The University has now joined a project called ‘The Conversation’, a free-to-read website containing topical articles written by academics. It’s intended to be an alternative to the mass media – allowing academics the freedom to write evidence based think-pieces without their words being twisted to suit media agendas. It’s also good for giving early career researchers a platform and some writing practice if they want to test their ideas out and build some confidence.
The process involves the academic submitting their text to the website, then changes are batted back and forth between them and the editor, and then the academic has to give final approval before it’s published. All articles are creative commons so you would be able to cut and paste them onto your own websites.
In Michaelmas Term there will be an introductory session for interested academics to attend at which “The Conversation” editors will speak. Subsequently there will be small group training for any academics who want more guidance about how to write a good piece.
If you are interested, please contact Carolyne Culver who will put you in touch with the relevant person within “The Conversation”.