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De la Cour Communications is led by Nic Mitchell, a blogger, journalist and public relations consultant with a focus on European higher education and research


Our purpose is to assist institutions and the specialist media tell compelling stories about international higher education and collaborative research activities in the native English language.

Nic Mitchell interviewing Belgian speakers at EUPRIO 2018 in Sevilla

We’ve worked for Scandinavian and other European universities as well as for the European universities’ communication network EUPRIO on a range of projects – from international student recruitment, marketing and science communications, alumni relations, as well as managing social media and news blogging.

Nic Mitchell regularly writes for University World News and has freelanced for specialist publications, including Times Higher Education special publications, The PIE News and EducationInvestor and won the Outstanding Higher Education Journalist of the Year Award from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in 2015 for his in-depth report for the BBC on the brain drain from Eastern European countries like Lithuania since they joined the European Union.

Our website blogs take a topical look at everything from coronavirus
vaccine safety and cancer awareness to whether the UK’s new Turing scheme will get more British students studying abroad than the EU’s Erasmus+ programme following Brexit.

What do others say about us?

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

See Services for examples of editorial work we’ve done for clients around the world.