De la Cour Communications


Written By: Nic Mitchell

Nic Mitchell produces ‘the kind of specialist journalism, with a thoughtful analysis, that people really want’, said BBC online education news editor Sean Coughlan, while University World News co-founding editor Karen MacGregor described his writing style as ‘reliable, accurate, independent and insightful.’

Honoured by EUPRIO Nic Mitchell, left, with Ulrike Reimann and Chris Coe

It’s an approach to writing about international higher education that works equally well in media outlets as it does when European and UK universities want to revitalise their English-language publications and online communications.

Nic worked in university communications for over two decades years before launching his own public relations consultancy De la Cour Communications in 2012 and his reports and features appear in University World News, Times Higher Education supplements, EducationInvestor Global and other specialist media and websites, including our blogs here.

Our team of freelance journalists writers provide English-language copy-writing and editing services to university marketing and public relations departments on the European mainland.

Higher education clients have included:

Charles University, Prague in the Czech Republic – English-language copy editor of the magazine, Forum

Durham University, UK – interviews and features for the Alumni Association Dunelm magazine

Oslo Metropolitan University (previously Oslo & Akerhus University of Applied Sciences) in Norway – interviewing EU-funded researchers for English language magazine and website

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen – revitalising marketing copy on English language master’s degrees

Linköping University in Sweden – advice and support for the International recruitment strategy

Parthenon-EY management consulting group in India 

Nic also writes and conducts interviews for the website and YouTube channel of EUPRIO – the Europe-wide association of university public relations and communication professionals – and was recently made an honorary life member.

He won the Outstanding Higher Education Journalism Award from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in 2015 for his report for BBC news online on the brain drain from countries such as Lithuania since the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.

Three of his articles were selected for a new book Understanding Higher Education Internationalization – insights from key global publications published by the Center of International Higher Education at Boston College, USA, in 2017

Here’s a flavour of our work:

Quantum leaps in computing – Times Higher Education special supplement on UNSW, Australia’s global university

Keeping UK HE attached to the world after Brexit – De la Cour Communications Blog

Video interviews from #EUPRIO2018, SevillaEUPRIO YouTube channel

Universities’ marketing is out of date, says web guru  University World News

Are universities listening to international students?  De la Cour Communications Blog

Open to the world  Interview Czech rector for Times Higher Education first summit in Central Europe special supplement 

Interviews football coach Annie Zaidi and head of Dunelm USA Smiti Kumar – Durham University’s alumni magazine

What is so attractive about extremism? – Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway, now OsloMet 

Big is beautiful for merging universities – BBC Business News

So, do get in touch if you need fast, speedy and reliable support for your University’s marketing and communication activities aimed at international students, academics and other stakeholders.



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Nic Mitchell


De la Cour Communications

* Nic is a member of the National Union of Journalists’ Public Relations and Communications Council and writes a Cancer-talk blog about his fight against and survival from bowel cancer, with tips and advice that others might  find helpful.