Press Office

The Press Office is the official link between the University and external media and we manage the University’s media profile. We have responsibility for some additional internal and external communications activities.

Contact us

  • Marie Woolf, Head of Press and Public Affairs
    Tel: 01392 722616
    Mob: 07824 545608
  • Duncan Sandes, Senior Press and Media Manager
    Tel: 01392 722391
    Mob: 07789 874838
  • Louise Vennels, Senior Press and Media Manager
    Tel: 01392 724927
  • Kerra Maddern, Senior Press and Media Manager
    Tel: 01392 722062
  • Alex Morrison, Senior Press and Media Manager
    Tel: 01392 724828

Out of Hours contact

For urgent enquiries outside of normal office hours please ring 07867 536750 or email pressoffice@exeter.ac.uk

Media relations

We work with local, regional, national and international newspapers, magazines, online and broadcast media in the following ways:

  • Writing and issuing press releases on newsworthy activity at the University. This includes working with the Colleges to generate coverage for research.
  • Publicising major developments at the University and coordinating media coverage for our events.
  • Coordinating responses to media enquiries about the University and its research. 
  • Supervising media visits to the University, including filming by TV news crews and documentary companies and press photography.
  • Pre-empting and managing potential ‘bad news’ to ensure the University gets its messages across to the media in the most effective way.

We manage a programme of media training for academics, senior managers and other staff who are likely to be asked to speak to the media. Places are limited, so we select attendees based on the likelihood of them using the skills for media interviews. If you think media training would be useful and appropriate to you, please contact us.

We are also responsible for media monitoring. We produce a weekly report of the University’s media coverage. If you would like to receive this information by email, please contact us.

Media protocol

Download the University of Exeter media protocol (.pdf) (staff access only).

Out of hours contact

For urgent enquiries outside of normal office hours please ring 07867 536750 or email pressoffice@exeter.ac.uk

Watch Dr Eduarda Santos talk about her experiences of working with the press office

 

Corporate communications

We work with colleagues in Communication Services and across the University to develop and implement strategic communication plans for major projects (e.g. capital programmes, Science Strategy, Future Workplaces).

We are also responsible for the news section of the University website.