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Media skills training

This one-day course develops skills in working with television, radio, newspapers and other media.

Applying for this scheme

The course is held at Carlton House Terrace in London from 9.00am - 5:00pm. 

New course dates will be advertised when available.

The course costs £450 and payment is required in full at the time of registration.

On this one-day course you will work with an experienced TV production team, a top voice coach, and a leading science communicator to prepare and practice media interviews.

Dealing with the media can be daunting. Will they understand your work? What if they get it wrong? Will you perform at your best?

During the course you will discover how the media works, and how to use that knowledge. You will be shown how to interrogate your work into a story the media will be interested in, and what to expect when the media calls. The tutors will work with you to prepare your story for interview, and you will learn techniques so that you, and your message, come across as well as possible.

Benefits for participants

  • Hear what it’s like in the interview hot seat from space scientist and presenter of the BBC’s “Sky at Night” Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE.
  • Conquer nerves and find your voice with coach, Royal Shakespeare Company trained Victoria Pritchard.
  • Learn communication techniques from award winning TV producers and journalists.
  • Practice on-camera and radio interviews: you will do a friendly ‘soft’ interview, a remote interview from an unattended studio, and a hard interview on camera.

This course is designed by Screenhouse and is tutored by leading production and communications professionals.

Cancellation policy

A place is reserved for you upon receipt of the booking email. Confirmation of your place will be made, by email, when your funding is confirmed. After you have submitted your registration and you have received a confirmation email from us, should you need to cancel at least 3 weeks in advance of the course date, you will receive a 50% refund; if you cancel with less than 3 weeks’ notice, or you fail to attend without giving notice, then you will receive no refund.


The Royal Society, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 provide bursaries to cover the cost of the course for scientists whom they fund.

Those eligible for a bursary from STFC may also claim travel and subsistence costs up to a maximum of £300.