Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement

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We manage the University's political engagement activities, deliver a programme of strategic events and support estates communications.

About us

Public affairs

About us

We are here to help researchers engage with policymakers to influence and inform policy. We support academics across the University, of all disciplines, from PhD students to professors. 

We can advise you on engaging with policymakers and preparing written briefings. We also support the University as an organisation through corporate public affairs activity.

The team

  • Jennifer Crisp, Head of Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations
    Talk to me about: higher education policy, corporate affairs, West Midlands region
    Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 3009 / 07976 954390
    Email: J.Crisp@bham.ac.uk
  • Jeremy Swan, Public Affairs Manager (Policy Impact)
    Talk to me about: REF, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
    Telephone: +44 (0)121 415 8258 / 07837 337585
    Email: J.M.A.Swan@bham.ac.uk
  • Elizabeth Kirsch, Public Affairs Manager
    Talk to me about: REF and College of Social Sciences
    Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 6482 / 0785 5273876
    Email: e.h.kirsch@bham.ac.uk
  • Kate McGowan, Public Affairs Manager
    Talk to me about: corporate affairs, West Midlands region, College of Arts and Law
    Telephone: +44 (0)121 414
    Email: K.L.McGowan@bham.ac.uk
  • Olivia Barfi, Community Relations and Public Affairs Assistant
    Telephone: +44(0)121 415 8262
    Email: O.Barfi@bham.ac.uk

Team email: publicaffairs@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Events

About us

The Events team delivers a strategic events portfolio as part of the University’s Communication and Reputation remit. This includes the Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series, the University Annual Meeting and the Baggs Memorial Happiness Lecture.

Successful events facilitate the engagement of key local, national and international stakeholders, empowering staff to engage with new audiences and cementing existing relationships. 

If you are looking for support for an event that you are organising within your own department, please contact Debbie Naylor who would be pleased to work with you to help deliver a successful event, ensuring an excellent ‘First, Last and Lasting Impression’ of the University of Birmingham.

The team

Team email: uobevents@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Estates communications

About us

The Estates communications team work with colleagues across the University to make sure all the right people know about major capital developments at the right time. This involves working closely with a variety of departments, including Estates and Hospitality and Accommodation Services. They also lead on community engagement, attending local meetings and responding to concerns from the University’s neighbours about organisational matters.

The team

  • Sally Xerri-Brooks, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager (Estates)
    Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 3984
    Email: S.B.Xerribrooks@bham.ac.uk
  • Olivia Barfi, Community Relations and Public Affairs Assistant
    Telephone: +44(0)121 415 8262
    Email: O.Barfi@bham.ac.uk

Contact

For public affairs enquiries please contact publicaffairs@contacts.bham.ac.uk

For events enquiries please contact uobevents@contacts.bham.ac.uk

For estates communications enquiries please contact S.B.Xerribrooks@bham.ac.uk