The Media Relations team can advise on the best ways to get publicity through the press, TV and radio.

The team can help you prepare for interviews, support any requests from journalists and can pitch stories to the media.

They also respond to anything sensitive or potentially damaging in the media, to help protect the University’s reputation.

Media Relations includes the press office, which should be the first point of contact for local, national and international media.

If you need advice on getting publicity in the media, please email or call +44(0)113 343 4031.

See the key contacts in the team for different areas of research and expertise.

For urgent, out-of-hours media enquiries, please call +44(0)7712 389448.

Media training

We work with the Organisational Development and Professional Learning (formerly SDDU) to deliver media training courses to help people prepare for working with the media.

If you’re contacted by the media, you can give yourself time to prepare and refer them to the press office.

Training courses include:

  • How the University’s Media Relations team can support you
  • What makes a newsworthy story? [A course run in conjunction with The Conversation]
  • Media Skills courses
    Engaging with the media (with a focus on radio interviews)
    Television interview skills
    Writing for a general audience

You can book a place on the free courses via the SDDU website

The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent news website which sources content from the academic and research community.

The University of Leeds is a founding member.

Content is published under Creative Commons and many articles are also republished in the press.

You can sign up to become an author, pitch an idea directly, or contact the media relations team who work with The Conversations’ professional editors to help promote research and expertise.


You can view the University’s latest news stories and press coverage highlights in the newsroom.

There is also a University press statements and policy statements page.

External organisations and filming permissions

Any external organisation or individual wanting to film, photograph or record audio on campus must first obtain filming permission.

Consent for external organisations is granted by the Communications team, read details of how to obtain consent.

What to do if you’re contacted by the media about a sensitive issue

If you’re contacted by a journalist about a sensitive or controversial issue, what you say could have an impact on the reputation of the University.

If you’re contacted by the media about an issue you are concerned about:

  • you can find out what information is being requested, but be careful not to admit liability or speculate on anything. You don’t have to give any response there and then
  • if you don’t have  a planned response, tell them to contact the press office on or call 0113 343 4031
  • get advice and let the media relations team know about the call.

Crisis management

The media relations team manages the University’s response to sensitive and potentially damaging stories, helping to protect and safeguard the integrity, image and reputation of the University.

Please contact the University Secretariat in the case of an incident or if the media are contacting you directly about a contentious issue, and media relations will work with the Secretariat to issue any statements on behalf of the University.