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Academics from City University London contribute to the success of The Conversation UK

The independent news website has achieved monthly unique readership figures of more than 850,000
by Sophie

nullThe Conversation UK has achieved an impressive 5 million page views since its launch last year. Based on a model established in Australia, the news website provides an independent and trusted platform for academic knowledge and opinion to be shared with the public.

Since the site's launch, academics from City University London have authored more articles than all but one other institution. Over 35 City academics have contributed articles relating to their research, covering topics as diverse as press freedom at the Winter Olympics, a smartphone app that can transmit scent and why banks are able to beat regulators.

The Conversation UK attracted 850,000 unique users in January alone with content syndicated by outlets including The Atlantic and New Statesman increasing the total readership to 1.65 million. Its success has enabled the recruitment of six new journalists to the site's editorial team which is based at City University London.

The site has developed two extra sections after securing more funding: Arts and Culture and Education. These add to the existing specialisms of: Business and Economy, Environment and Energy, Health and Medicine, Politics and Society and Science and Technology.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees in January. The Board is responsible for overseeing the successful development of The Conversation UK. Professor Sir Paul Curran commented:

"UK universities are passionate about their research and The Conversation UK enables them to communicate its importance and potential impact in an accessible way. I'm delighted that academics at City University London have taken the opportunity to write articles which are based on academically excellent research and professionally informed opinion".

The Conversation UK is funded entirely by grants from universities and other groups associated with academic research. City University London is a Founding Partner and provides office accommodation for the development and editorial staff. New backing has come in from Research Councils UK, academic publisher Sage and seven more universities meaning the site now has funding in place to see it through to the end of July.

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