External Relations

Media Team

The Media Team, based in the External Relations Division, aims to protect and enhance the reputation of the university, ensuring that wherever possible media coverage of the institution is accurate, fair and positive.

Our Media Team provide a central source for media enquiries from national and international journalists. We work proactively, contacting journalists about our latest news and research, and reactively, providing journalists with comment from our University experts on current affairs and breaking news topics.

Watch this short video that showcases the work of the Media Team generating news around our University, academics and researchers in relation to the covid-19 pandemic.

The Media Team uses media monitoring tools to measure the University’s coverage and reputation.

During 2020, we generated more than 100,000 mentions for the University of Leicester in the media, with a reach of approximately 1.4billion people.

This is equivalent to an advertising value of almost £80million.

Who we are

Mina Sharma profileMina Sharma - Media Relations Manager


Mina has over 20 years’ experience of working within media relations. Mina’s experience includes working at the Department of Health and Social Care press office, in the press team at the Royal College of GPs and leading the media team at Westminster City Council during the 2012 Olympics. Since moving out of London, Mina has led on media relations for the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner and worked in the press team at Leicestershire County Council, before joining the University of Leicester in 2019.

Jonathan Whitney profileJonathan Whitney - Press Officer


Jonathan is responsible for communicating both research and corporate activity at the University of Leicester, and is charged with securing positive media coverage as well as managing reputation. Formerly of De Montfort University, De Montfort Students’ Union and Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.

Contact us

For journalists

  • press@le.ac.uk
  • +44(0)116 252 2160
  • Out-of-hours service: The Media Team is staffed Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. We assign a Duty Media Officer to handle urgent media enquiries in the evenings or at weekends.

Filming on campus

The Media Team will assist teams filming news stories related to University of Leicester research and expertise on campus. This can include suggesting appropriate filming locations; liaison with academics or other interviewees; informing relevant people and Departments who may otherwise be disrupted; securing parking (where possible) and meeting on arrival.

For staff

Staff should visit MyWorkspace for more information.

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