Mr James Hakner

Post:Media Relations Manager (Press and Communications Office)
Location:SUSSEX HOUSE SH-230

Telephone numbers
Internal:7966 or 3944
UK:01273 877966 or 01273 873944
International:+44 1273 877966 or +44 1273 873944
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I work within the central Media Relations team, which is part of the Communications and External Affairs division. The main aim of our team is to improve the profile and reputation of the University of Sussex in the media.

My specific role is as the Media Relations Manager for the School of Business, Management and Economics and the School of Engineering and Informatics.

I also have a University-wide remit and am a key point of contact for institutional stories and reputational issues.

By developing and maintaining strong and positive relationships with journalists and academics, I seek to gain positive international, national, regional and local media coverage for the University.

I also advise staff on media-handling issues and interviews and can give guidance and support to academics on how they can promote their University research and raise their profile in the media.

Common approaches include writing and publishing press releases and other creative content about research findings, encouraging academics to comment on breaking news stories, and - increasingly - finding ways to tell stories about the University on social and digital media.

See our web pages for more about the Media Relations team and how we can help you.