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Emma Thorne

Head of News, Faculty of Registrars



I joined the University in June 2000, having previously worked in regional print journalism. My experience working as a reporter for local weekly and daily publications gave me an excellent grounding in the news-gathering and contact building skills which underpinned my work in the Press Office as Media Relations Manager for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. I have since stepped up to the role of Head of News, leading the Press Office team of Media Relations Managers supporting the University's faculties.

I am passionate about science communication and love working in a job where we get to tell stories about amazing people and how their research is changing lives and making the world we live in a better place.

Expertise Summary

My main areas of responsibility are:

  • Reputation management and profile raising
  • Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • News-gathering (UoN Nottingham, Ningbo, Malaysia campuses)
  • Editorial content production (press releases, podcasts, films, blogs, award submissions, magazine features, etc)
  • Channel management and engagement (website, social media, publications, intranet)
  • Handling media enquiries (for print, online, broadcast news, features and documentaries)
  • Staff training (engaging with the media, writing and pitching opinion pieces, broadcast interview skills, etc)

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Main areas of responsibility:

  • Newsgathering and contribution to internal publications
  • Media enquiries
  • Press releases
  • Web-based news
  • Editorial content for Hermes
  • Media training
  • Guide to Expertise for the Media, editor

Hours of work: Monday to Wednesday