8th December 2023
Correction: Companies House

An error was made regarding Impress’ Directors’ Report for the year ended 31 March 2023, filed with Companies house, regarding the following statement:

Impress secured funding, from the Arts and Humanities Research Council – UKRI, with the University of Leeds and Derby to deliver a national research programme including a survey of 3044 members of the public and follow up focus groups. We produced a national literacy report based on the findings of this research which was launched at a public event with the researchers.

The funding bodies that contributed to the research study were: the University of Leeds’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and the University of Derby’s SURE Impact Accelerator Fund, with Impress providing in-kind support and £5000 towards the cost of the survey.

We are also aware this statement may have created the impression that Impress entered into a funding agreement with AHRC or received funding from any other external bodies. We would like to clarify that this is not the case, and apologise for any confusion caused.

Impress now is working with its external auditor Sayer Vincent to correct the record.

Professor Julie Firmstone, University of Leeds, and Professor John Steel, University of Derby, the researchers on the study added:

“The purpose of the project was to consult and engage the public in debates about standards and ethics in journalism. Impress’s contribution to the project as an external partner enabled us to ensure that our research included questions of relevance to a diverse range of news publishers and news audiences, and we valued their input.”


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Impress is a champion for news that can be trusted. We are here to make sure news providers can publish with integrity; and the public can engage in an ever-changing media landscape with confidence. We set the highest regulatory standards for news, offer education to help people make informed choices and provide resolution when disputes arise.