Alan Williams

Alan Williams

Senior Media and Communications Officer

Communication Services (External Relations)



As a member of the University's Media and Communications team, my role is all about finding ways to showcase our world-leading research, outstanding student achievements and campus activities and enhancements to a wider audience.

Since 2012, I have worked with academics and students to produce a range of content (including press releases, thought pieces, video, social media etc) helping to secure prominent national and international coverage through outlets across the BBC, The Times, Daily Telegraph, New York Times, and other publications throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.


With more than 20 years' experience, I can create an eye-catching story from a huge range of sources or - in some cases - none. This includes everything from 50-word snippets to 2500-word features, striking the right balance between keeping the reader informed and interested.

Internal Courses:
  • Environmental Sustainability (May 2022)
  • Safeguarding, including Prevent (May 2022)
  • GDPR and Information Security (June 2021)
  • Recruitment and Selection (December 2019)
  • Health and Safety (December 2019)
  • Mental Health Awareness (December 2019)
  • Disability Awareness (December 2019)
  • Unconscious Bias (June 2017)
  • Diversity in the Workplace (June 2017)
External Courses:
  • Social Media Masterclass (Janet Murray - September 2013)
  • Tactical Incident Management Training (March 2019)
  • Parliament for Press Officers (Parli-Training - November 2016)
  • Film training for iPhone and Android (Ministry of Media - May 2017)
  • Keeping control during testing times (UCEA - March 2015)
  • UKRI Press Officers Day (UKRI - November 2017)

I am also currently studying for an MSc Science Communication at the University of the West of England (2022-25).



Other Publications

Read examples of my work

News Releases

Opinion Columns (edited in conjunction with academics)

Twitter feed

Examples of media coverage I have helped secure

Scientists reveal the secrets behind Pluto’s dunes (May 2018)

  • News Release
  • Media Coverage

Scientists use a blender to reveal what’s in our smartphones (March 2019)

  • News Release
  • Media Coverage

Drinking glasses can contain harmful levels of lead and cadmium

Washing clothes releases thousands of microplastic particles into environment, study shows

New species of diving beetle found living in isolation in Africa

Prisoner of war’s coded letters home cracked by academics (April 2013)