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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the IPPR Oxford Media Convention? 

    Now in its 20th year, the annual IPPR Oxford Media Convention is the most important conference in the UK on the future of the media. The agenda-setting event is the leading gathering of the media industry; bring together national and international experts from across government, industry, regulation, academia, and civil society to debate the key challenges facing the media sector both now and in the future.  

    Information on previous events can be found here 

  • What is the focus of this year’s Convention?

    The theme for this year’s conference is ‘democratic renewal’. Our sessions will explore the role of the media in democracy and the steps needed to build a stronger, more sustainable media ecosystem to help provide stability in the decades ahead.

    Our programme will incorporate different perspectives and formats, creating an interactive and deliberative space for participants to help shape a renewed vision for the role of the media in a healthy democracy.

    See more information on the programme here.

  • Who is IPPR?

    IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the UK’s leading progressive think tank. We are an independent charitable organisation with our main office in London. IPPR North is based in Manchester and Newcastle.  IPPR Scotland in Edinburgh.

    Our primary purpose is to conduct and promote research into, and the education of the public in, the economic, social and political sciences, science and technology, the voluntary sector and social enterprise, public services, and industry and commerce. Other purposes include to advance physical and mental health, the efficiency of public services and environmental protection or improvement; and to relieve poverty, unemployment, or those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship, or other disadvantage.

  • Why should I attend the IPPR Oxford Media Convention?

    If you work or campaign in the media sector and have an interest in its renewal, reform, and future, then the IPPR Oxford Media Convention is for you.

    Not only is this year’s programme covering topics that we think are essential to renewing our media ecosystem, the event also offers you and your organisation an opportunity to touch base with leading voices in the media sector. You will have the opportunity to listen to experts in the field, to take part in high level conversations and make sure your organisation’s views, priorities and interests are heard.

    The IPPR Oxford Media Convention’s aim is to create an environment to welcome all voices within the media sector. We believe that having a diversity of voices present is essential to making sure we create a successful and inclusive media sector. We have a number of discounted and complimentary tickets available for participants whose voices are crucial, yet commonly under-represented in policy conversations. If you are interested in applying for a discounted or complimentary ticket, please contact Lara Iannelli on

  • Why is the Convention online this year?

    This year, the IPPR Oxford Media Convention will take place online over Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st July using a platform that will be announced soon.

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is still a lot of uncertainty around holding large indoor events. Many Oxford venues are maintaining strict safety and social distancing measures for the foreseeable future, and we respect the duty of care that the university has to its staff and students.

    Therefore, given the uncertainty, we have decided to move the Convention online so that it can proceed with confidence and unimpeded by any changes to the roadmap for lifting restrictions.

    Holding the event online allows us to be bigger and bolder with our aims for the conference.  Our programme will be more deliberative and interactive, and we can bring in participants from across the UK and beyond. We believe that even though it is online, the content, networking opportunities and the agenda-setting conversations that the Convention is known for will still very much be a feature of the conference.

    Despite the bulk of the programme being online this year, if the circumstances permit it, we plan to hold a drinks reception at an outdoor central London location on the eventing of Wednesday 21st July for those who would like to attend. Further details on this will be shared with attendees nearer the time.

  • How are the tickets priced?

    IPPR is a registered charity and the Oxford Media Convention is primarily funded through ticket sales. This covers the time dedicated by IPPR staff to the organisation of the conference, along with all other expenses. Any profit derived from the conference is transferred in full via gift-aid to IPPR.

    Our progressive pricing structure aims to make the event accessible for a range of stakeholders. Though we recognise that there are still many groups for whom it is out of reach and having a diversity of voices present will be crucial to building an inclusive vision for the future of media.

    Therefore, we are asking commercial organisations to sponsor tickets for those unable to afford to attend. If you are interested in sponsoring tickets, please contact Olivia Vaughan on

    We have a number of discounted and complimentary tickets available for participants whose voices are crucial yet commonly under-represented in policy conversations, especially those from smaller charities, NGOs, and civil society movements; small, local and independent media outlets; and local cultural and creative industries. If you are interested in applying for a discounted or complimentary ticket, please contact Lara Iannelli on

  • What is your cancellation and refund policy?

    If you are no longer able to attend the conference, then you are welcome to cancel or transfer your ticket.

    Tickets can be transferred to another person, at any time, at no additional cost.

    Tickets cancelled before 21st June 2021 will be refunded, though will incur an administration fee of £50.00 (Eventbrite fees cannot be refunded). Cancellations after this date will not be refunded.

  • How will the conference work?

    We will be using Swapcard for the IPPR Oxford Media Convention. It will be a one stop shop for everything that is going on during the IPPR Oxford Media Convention. You will be able to set up video meetings with other attendees, add sessions to your schedule, and view the sessions on the platform. There will also be AI powered networking functions available.

    You will still need to register and purchase your ticket here. Once you have done this, you’re all set!

    At least ten days before the event, you will receive an email from us with a link. Please make sure you check your junk email for this. The link will take you to the platform, where you will be prompted to create a password. Your Username will be the email you provided to Eventbrite when buying your ticket. You will need the password and username to enter the platform again, so please do make a note of it.

    Your data and personal details will be securely held on Swapcard, so you will not have to fill these in again, you will just have to verify your account and make any changes to your details and profile. You can add a picture to your profile, along with social media handles and contact information too.

    You will then be able to access the conference from the platform using your username and password.

    All the events will be streamed straight onto the platform, where there will be a chat available, so you can comment along or ask questions.

    If you have any issues what so ever with the platform, or any questions, please contact Lara on

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