Former Insider editorial director Taylor, who ran as a Labour candidate in his home constituency of Hazel Grove in 2015, is an external affairs advisor to the Vice Chancellor and “very involved” in comms, principally on stakeholder engagement, political communications and relationship building. The marketing and PR departments at the university – the seventh largest in the country – are run by Helen Keefe and Ian Christon respectively, both senior comms professionals, who look after a 20-strong team.

Taylor, also the founder of the Discuss debating forum, says the university’s biggest comms challenges relate to external matters: Brexit, austerity, DevoManc and a new HE and Research Bill. The Blackburn Rovers fan, who has also set up a new think tank at the university (MetroPolis), says it’s the “best job I’ve ever had”.