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City joins The Conversation

City University London is a UK founding partner for academic news website The Conversation
by Kayley Goff

City University London officially joined The Conversation on 22nd March, when it was named one of the Founding Partners in a venture which will provide a new platform for academic expertise to be shared with the public. City is currently providing a base for The Conversation's development team and joins 12 other institutions partnering in the news and commentary website, which will launch in May.

Established by Andrew Jaspan in Australia two years ago with the aim of providing independent, high quality and trusted content, The Conversation has grown rapidly to become Australia's largest independent news, commentary and analysis website. Currently it receives more than 850,000 unique visits each month and with over 5,000 academic contributors and 15 commissioning editors it is Australia's largest virtual news room.

The UK service will be run in partnership with the Melbourne-based arm, giving academic authors the opportunity to work with professional journalists, to apply their research and expertise to topical issues and to make it available to the public.

Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London and a representative on the Board of Trustees welcomed the launch stating: "The Conversation will provide City's academics with a new and innovative way of communicating directly with the public. We are passionate about our research and The Conversation will enable us to communicate its importance and potential impact in an accessible and relevant way."

Jonathan Hyams, The Conversation's UK Project Director commented: "We are extremely proud to be working with thirteen pioneering universities from all over the UK. The Conversation will offer a source of trusted comment and analysis combined with journalistic flair."

The Conversation is a not-for-profit company. Thirteen UK universities have committed support along with The Wellcome Trust, The Nuffield Foundation, HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England), HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) and the Scottish Funding Council.

The 13 UK Founding Partner universities are: University of Aberdeen; University of Birmingham; University of Bristol; Cardiff University; City University London; Glasgow Caledonian University; University of Liverpool; the Open University; University of Salford; University of Sheffield; University of Surrey; University College London (UCL); and University of Warwick

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