Thought Leadership: read latest views and opinions from Leicester academics and join The Conversation

Posted by ap507 at Sep 30, 2014 09:55 AM |
Read latest views, blogs and opinions from Leicester academics and join The Conversation

In the latest of a series of opinion pieces, an article on The Conversation by Dr Barbara Cooke (pictured) from the School of English reflects on author Evelyn Waugh's contemporary Deborah Mitford and how despite their many differences, the novelist remained lifelong friends with the youngest of the Mitford sisters.

A further piece by Dr Simon Bennett from the Civil Safety and Security Unit discusses in the Leicester Mercury that we must learn from the Vietnam War in the fight against Isis.

And in the latest Management is too Important Not to Debate Blog, Dr Doris Ruth Eikhoft, School of Management, underlines why there’s so much more to the problem of gender inequality than the task of getting the incentives right.

Dr Tara McCormack, Department of Politics and International Relations, discusses on Spiked that after the Scottish independence referendum, Britain should learn the lessons of Yugoslavia.

You can discover other thought-provoking pieces on The Conversation, Leicester Exchanges and the Management is too Important Not to Debate Blog.

Join the Conversation

The University has joined other leading universities across the UK that have already partnered with The Conversation to post thought-provoking comment pieces.

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. The site launched in Australia in March 2011. Since then it has grown to become one of Australia’s largest independent news and commentary sites.

The Conversation has a monthly audience of 1.6 million users, and reach of 6.2 million through Creative Commons republication. It has a growing community of more than 13,100 academics and researchers from 851 institutions.

Writing content for The Conversation enables you to sign off on your articles, so you retain full control over what is being published. You can become an author and pitch an idea as well.

Many academics from the University have already contributed to The Conversation. Their articles can be found here.

'Working with The Conversation is easy. You write something interesting and they help you make it into a sharp and engaging article. You are being edited by real journalists, and it’s a great way of getting your ideas to a broader audience.'

Professor Martin Parker

"Working with the editors at the conversation is a pleasure; they are very professional, turn articles around very quickly and are highly competent". 

Dr Andrew Futter

Latest news from the Conversation:

Last week university academics contributed 4 top stories on the Conversation in one day: Thought leadership blog.

“4 is certainly a stellar performance. What I would emphasise is that for a member institution who've only been fully signed up for the last couple of months, Leicester is performing exceptionally well – the quality of content and pitches has been really high, and I'm so glad that academics there are getting a lot out of the process!”

“University of Leicester are a tremendous asset as a member. I've had a lot of authors from there write pieces of high quality, and the impact of the university becoming a member has been really noticeable – having quick responses from the morning email and the press office has definitely helped us generate more high-quality writing that's as close to the news cycle as possible”.

Andrew Naughtie, Politics and Society Deputy Editor, The Conversation

For further information about writing for The Conversation, contact the Press Office pressoffice@le.ac.uk / sb661@le.ac.uk  / +44(0)116 252 576.

Academics from the University Professor Martin Parker and John Williams will be happy to respond to your queries or advice and share their experiences with working with The Conversation:

Professor Martin Parker, from the School of Management via email mp431@le.ac.uk or phone (0)116 252 5317

John Williams, from the Department of Sociology email jxw@le.ac.uk  or phone (0)116-252-2745