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The Conversation welcomes new members

Twelve UK universities have become members of The Conversation as we move from our pilot phase into being an established media outlet.

Following our launch last year, we now publish around 20 articles a day on subjects at the heart of the news agenda. Last month, content created by The Conversation in the UK was read by more than seven million people – up from two million at start of the year.

The new universities are: Bath Spa, Brighton, Brunel, Cardiff Metropolitan, Coventry, Edinburgh Napier, Essex, King’s College London, Leicester, Southampton, Sussex and Queen Mary.

They join our 20 Founding Partner universities: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, City, Durham, Glasgow Caledonian, Goldsmiths, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, The Open University, Queen’s Belfast, Salford, Sheffield, Surrey, UCL and Warwick.

We continue to represent a collaboration between professional editors and academics, providing the public with rolling coverage of news and access to new information about cutting-edge research as it becomes available.

The website’s bumper supply of high-quality journalism is aimed at the general public and is also available for reuse by other media. Established publications including the Washington Post, the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Hindu, the New Zealand Herald, the Independent, the Daily Mail have been regularly publishing, linking to, and featuring work produced by us. Exciting new media such as Ars Technica, Quartz and Pacific Standard also republish our content.

Editor Stephen Khan says: “Having the backing of this wide range of universities is vital as we move forward into the next phase of The Conversation’s development. We aim to produce more and better high-quality journalism, rooted in the knowledge and expertise of the academic sector.”

Chief Executive Max Landry says: “We are thrilled to welcome the 12 new members on board. The backing of all our partner institutions is vital for the future of The Conversation. They are the bedrock of this project and we look forward to working closely with them to develop our offering.”