Engagement and External Relations
Collaborating to create a dynamic external profile for the School of Social Sciences.
What we do
The team lead on communications and engagement, both externally and internally within the School, Faculty and University taking responsibility for alumni engagement, social media, press releases, and media campaigns focussing on research, news and achievements to raise the profile of the School.
The External Relations Team help organise and promote annual public lectures and mid to large-scale conferences.
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Director of Engagement & External Relations, Professor Claire McGourlay
Responsible for leading the further development and ongoing implementation of the School strategy for external relations, to develop and maintain a sustainable network of external partnerships, including the School’s alumni community. Claire works with School Senior Leadership Team, Business Engagement and Internationalisation leads as well as the Director of Teaching, Learning and Students and Social Responsibility.
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Director of Social Responsibility, Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou
Professor Papadimitriou oversees the implementation of the University’s third Core Objective (Social Responsibility) in the School of Social Sciences. He chairs the School’s Social Responsibility Committee and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is the Academic Director of the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Sciences and heads the SoSS Taskforce on Widening Participation. He is the Athena SWAN lead for the School and the Academic Coordinator of the Sexual Consent Workshops.
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Business Engagement Lead, Professor Javier Garcia Oliva
In the last few years, it has become even more important for universities and industry (public bodies, private parties and the third sector) to collaborate with each other. There are many examples of really productive and exciting cooperation across the different departments of SoSS, and it is my role, as the Business Engagement Lead, to keep supporting these links, whilst seeking to open up new avenues. It is a privilege to be in charge of facilitating wider collaboration with external partners, and we are grateful for the support of the Faculty of Humanities team in this endeavour.
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Professional Services staff
Engagement & External Relations Manager, Sarah Tiffany-Dodman
Strategic and managerial oversight of external relations, social responsibility, environmental sustainability and research communication strategies, with some operational emphasis on social responsibility and profile raising.
Coordination and monitoring of activity in the context of engaging with external stakeholders to further the strategic plan of the School.
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Engagement & External Relations Coordinator, Sophie Theis
Engagement with external stakeholders, Faculty Research Communications Network and other internal networks, to widen further the strategic aims to widen & deepen public engagement to raise the profile of the School.
Operational lead on alumni engagement and donor relations including sponsorship.
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Engagement & External Relations Officer, Noémie Rouault
Logistics and operational lead for conference & events planning (virtual delivery). Operational lead to widen engagement of prospective students in partnership with Recruitment & Admissions.
Environmental Sustainability lead. Wellbeing Champion.
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Engagement & External Relations Assistant, Maureen Barlow
Administrative support for engagement, external relations and event organisation. Assistance with maintaining links with alumni and widening student engagement.
Working with colleagues across the School to maintain a calendar of events.
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Graduate Intern, Holly Wright
Primarily working on projects related to further enhancing internal and external communications (including website updates and day-to-day social media) and event planning. Responsible for monitoring and reporting impact by keeping a record of analytics.
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