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The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

Our team of professional editors work with university and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.

Access to independent, high quality, authenticated, explanatory journalism underpins a functioning democracy. Our aim is to allow for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. And hopefully allow for a better quality of public discourse and conversations.

We aim to help rebuild trust in journalism. All authors and editors sign up to our Editorial Charter. All contributors must abide by our Community Standards policy. We only allow authors to write on a subject on which they have proven expertise, which they must disclose alongside their article. Authors’ funding and potential conflicts of interest must also be disclosed. Failure to do so carries a risk of being banned from contributing to the site.

The Conversation launched in Australia in March 2011. Since then it has grown to become one of Australia’s largest independent news and commentary sites. Now we’ve launched in the UK to bring our brand of trusted, evidence-based journalism to a new audience. The Conversation UK will be a distinct site, focused on issues of relevance to a local audience.

The Conversation UK is launching as a pilot site, building up to a larger newsroom of dedicated journalists.

We believe in open access and the free-flow of information. The Conversation is a free resource: free to read (we’ll never go behind a paywall), and free to share or republish under Creative Commons. All you need to do is follow our simple guidelines. We also provide indispensable media resource: providing free content, ideas and talent to follow up for press, web, radio or TV.

Sincere thanks go to our Founding Partners who gave initial funding support: University of Aberdeen; University of Birmingham; University of Bradford; Bristol University; Cardiff University; City University London; Durham University; Glasgow Caledonian University; Goldsmiths, University of London; Lancaster University; University of Leeds; University of Liverpool; University of Nottingham; the Open University; Queen's University Belfast; University of Salford; University of Sheffield; University of Surrey; University College London (UCL) and University of Warwick.

Thanks also to strategic partners HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England); HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales); Scottish Funding Council; Nuffield Foundation; Wellcome Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Macfarlanes.

Our newsroom is based in London, but our team is part of a global newsroom able to share content across sites and around the world. The Conversation UK is owned by The Conversation Trust (UK) Limited and is a not for profit educational entity.