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 Engagement & External Relations Team help organise and promote annual public lectures and impactful events.
How to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Phil Drake
Phil Drake oversees the implementation of the University’s third Core Objective (Social Responsibility) in the School of Social Sciences and chairs the School’s Social Responsibility Committee. He is also the Director of the Justice Hub at The University of Manchester, which incorporates such projects as the Legal Advice Centre, Manchester Free Legal Help Scheme and the Manchester Innocence Project.
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Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Claire Fox
As the Director of EDI, Claire has responsibility for driving forward the School’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity within the workplace. Claire works closely with the School’s EDI Committee, Senior Leadership Team, the Faculty of Humanities EDI group, the University’s EDI team, and other groups within the University to develop the School’s equality, diversity and inclusion priorities and activities, including the continuing implementation of our Athena Swan Bronze award action plan.
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Business Engagement Lead, Ruby Hammer
Business Engagement is an important area of work carried out by social sciences at the University of Manchester. We regard it to be much wider than business liaison. Our work extends to third sector organisations, promotion of alumni projects and funding as well as the full range of consultancy and CPD opportunities. A wide range of world leading researchers and scholars can support the growth of innovation as well as helping to provide answers to some of the world’s most challenging issues. To find out more please contact Ruby Hammer at email@example.com.
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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 (currently on Secondment until May 2023) – vacancy being advertised
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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Engagement & External Relations Assistant, Holly Wright
Primarily works on projects related to further enhancing internal and external communications (including website updates and day-to-day social media) and event planning and liaison with both internal stakeholders and external organisations. Responsible for monitoring and reporting impact by keeping a record of analytics.
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