Media and Communications

Role: Enhance Flinders’ reputation and promote its achievements, proactively engaging with state, national and international media to build awareness of the University.

  • Assist Flinders staff to develop their communication skills.
  • Provide mentoring and advice to those already dealing with media and training forthose who aspire to.
  • Strategic oversight of communications,supporting staff and student activitiesand ensuring the Flinders community is well informed.


Karen Ashford, Director, Media and Communications


Grant Smyth, Journalist

Grant’s primary role is to write feature stories and profile articles about staff, students, alumni and donors to promote the University’s profile in the media and general community. His other responsibilities include managing the production of video content and coordinating Flinders University’s news posts on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Google+.

Charles Gent, Journalist

Charles's primary role is to write press releases, articles for Flinders Journal and Encounter, as well as producing other written material to publicise and promote the University's research, teaching and community activities.

He provides liaison for the mainstream media in sourcing commentators and experts from Flinders, and assists and advises University staff in their dealings with the external media.

Charles also prepares and distributes the daily Media Monitors report.


Lauren McGrath, Project Officer (Communications)

Lauren performs various communications and project work in support of the strategic and operational priorities of the Office of Communication and Engagement. Lauren liaises with a range of internal and external stakeholders to facilitate communication and organisation of issues pertinent to the current portfolio of projects.