The Conversation

I work on The World at One and PM programme. The Conversation enriches the way we tell our stories. It provides deeper angles, helps us frame our editorial questions and most importantly points us toward new voices that we want to put on the radio. It’s a valuable resource.

- Xavier Zapata, Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio 4

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

Writing content for The Conversation enables researchers to sign off on their articles, allowing the author to retain full control over what is being published.

With a growing community of more than 45,300 academics and researchers from 1,911 institutions, The Conversation is encouraging Leicester academics interested in raising their profile to become an author and pitch article ideas based on individual research expertise.

Leicester experts are also regularly contributing opinion pieces to the University's Think: Leicester platform, which provides academics and doctoral students with an opportunity to present their independent views on topical news. Recent highlights have included a number of articles about the policies of Donald Trump and insights into Brexit and the future of the UK.

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

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Professor Martin Parker from the School of Business said: “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.”


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 Dr Andrew Futter from the School of History, Politics and International Relations said: “Working with the editors at The Conversation is a pleasure; they are very professional, turn articles around very quickly and are highly competent.”



Leicester academics’ contributions to The Conversation have attracted praise.

Andrew Naughtie, Politics and Society Deputy Editor from The Conversation said: “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 our 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.”

Articles written for The Conversation are often republished by other media outlets. Recently, an article by Dr Leandro Minku from the Department of Informatics about artificial intelligence was republished by IFL ScienceThe Independent and the Daily Mail, highlighting the public relevance of the topic and the wide impact of the article on a national scale.

Academics from across our University have collectively captured the imagination of over 5 million readers through more than 240 articles written for The Conversation - setting a new milestone for Leicester in delivering expert opinion in response to topical news. Readership is global, with the below map illustrating the breakdown:

For further information about writing for The Conversation, contact Alex Phillimore in the Press Office on  / +44(0)116 252 5761.

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Think: Leicester does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Leicester - it expresses the independent views and opinions of the academic who has authored the piece. If you do not agree with the opinions expressed, and you are a doctoral student/academic at the University of Leicester, you may write a counter opinion for Think: Leicester and send to