Dr Gemma Allen, Lecturer in Early Modern History, is one of two of the 30 women selected from a total of 2,000 applicants, covering specialist areas that are under-represented in the media by women, to attend a BBC Academy Training Day for female experts at BBC centre, London.
The course is part of an initiative to increase the number of female experts appearing as presenters and specialists in the media.
On the training day participants will receive coaching and practical hands-on experience in TV and radio studios, as well as attending master classes and networking with media specialists including one of the Apprentice finalist Saira Khan, TV producer and author Daisy Goodwin, One Show editor Sandy Smith, Sky News’ Kay Burley, Historian Kate Williams, zoologist Miranda Krestovnikoff and space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
Sarah Wood, executive producer, BBC Academy, said “This is a great opportunity for us to share our training, and maybe the day will produce one or more star female presenters.”
Extracts of the Expert Women training day will also be available to watch live at the BBC Academy website between 9am and 6pm on 18 January and podcasts will follow on the website.