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Why have we stopped talking to one another?

Scotland is flavour of the month in more ways than one. This week, SNP leader Alex Salmond published a 649-page white paper setting out details of how Scotland  could be established as an independent country should its citizens return a Yes verdict in the referendum next September.  Rather less grandly, a select group of people from Scotland’s universities, schools, education public bodies and PR agencies gathered on
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An evening with BBC Cymru Wales Education Correspondent Arwyn Jones

For the first dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the CIPR Education & Skills Group, we joined forces with the CIPR Cymru Wales Group. The event took place in Cardiff on Thursday 24 October at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  Our guest was BBC Cymru Wales’ Education Correspondent Arwyn Jones, who took time out from meeting deadlines to come and spend the evening being quizzed by Education PRs from across
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College comms: quantum shuffle?

A guest post by Ben Verinder, Communications Director for the Association of Colleges Paradigm shift. Revolution. Metamorphosis. Flux. Quantum leap. I was trying to describe the changes I had expected (in vain) to see in college public relations during the past decade but sounded, instead, like a desperate panellist on a science fiction game show. Whatever the right phrase – let’s move classrooms, from popular cultur
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Education Journalism Awards 2013

The group is currently preparing for the ninth annual Education Journalism Awards. The Awards celebrate excellence in education reporting across all forms of media – at both national and local level. They provide a platform for those working in PR and communications in the education sector to salute their colleagues in the media. The 2013 Awards reflect the complex nature of education reporting and celebrate excellen
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Using statistics for research communication

The CIPR Education and Skills Group is just one of several sectoral groups within the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.  Our members all gain access to the full range of CIPR member benefits, which includes a wide range of best practice guides that aim to improve skills across the sector and encourage best practice. Many of our members work in Higher Education PR, which often means working with complex researc
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Time to let go – engagement through humour in the education sector

This article was originally posted on the Pickle Jar Communications blog My team and I were working in-house with a university doing some creative content planning. Our session was going really well. Everyone around the table was engaged, everyone creating great content ideas and everyone – dare I say it – having a good time. Then came the knock on the door. Could we stop laughing please? The senior managers of the o
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Latest Meet the Media event yields useful insights

“Hold them more often! It’s a great way to meet journalists and exchange ideas and share thoughts. It was well-structured and the panellists were down to earth.“ This was just one of many positive comments we received following our latest Meet the Media event, held at CIPR HQ on 20 June. Our panellists were two CIPR Education Journalism of the Year Award-winners, ITV Meridian’s Christine Alsford and top freelancer Do
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Do you Storify?

Storify is a social curation service. The service enables users to search for “stories”, which consist of comments from across the internet that relate to a single event in time that another Storify user has curated. Ever followed a conference #tag on Twitter and realised that what you really needed was a condensed summary of the most important Tweets? Or wanted to look at responses to a major news event?
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PR and Disruption: Embracing and Surviving Change

CIPR Education & Skills members can attend this low cost, high impact conference at a special discounted rate of £112.50. Taking place in central London on Wednesday 10 July, delegates will hear from leading international academics and practitioners, attend ‘face-off’ debates and get their hands ‘dirty’ in practical PR sessions. Organised by the London College of Communication, this mix of presentations, case stu
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