Innovators, influencers and leading voices in the media and digital. Welcome to the autumn/winter lineup of speakers for CORQ’s Academic Higher Education Programme. We work with universities across the UK to provide access to media, marketing and communications speakers for students aspiring to work in the creative industries post-graduation.
Through our exclusive series of talks, students can tune into discussions about how their future sectors are changing in the aftermath of the pandemic, get career advice from industry icons and learn essential digital skills. All sessions take place on Zoom and can be attended live or watched back at any time during the programme.
See below for confirmed speakers so far and email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to sign up your course, department, college or university today. Institutions on CORQ’s Academic Higher Education Programme can also access CORQ’s full archive of industry talks, which can be seen here.
SPEAKER LINEUP FOR 2021-2022 so far
OCTOBER 7TH: Kelly Allen, Celebrity Editor of Fabulous, on the anatomy of post-pandemic fame. In this insight session, Allen – who has been a celebrity reporter, editor and talking head for the national media for the past 15 years – will discuss who readers are compelled by now and why.
OCTOBER 13TH: Rosa Silverman, Senior Features Writer for The Telegraph, on how to become a journalist for the national media. A CORQ careers advice session, this talk will see Silverman detail how she made her way from local news to covering the biggest stories of the past decade and the scoops she got on the way.
OCTOBER 20TH: Roopa Pandit-Hussain, Communications and Influencer Manager for Too Faced on navigating PR in a digital-first era. In this careers insight session, Pandit-Hussain – who has previously held roles at Becca Cosmetics, Smashbox and Purple PR – will share her journey as well as how the communications sector has changed as social media has become increasingly prevalent.
NOVEMBER 3RD: Suyin Haynes, Editor-in-Chief of gal-dem, on building a media brand for young women. Haynes became the editorial lead at the award-winning publication earlier this year after spending five years as an editor for TIME magazine. She’ll discuss what the gal-dem reader is looking for, how the publication works with brands and editorial opportunities.
NOVEMBER 17TH: Sarah Karmali, digital editor of Harper’s Bazaar, on how luxury will evolve in 2022. The award-winning editor – who defines the content and social media strategy for the Hearst brand – will discuss what the Harper’s reader has gravitated to in 2021 and how this will shape its editorial next year.
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NOVEMBER 30TH: Samuel Trotman, global trend forecaster and cultural commentator, on how youth culture is impacting fashion. A denim expert and influencer thanks to his prolific Instagram zines, Trotman will also share his view on which brands are capturing the youth mood authentically and why their strategy is working.
DECEMBER 6TH: Sara McCorquodale, CEO and founder of CORQ on the digital landscape in 2022. In this seminar, McCorquodale will forecast key changes and trends she believes will define social media, digital entertainment and drive social commerce in the next 12 months reviewing emergent platforms and featuring key case studies.
JANUARY 18TH: Sonia Haria, Beauty Director of The Telegraph on becoming an iconic editor with impact. In this careers advice session, Haria will chart her journey and how she used her platform to campaign tirelessly for the beauty industry throughout the pandemic. Her latest headline interviewee? Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak.
FEBRUARY 17TH: Alaina Vieru, Digital Manager of Conde Nast Global on launching Vogue in new markets. In this careers advice session, Vieru will detail how her early career as an innovative digital lifestyle editor prepared her for her current role in which she works on global strategies to bring heritage Conde Nast brands to new audiences.
MARCH 8TH: Influencer Marketing Masterclass with Sara McCorquodale, CORQ CEO and founder. This foundation seminar will aim to prepare students looking for jobs and internships across digital media, advertising and communications. It will cover effective influencer marketing case studies, outline key risks and pitfalls to be aware of and detail how to partner with creators on each platform.
MARCH 29TH: Mark Hudson, Head of Early Talent at News UK, on how graduates can get their start in the media. Hudson leads News UK’s apprenticeship and work experience programmes while also supporting rising stars across editorial, marketing and commercial. Having previously been a journalist and editor, he knows exactly how hard it is to break into the industry and in this exclusive session, will share what he has learned as well as detailing the skills media companies are looking for now.
APRIL 26TH: Simon Tomlinson, Foreign Editor of The Sun, on how to identify the top line of a global story. Tomlinson heads up international news for The Sun Online and prior to this he was a Senior Reporter for the Mail Online, and Assistant News Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times. He will share his journey from regional to national media as well as how he defines the main thrust of a fast-moving global story in the pressurised environment of a digital newsroom.
For more information on CORQ’s Academic Higher Education programme, see here.