Imperial College London

Laura Gallagher

Central FacultyCommunications Division

Dep Dir of Comms - Media and Social Media (Mat Cover)



+44 (0)20 7594 6701l.gallagher




Royal College of ScienceSouth Kensington Campus





I lead a team of communications professionals who tell the stories of Imperial’s research and help the College to inform, influence and inspire the public and other key audiences. The team's work regularly results in stories in national and international media outlets. 

We cover everything from how bees are increasingly stressed by a changing climate, to the first ever study infecting healthy volunteers with COVID-19, to the amount of ultra-processed food in UK children's diets, to shape-shifting robots.

In 2021 we won a President's Award for Excellence in Societal Engagement for our work to promote Imperial's COVID-19 research and we were also shortlisted for a PR Week award for our work around Imperial's development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

To explore some of our stories please visit our news website.

If you are a member of Imperial staff with a story to tell, or a member of the media who’s interested in finding out more about research at Imperial, please get in touch. You can find out more about what we do and how we might be able to help you on our News and Media web pages.

I joined Imperial in 2002, starting out as a Graduate Management Trainee and working in various parts of Imperial before becoming the Press Officer for the Faculty of Engineering in 2005. As a Press Officer I publicised an eclectic mix of research - from sick toads, to how aircraft noise affects people’s blood pressure, to a rare meteorite found in the Australian desert. I have watched the actor Alan Alda conduct surgery, tramped through the mud with engineering students at Constructionarium, and got slightly lost in Number 10 Downing Street.