University Relations

University Relations is responsible for telling U.Va.'s story to the world. It consists of two functional areas: Media Relations and Community Relations. The focus of the division is to frame strategic and proactive approaches to measurably improve institutional communications, community relations and media engagement.  This work is accomplished through a variety of tactics, including focused emphasis on earned media, support for long-term strategic priorities and signature programs, greater dialogue with community partners and stakeholders and promotion of thought leadership through channels like UVA Today and social media.

Media Relations

Media relations serves as a liaison between the University and members of the news media and general public. In addition to managing media inquiries, the media relations team has contacts with local, national and international media organizations, and is constantly reaching out to them to tell U.Va.'s story and generate positive news.

  • UVA Today is a syndicated University news service showcasing a searchable listing of press releases.
  • UVA in the News is a daily compilation of articles appearing in the media about the University, higher education issues and trends.
  • UVA Today Daily Report is an e-newsletter produced Monday through Friday when the University is in operation and delivered by e-mail.


Community Relations

Community Relations unites the University with its surrounding community through outreach efforts designed to provide accurate, timely information about U.Va.’s programs, services, news and developments. The office helps foster better understanding of the University's priorities while ensuring positive relations between the University and its neighbors.