Dr Andy Ridgway

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  • Qualifications:BSc (Hons), PCTLHE, PDJS
  • Position:Associate Head of School of Applied Sciences
  • Department:HAS - Applied Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 83332
  • Email:Andy.Ridgway@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Andy is the former Programme Leader of the MSc in Science Communication and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

His areas of research include:

  • The challenges and opportunities presented by the communication of science online, including misinformation.
  • How people use online information to inform their opinions and behaviour in relation to topics as diverse as COVID-19 and food waste.
  • Applying Social Practice Theory to the use of online platforms such as social media.
  • Science journalism practices.

 Andy was UWE Bristol's PI on the European Commission-funded RETHINK research project (Horizon 2020), which is exploring digital science communication across Europe. The project team also involved VU Amsterdam and Ecsite, the European network of science centres.

Andy is a member of the judging team for the Max Perutz Science Writing Award run by the Medical Reseach Council (MRC).

Before starting at UWE Bristol, Andy spent nearly 20 years as a journalist, including a spell as Deputy Editor of BBC Focus magazine. Prior to that, he worked in local newspapers as a Reporter and News Editor.

Andy continues to be a practicing journalist, writing predominantly for BBC Science Focus as well as New Scientist. He has also written for The Economist and Men’s Health among other publications.
As well as writing for and editing print publications, Andy has extensive experience of digital publishing, particularly on tablet computers. While editing BBC Focus’s interactive iPad app, it was named specialist publication of the year twice at the Digital Magazine Awards (2011 and 2012). Andy was also named Editorial Person of the Year in the BBC Magazines Awards for Excellence in 2010.

Area of expertise

Online communication of science, food and food waste, science journalism.


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