We are very pleased to announce the list of placements and recipients for our 2015 Media Fellowships.

The British Science Association Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend three to six weeks working at the heart of a media organisation in the UK.

This year, Media Fellows are undertaking placements at a range of well-known media organisations, such as The Irish Times, Londonist, Mirror Online, The Times, The Guardian, Nature News, BBC Breakfast and BBC Scotland.

  • Susanna Jolly,  University of Sheffield, is placed with the BBC Radio Science Unit, funded by the University of Sheffield.
  • Dr Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham, is placed with The Guardian, funded by the University of Nottingham.
  • Dr Martha Finnegan, Research Registrar at St Patrick’s University Hospital is placed with The Irish Times funded by Science Foundation Ireland.
  • Dr Sarah Bell, University College London, is placed with Londonist, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Yasmin Ali, E.On Exploration and Production is placed with BBC Radio Science Unit, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
  • Dr Susan Skelton Spesyvtseva, University of St. Andrews, is placed with BBC Scotland, funded by STFC.
  • Dr Anastasia Christakou, University of Reading is placed with Nature News, funded by BBSRC
  • Dr Rachel Isba, Emergency Department, North Manchester General Hospital, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University, is placed with BBC Breakfast, funded by the Wellcome Trust
  • Dr Lucy Potter, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is placed with Mirror Online funded by the Wellcome Trust.

After their media placement, Fellows attend the British Science Festival in September, which provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside a range of media organisations from all over the UK in our dedicated Press Centre. The Festival also offers opportunities to learn from a wide range of public engagement activities and network with academics, journalists and science communicators.

Katherine Mathieson, Director of Programmes, said “Our Media Fellowships are a unique opportunity for scientists and engineers to develop their confidence and willingness to engage with the media, and help build trust between scientists and the media.”

Find out more about our Media Fellowships.

We expect to open applications for 2016 Fellowships in January 2016.