College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Apply now for innovative media training programme

Applications are now open for the second year of MediaTalent, the University’s in-depth multi-platform media training programme for academics.

Following its successful first year, the search is on for a new group of academics looking to gain a valuable foothold in the media and learn how to share their expertise with a wide audience.

Run by the College's Press and PR Team, MediaTalent trains staff on how to approach live broadcast interviews, helps them write incisive opinion pieces, and introduces them to some of the country’s top journalists and producers.

MediaTalent 2016 Group Shot

The Class of 2015-2016

To meet last year's successful cohort, see their work and learn more about MediaTalent, visit

What is involved?

Successful initial applicants will be invited to a day-long media training session in November. From this, a final group of up to 12 academics will be chosen to take part in four in-depth sessions in the new year.

MediaTalent mixes practical workshops dedicated to writing, social media, documentaries and broadcast media and external speakers from across the media.

Last year this included producers from BBC Radio 4 and current and former editors of The Scotsman and The Times.

Sessions will take place in Edinburgh and will include a visit to media outlets in Glasgow.

How to apply

Please send the following by 10 October to

  • A one page CV, including a section on your research interests
  • Drawing on your own area of research and expertise, write a comment piece on a recent UK or international news event. It should be no more than 400 words long. The piece can comment on anything, from the upcoming US election or Brexit to a critique of a recently released film. The only criteria is that it must relate to your academic work.

A panel featuring senior members of CAHSS and members of the press team will select the initial successful applications.

Who is MediaTalent for?

The programme is for academics working in the arts, humanities and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Applicants can be at any stage of their career.

MediaTalent is for academics who want to talk to the public about their work in engaging, innovative ways. It is for academics who believe there is space in the media for their views and expertise. It is for those who would like to influence the public debate and give their research added impact.

What impact does it have?

The 12 successful academics chosen for its first year have since appeared in the media more than 50 times, featuring outlets such as The Times, BBC Radio 4, and The Independent and in international media in Spain, the US and Ireland.

I’ve learned so much and these media workshops have given me the confidence to really seek out public engagement with my research.

Dr Liliana Riga Lecturer in sociology

How much will it cost?

All costs will be covered by the College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Science and the ESRC Impact Accelerator Account awarded to the University.


Find out more about MediaTalent