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Communications Office

Meet the team


Mr Leighton Kitson

Communications Officer (Research) in the Communications Office


Leighton is responsible for promoting the research work and expertise of Durham’s academics in the faculties of Science and Arts & Humanities to an international, national and regional audience.

He also has responsibility for overseeing the University's down-the-line television broadcasting facilities, as well as contributing to media training and answering media enquiries relating to the work and reputation of the University.

Background and expertise

Leighton is a trained journalist with experience of private and public sector media relations. He was a media relations officer for Reg Vardy plc and Durham County Council with responsibility for commercial, corporate, media and internal communications. He has also worked for The Northern Echo and the Sunderland Echo where he was chief reporter covering a range of subjects including local government, education and sport.

Other passions

Outside of work he enjoys sport (especially football) and spending time with family and friends.

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