The Social Sciences Division offers a range of support, resources and training opportunities to help researchers and professional services staff in communicating social sciences research to a wide range of audiences through a variety of different media.
We work closely with colleagues in the University’s Research and Innovation Communications team; the central point of contact for communicating Oxford’s world-class research to the mainstream national and international media. In addition to pitching stories to media and reacting to media enquiries, the team also produce and curate feature articles, expert comment pieces, Oxford profiles, and social media accounts (including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn). If you would like to discuss a potential news story with the team, please liaise with your departmental communications officer and Sarah Whitebloom (Communications Manager: Research and Innovation) on firstname.lastname@example.org, or the news office on email@example.com.
You can also connect with us and the Social Sciences research community on social media on Twitter @oxsocsci and using the hashtag #oxsocsci. We co-ordinate with colleagues across all the Social Sciences departments to help promote stories, reports and blogs relating to your research across Twitter.
The University is also a member of The Conversation; an online platform that combines academic expertise with incisive journalism to produce expert, thought-provoking articles for a global audience. As part of this partnership, the Conversation delivers regular editorial workshops designed to help researchers to consider the news potential of their expertise and research; identify relevant hooks and angles in the current news; and write a high-quality pitch for a story to the editors.
We produce a broad range of case studies highlighting the real-world impact of the research and expertise of academics in the Division. These case studies are available for you to share via your own social media and academic profile pages, and help to raise the profile of the Division’s cutting-edge research. We are always looking for new material to showcase, so if you have a story relating to the impact of your research – shaping policy, influencing industry, or building fruitful collaborations.