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At a time of extraordinary change in university financing, media training is something universities cannot afford to ignore:

  • Media publicity brings in both students and donations, nationally and internationally

  • Proving impact is a vital part of getting research grants

  • The public wants to know how its money is being spent and expects researchers to justify themselves.

  • Media publicity helps to find cross-disciplinary collaborators and business partners


mpi is the most experienced provider of media and podcasting training to British universities. We have repeatedly trained at 40 British universities, a number of Doctoral Training Partnerships as well as the Max Planck Institutes at Göttingen, Germany, and Ukraine’s foremost independent university, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.


We offer our hands-on media and podcasting training to PhD candidates, early career researchers and academic staff, as well as university international departments. We also offer training at national and international conferences in specific academic fields. We run face-to-face full-day workshops or shorter courses, to meet our clients’ needs. Our online courses can be delivered in one day or in two consecutive half-day sessions. You can find sample agendas for both media and podcasting workshops here.

Why choose us

  • We prepare realistic exercises and interview scenarios for each individual, based on their area of research/expertise

  • Unlike many media trainers who focus exclusively on science communication, we have a great record in training specialists not just in science, medicine, engineering and technology, but also from the arts, humanities and social sciences

  • We build confidence in a friendly and informal atmosphere and get excellent feedback


At our media course you will learn:

  • What the media wants from academics

  • How to identify media-friendly elements in your research

  • How to present complex issues to non-specialists

  • How to develop contacts with the media

  • How to prepare for an interview

  • How to handle difficult and hostile questions

  • Voice and body language tips


At our podcasting workshop you will learn:

  • How to tell a good story in a podcast

  • How to plan and structure a podcast

  • How to interview colleagues for a podcast

  • How to record a podcast in both talk and interview formats


Our University and Doctoral Training Centre Clients Include: Bangor, Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Brunel, Cambridge, Courtauld Institute of Art, Durham, Essex, Exeter, Greenwich, Hertfordshire, Kent, King’s College London, Kingston, London School of Economics, London Metropolitan University, Loughborough, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Queen Mary’s, University of London, St George’s, University of London, Southampton, Surrey, Sussex, Queens University, Belfast, University of London, University of the Arts, London, University College, London, University of East Anglia, University of South Wales, Warwick, Winchester,  York, WRoCAH DTP, LISS DTP, LAHP DTP, CHASE DTP, TECHNĒ DTP, Northern Bridge DTP, Grand Union DTP, SWW DTP, NWC DTP, SC DTP, CEELBAS DTP, NINE DTP

Medical Schools and Schools of Public Health: Barts and the London, Brighton and Sussex, St George’s London Medical Schools; Oxford, LKSS, East of England and Wessex Schools of Public Health

International departments: University of London, University of East Anglia, BUILA Conference 2013

Overseas Universities: Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany; Kyiv-Mohyla University, Kyiv, Ukraine

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