Lights, camera, action! KTA funds Media Training to give staff confidence in radio and television interviews

Seven academics found themselves in the media spotlight last week after undergoing a new hands-on training course.

The University of Bath’s Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) has commissioned a series of workshops related to working with the media, the first of which was held on Tuesday 7 June. Further sessions will be held on 30 June and 6 September.

The KTA aims to ensure that we communicate Bath’s research, so that it can be taken up by external organisations and have an impact.

The day was mainly practical and provided the opportunity to learn how to handle television and radio interviews, both live and pre-recorded.

It was run by former ITV journalist Myra Lee, who now works part-time in the University’s press office as well as teaching journalism at the University of the West of England and running her own media-training company.

Myra, who has 18 years experience as a journalist, was supported by freelance cameraman Ewan Sinclair, who has spent the last 25 years working for ITV and Sky, and the University’s AV Recorded Media-manager Sacha Goodwin.

The trainees were selected from a range of disciplines, got on well and gave supportive feedback to each other.

Dr David Tosh, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, said: “Perhaps one of the best University courses I have been on." 

Dr Rob Branston, School of Management, said: “It was an excellent day and I’d recommend it to others”.

Dr Lucy O’Shea, Department of Economics, said: “The hands-on practical experience was excellent and extremely helpful. It was a very enjoyable day”.

Anyone interested in booking onto the two further sessions on 30 June and 6 September should contact Will Marsh, Head of Corporate Communications.

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