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Corporate Communications

Meet the Team

The Corporate Communications team is responsible for managing the University of Derby's reputation and raising its profile, and does this through press and PR, internal communications, policy and public affairs activity.

We put forward academics, support staff and student representatives for 'expert comment' on different topics to local and national broadcast media, and our ISDN line enables radio interviews to take place on site, but with studio quality sound. Our University blog showcases academic and staff expertise, research and knowledge across a whole host of interesting topics, and is a useful source of content for the media.

The team also manages the University's internal communications, which includes the production of Inform, our weekly digital staff newsletter, and we are also responsible for producing the Annual Review and the bi-annual, award-winning University of Derby magazine which you can read here.

Through our public affairs work we look to influence public policy decisions and shape sector debate by responding to government or parliamentary consultations that are seeking expert contributions.

We are highly experienced in communications and journalism - locally, regionally and nationally - as well as in-house and agency public relations, and have scooped a number of industy awards in recognition of our work.

Awards include:

  • Class Winner (Skills Digital) for Inform - IoIC Central & North Awards 2017
  • Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team of the Year - CIPR PRide Awards 2016
  • Education Communications Campaign - CIPR PRide Awards 2016
  • Class Winner (Stakeholder Publication) for the University of Derby Magazine - IoIC Central & North Awards 2015 

We aim to ensure that journalists get to the facts and the people they want in the shortest possible time. You can see our Guide to Expertise and download a handy app here.

All enquiries from media should be directed through the Press Office. For information about the University, further details on current news, press releases or requests for academic expertise, please contact:

You can also find us on Twitter: @Derbyunipress

Head of Corporate Communications - Rosie Marshalsay

Tel: 01332 591942 / 07920 235586


Alice Oliver

Head of Internal Communications - Alice Oliver

Tel: 01332 592032 (Out of hours for major incidents only: 07887 558 193)


PR Officer - Kelly Tyler

Tel: 01332 591891


PR Officer - Gemma Bradley

Tel: 01332 592279


Policy & Public Affairs Officer - Jeremy Swan

Tel: 01332 591994


PR Assistant – Deanna Mathieson

(Student Placement)

Tel: 01332 591978