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Whatever next? Eight FE Ideas that ran out of steam

As the dawn of a new government with the possibility of a raft of new policies approaches, former FE lecturer, press officer and communications manager Anne Nicholls considers some policies of old and asks whether they’re best left in the past, or ripe for reconsideration. Folks in the Westminster education and skills bubble have often been accused of “collective amnesia”. In its November report Sense and Instability
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What wonks think General Election 2015 might mean for HE

By Mark Leach, founder, Director and Editor-in-Chief of Wonkhe This week’s General Election has been a difficult one for the higher education sector to navigate. The seemingly endless campaign has shed no more light on the parties’ policies – indeed as the nation heads to the polls this week, things feel as uncertain for the sector as they ever have been. One thing we know for sure is that either way, the Conservativ
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Colleges, education and the future

By Chris Walden So the battle lines have officially been drawn.  Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Greens…they’ve all published their manifestos. And what have we learnt?  Well, the three main parties seem to have been focusing on where they have traditionally been ‘weakest’ – Labour on the economy and spending, the Conservatives on working people and the Lib Dems on education, following the tuition fee
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The 7 most frustrating questions put to PRs about the media

by Anne Nicholls Anyone who’s been working in the communications business for more than a few years is likely to have come across the person who “doesn’t get PR” but thinks they know all about it. To most of them, PR means media relations – although the better informed know that it’s much more than that. Going back through my 25 years in the PR business – many of them in a press officer role – these are the questions
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Skills: Everyone’s in agreement – so what now?

Skills: Everyone’s in agreement – so what now? Over the past few months, as politicians build up to the madness that will be the General Election, one topic has been creeping up the political agenda: skills. Now, as part of the Education and Skills Committee for the CIPR, and as an employee of the City & Guilds Group, it’s probably not surprising that I’ve noticed this. After all, it’s my job to monitor such thin
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How winning an award can change your future

By Louise Tickle You never think you’re going to win – but I really wanted to. I’d entered the CIPR Education Journalism Awards before, but this was the first time I’d been shortlisted, for the piece that meant the most to me in the 13 years I’d been writing on education. It explored how some schools had ignored and possibly even facilitated child sexual abuse over many years, and examined the system of statuto
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A student’s view can help communicators make sense of results and Clearing

Jarrah Webster and Emily Kay Today is A Level Results Day. Schoolteachers, families, university admissions teams, and in-house communications and marketing are all are busy focusing on results and necessary next steps. But how do students themselves feel? Listening to students’ experiences can improve how communicators and other education professionals design information to help them. At this milestone moment, comple
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Education Journalism Awards 2013

Awards for the most talented journalists specialising in the field of education were presented on 12 December at an event held in the House of Commons, attended by education journalists, education PR specialists and sponsors. The annual awards, organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and sponsored by the CfBT Education Trust, celebrate the best education and skills reporting of the academic ye
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Adapting and changing: trends for Education PR in 2013 from our chair

As always, the education and skills sector is ever changing and 2013 was no exception.  For communications professionals working in the sector the challenge is remaining fleet of foot – keeping up with changes in policy and being quick to adapt to market trends. In higher education for instance, the rise in tuition fees has altered the way universities promote themselves to prospective students. The transparency in r
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