Peter McQuitty

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My early experience as a student, and then a university teacher, of English language and literature has led me into a career committed to social progress and ethical communication.

I wrote and managed communications for the Australian Labour Party to support positive social change in my native Australia. I was a plain English writer and editor for a leading UK social housing consultancy to help social housing tenants understand their rights and responsibilities.

As head of policy, communications and culture at Oxford city council, I wrote the annual corporate plan and was responsible for all communications, press releases, and public engagement material. Our aim as a council was to be clear about our plans and to give voice to communities whose voices are not always heard.

I have become an advocate for medical research and for an end to health inequalities. This is a result of my involvement, as a lifelong asthmatic, in a project at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital that led to the licensing of a new treatment for acute asthma. I speak from the patients’ perspective at outreach events organised by the Churchill team; I edit/rewrite lay summaries of funding bids by researchers associated with the Churchill; I am working with the European Federation of Airways Disease (EFA) to make a short video about living with acute asthma and the importance of accurate diagnosis. I want people to know more about the options that are available to them.

I believe fundamentally that communication across all media should be used to improve the quality of people’s lives.


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  • Brochures and leaflets
  • Content marketing
  • Content strategy
  • Copy-editing
  • PR and Journalism
  • Product descriptions
  • White Papers
  • Healthcare and pharmaceuticals
  • Lifestyle
  • Politics and Society
  • Public sector
  • Sport, travel and leisure
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