Campus PR is a specialist agency providing expert communications and public relations services to leaders in higher education and research.
We use our expertise to help clients connect with specific target audiences and stakeholders; to deliver new partnerships and funding opportunities; and to raise their media profile.
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Jo is the founder of Campus PR and has established the agency as a leader in communications for higher education, research and innovation. Previously, she worked in the press office at the University of Leeds and as PR Officer at Leeds Innovations, the University’s technology transfer company. Jo is also on the committee of Stempra – the national network of science PR and communications professionals.
Abigail most enjoys getting to the heart of research to tell a story. With experience across the public sector, including universities, local government, health trusts and fire and rescue services, she takes a strategic approach to PR and communications. Before joining Campus PR in 2006, she was Head of Communications at the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) and worked for many years as a senior PR Officer for the University of Leeds.
Cambridge-educated and a former journalist, Beck runs our Birmingham office, generating high-profile exposure for clients. She has worked previously for the University of Cambridge’s Press and Publications team, liaising with the University’s science departments and Technology Transfer Office. She has also handled PR and communications for the National Trust and the Government’s New Deal for Communities programme.
When he's not working for Campus PR, Lawrie is a freelance writer, contributing to national and international media outlets covering technology, innovation and business. A former Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) press officer, he also spent five years managing the marketing, media and communications for South West CSU/NHS Bristol.
Richard helps deliver Campus PR’s ‘Broadcast your research’ training course. A radio journalist with more than 30 years’ experience in West Yorkshire, Richard has taught postgraduate journalists at Leeds Trinity University and has built a great reputation as a media skills trainer with recent clients including West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council.
An experienced science journalist, Richard has worked for the national media for 15 years after completing a degree in biochemistry. Now a freelance writer, he is fascinated by the knowledge good research can provide and more so by the questions it throws up. He helps Campus PR to run media training courses and with copywriting. He previously worked for the Telegraph, the MailOnline, Scotland on Sunday and the Daily Mirror.
Ruth is a communications consultant, with vast experience in communications and policy for science and scientists. She has built communications teams at Springer, BioMed Central and Nature, providing high-level, strategic support for over 15 years. She is a previous chair of Stempra, has written for Nature, appeared on the Guardian Science Podcast and has spoken on panels about strategic science communication and evidence-based policy making. She previously worked in the press offices at King’s College London and at Cancer Research UK.
Some PR agencies demand a lot of time to manage, but that’s just not the case with Campus PR. I know I can pass them a research story and leave them to handle it with total confidence.
Flexible. Professional. Invaluable. Campus PR will always go the extra mile and act as a vital extension of the team. Above all, they are honest and trustworthy. If you want to talk through how and why we’ve worked with them, just drop me a line.
I was absolutely delighted that the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Tissue Bank featured on the BBC News! This was a complex project to pull together – in particular co-ordinating and liaising between so many partner institutions and individual people. You did this with great patience and diplomacy and gave the Tissue Bank the best start we could have hoped for.
We’d been speaking to Smith & Nephew for a few years about working with us to commercialise the technology and we’d had some excellent publications on the research, but what got the company’s attention was the media coverage which Campus PR helped us achieve. The science on its own couldn’t do it – it was the publicity that clinched the deal.
It has been a pleasure working with you. The combination of informed enthusiasm, efficiency and quick communication has been a rare treat.
Working with Campus PR has been a great experience. We had a huge amount of interest in our project, which raised the department’s profile and helped us with our post-doctoral recruitment.
Campus PR think about my company as a whole, not just the specific job they’ve been assigned. They are very competent and reliable, giving me advice and acting as a sounding board for a range of things outside of our contract.
As a team Campus PR pulled out all the stops on providing support for the funding bids, responding swiftly and flexibly. Their responsive and effective support is what made us so ready to engage them again for similar work.
Campus PR gave some us some extremely useful feedback on our draft document. I am sure that this played a key role in how well our proposal was judged.
This flurry of media interest was beyond my experience and it was great to have an expert voice guiding me and my colleagues. I’m grateful for the efficiency and warmth that you brought to this work.
Campus PR are the first PR company I have dealt with (and I have dealt with a few) who do not try to “dumb down” the story or sensationalise it.
The proactive and incredibly professional way that Campus PR worked to raise the profile and impact of our research has been very impressive.
The Campus PR team is a real pleasure to work with and very efficient. They will take a communications project and manage it from start to finish, always delivering on time. Many of our international research collaborations are focused on complex and innovative areas of research. Campus PR has played an important role in helping us to translate these projects into language that is more accessible to a much wider audience.
Working with Campuspr was a very positive experience. The coverage raised the profile of the project and generated a number of important industry contacts that we are now following up.
Having once worked as a 'popular science editor' I appreciate the skills required to take some complex science and phrase it in such a way that it retains its excitement, interest and factual basis yet is written in a concise and accessible way. Campuspr has those skills in spades.
This wasn't just a success it was a fabulous debut for the conference. Thanks to you all for such a fantastic job.
Thanks again for the features. They are all really great pieces, well-structured with all of them putting in the context needed to bring the stories to life.
My experience of working with Campus PR has always been a complete pleasure. Their ability to create an outstanding product in a short period of time is testament to their responsive and professional approach. The team always finds time to listen and deliver solutions according to our needs and, best of all, they deliver great results.
Thank you so much for your help with the preparation of the submission for the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. Obviously we’re delighted and really proud of the achievement. It was a tough assignment given the time constraints and without your help it would have been even tougher, if not impossible.
We've been really pleased with the work you've done with engineering. It’s been a pleasure working with you all for so long and you've done some fantastic work for us
Having you supporting us at the British Science Festival was a real example of how working with Campus PR is a huge benefit. You know our academics, our vision, our team and you are a wonderful extension of our team. You’ve supported and guided, advised us and helped us achieve some wonderful coverage
Thank you for your help on publicising this work, which continues to go from strength to strength
It’s amazing how the story spread. All good, I’m happy. Many thanks for your help.
I’ve been contacted by a number of companies (which I’d been hoping to hear from) as a consequence of the coverage you achieved. Good work!
Our academics felt that your copywriters did a great job of explaining our research in a format that was accessible for all our audiences. Using Campus PR has really made light work for us, as by working with you to develop a content plan and key messages, I could leave it to you, safe in the knowledge that contact would be made with the relevant people, content would be created and approval would all be complete by our deadlines.