MANCHESTER Met is an official partner of The Conversation website – a fantastic and high-profile media outlet for academics to provide news analysis and commentary.

The Conversation is an increasingly invaluable resource among the global university community and Manchester Met has joined this select group. It is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that is free to read and republish. As a partner, the University will have greater opportunities and daily requests for expert analysis via the Press Office.

Academics from the University have already been involved and benefited from featuring on The Conversation, with articles being republished by The Independent and The Huffington Post.

This May, the articles by Manchester Met academics on The Conversation were:
Cannibalism at Cannes: why eating humans holds us in thrall
By Dr Hannah Priest, Associate Lecturer, English
The dangerously alluring figure of the cannibal has long undermined the taboo status of cannibalistic practice.

How to beat exam stress with just the power of your brain
By Prof Peter Clough, Psychology
With exam season in full swing, how you cope with stress might be the difference between brilliance and burnout.

Is a capitalist democracy possible?
By Dr Kevin Albertson, Economics
The world seems caught between the competing political ideologies of left and right, with capitalism is caught right in the middle.

The Moors murders 50 years on: how Brady and Hindley became an awful ‘celebrity’ template
By Dr Martin King, Principal Lecturer, Social Care and Social Work
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley continue to fascinate the public, half a century after they were sentenced to life in prison.

How social media is changing the church
By Dr Bex Lewis, Senior Lecturer, Digital Marketing
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are helping change the top-down nature of organised Christianity.

Slang shouldn’t be banned … it should be celebrated, innit
By Dr Rob Drummond, Senior Lecturer, Linguistics
We should be well jel of geezers who speak slang, says a language expert.

How you can get involved

Interested academics may be contacted by the Press Office with a daily expert request. Alternatively, if you have an idea or are aware of a topic or issue that is likely to feature in the news agenda, you can contact the Press Office or pitch directly to The Conversation:

Send article ideas at any time to The Conversation, either direct via e-mail to an editor or using the pitch function on the site. Please contact the Press Office and relevant Conversation section editor about new or near-completed research, so they can follow up for potential articles and with relevant photos, video or multimedia for potential inclusion in articles.

You can download The Conversation Authors Guide here: Author Guide 2016 or speak to the Press Office: Chris Morris x2184, Kat Dibbits x5278 or Maryam Ahmed x2181.


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