 in one place.
– if you want printed copies for yourself or to send to your contacts just ask Kerry Smith.

News Stories

Here are some of the stories we published and sent out to the media.

Edge Hill students gain invaluable insight into the literary world
‘Creative Writing students from Edge Hill gained a wealth of literary experience when they interned at two high profile University events in London.’ A great example of a Student Opportunity Fund activity.

Winner of prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize revealed
‘The hotly anticipated winner of the prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize has been announced with literary giant Tessa Hadley winning the £10,000 prize.’

Delivering political messages through theatre in new Edge Hill Press book
‘The third title from Edge Hill University Press was celebrated at an event in Foyles bookshop in London on Friday 2 November, part of a series of UK launch events.’

Graduate’s debut play strips away the stereotype
‘First class Drama graduate Sarah Sharp has set up her own theatre company, Succour Punch Theatre, who will perform Stripped at the University’s Arts Centre on Wednesday 21st November.’

Supporting young women to be leaders of today, not just tomorrow
‘Strengthening how organisations support young women leaders was discussed by an Edge Hill academic during a research trip to Geneva with members of the World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA).’

Vampires and Britain’s mythical Queen Marie of Romania explored at special Romanian centenary event
‘Vampires and the mythical character of Britain’s forgotten Queen Marie of Romania will be explored at a special event celebrating Romania’s centenary.
Edge Hill University is hosting Queen of the Damned celebrating the life and mystery of Queen Marie whose heart lies buried in Transylvania’s clifftop Bran Castle, famed for being the home of Dracula.’

High climbing researcher part of vital worldwide plant research group
‘An Edge Hill University lecturer is helping to create a vital worldwide research group studying a special group of plants which grow high up in the canopy of tropical forests. Senior Lecturer in Plant Science Sven Batke, is one of the world’s leading researchers studying epiphytes (air plants) which don’t take root in soil and include ferns and orchids.’

The Weirdos come to Edge Hill
‘Edge Hill graduate Peter Miller is joining forces with Mike McGear-McCartney to bring to life his ‘Weirdo’ series of sketches in the form of a series of animations.’

Academics challenge ballet images with ageing, fat dancers in ‘The Buttcracker’
‘Edge Hill University academics are challenging the image of ballet by re-creating and queering photos of ageing and fat dancers in The Buttcracker.’ (Mark Edward, Helen Newall).

Selected External Coverage
(This excluding things like What’s On listings, useful though these are; for instance the Lancashire Evening post uses our material and has a 73.8k reach.)

The Bookseller (114k reach)
Hadley scoops £10k Edge Hill Prize for Bad Dreams
Coverage of the Short Story prize in a key industry publication.

Express (22.7m reach)
WARNING for Brexiteers: Professor highlights KEY issue if Theresa May’s deal is voted down
‘Professor Francesco Rizzuto from Edge Hill University warned RT that voting down Mrs May’s deal could only lead to a general election and a delay to the UK leaving the EU.’ (includes the Russia Today video.)

Plant-Based News (200k reach)
Not Just What’s On Your Plate: How Veganism Is Changing The Arts
Quotes EHU research

Wigan Today (40.7k reach)
Wigan woman to help those with life-limiting conditions
Nice story about an FoE graduate

SWLondoner (7.21k reach)
Aspiring Twickenham writer calls for fewer barriers to success for people with dyslexia
Quotes EHU research.

The Conversation

The most recent Conversation piece was Oct 21, GTA Grace Robinson writing about teenage drug runners (5,914 reads)

And that’s not all…

If you like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter you will find many stories and posts to share.

Over on Instagram we’re posting photos on a daily basis. More about tagging in next week’s post.

If you check out our YouTube channel you will find many subject videos to watch and share.

We also produce podcasts like this one about the Edge Hill Press book.

That’s all for this week’s summary. Do get in touch if there is something you’d like to feature here, or anything we can base future stories on.