Communications and Digital Engagement

What we do

We are responsible for telling GCU’s story: highlighting the excellence of our institution, achievements, world-leading research and people. The team is made up of a wide range of communications professionals, from social and traditional media officers, expert content creators and developers, writers, internal communications experts and digital specialists to designers, film makers and branding professionals. We all work daily to showcase GCU as a vibrant, innovative and multi-award-winning University for the Common Good.

Our focus is to speak to multiple audiences – locally, nationally and globally, through digital and traditional media channels – providing updates on our academic and teaching excellence, socially-innovative research, outstanding student experience, and our work to strengthen communities and generate positive change. The stories we tell about GCU attracts bright, talented students from around the world to join us. Here, they can fulfil their ambitions and become part of an amazing learning community.

Meet the senior team

Julie Adair – Director

Leading the directorate is digital media professional, Julie Adair, with experience at a senior level of both the private and public sectors. Julie has held leadership roles at start-ups, SMEs and large global corporations such as The Walt Disney Company and the BBC. She is passionate about growing and leading teams, as well as creating digital content and strategies.

“It is a joy to work with the range of talent in this department. The strength of the writing from the Comms team to the wealth of expertise in the Digital team all contribute to the pride we take in telling GCU's story every single day.”

Valentine Morgan – Head of Communications and Public Affairs

Valentine Morgan heads up the Communications and Public Affairs team. Valentine has a wealth of experience in communications, strategy development and implementation, and crisis management, with professional specialities including media relations and international development.

“GCU is a world-leading University at the cutting edge of social innovation, research and community engagement. Our dedication to furthering the Common Good inspires our staff, students, partners and people around the world.

“The Communications and Public Affairs team uses social and traditional media, internal communications and multimedia extensively to raise awareness of the University’s excellent work in all its forms, and to drive engagement with our staff, students, governments, corporate partners and other key stakeholders.”

Michael McGlinchey – Head of Digital Engagement

The Digital Engagement team is led by Michael McGlinchey, a former journalist with a breadth of experience in digital development and transformation, as well as an extensive background in managing digital channels and content production.

“GCU is a unique place, with a distinct mission to transform lives, enrich communities and create an impact on the world around us through education and research.

“Our job is to support our colleagues with the creation of great content, which highlights how we do things differently, encourages curious and active minds from across the globe to join us, engages our varied and valued stakeholders and supports the University’s activities and ambitions as the University for the Common Good. We act as a touchpoint for anyone who relies on the digital services of the University.”

Get in touch

For any general enquiries for the Communications team (during working hours), please email GCUNewsroom@gcu.ac.uk. For media enquiries specifically – such as to request an interview with an expert or to speak to our media team – visit the contact us page.

If you have a question or request for the Digital Engagement team, contact brand@gcu.ac.uk

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