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 in other languages and a range of publications including The Independent and The Huffington Post.

This August, the articles by Manchester Met academics on The Conversation were:

How to stop a zombie apocalypse – with science
By Joanna Verran, Professor of Microbiology, and Dr Matthew Crossley, Lecturer in Web Technologies
What could we do if a real-life zombie disease started to spread?

Five myths about lower back pain
By Dr Chris McCarthy, Clinical Fellow in Physiotherapy
You may think you know what causes lower back pain, but you’re probably wrong.

Where did it all go wrong for grassroots football?
By Dr Daniel Parnell, Senior Lecturer in Business Management
The Premier League may well be flying, but right now, English football is dying.

We can all be a little radicalised: recognising this will help tackle extremism
By Dr Gavin Bailey, Sociology
Many of us go through periods of radicalisation – spotting when this is a danger rather than over-reacting is the key.

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.