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Meet the Media and CIPR Education & Skills Summer Drinks

Meet award-winning journalists who shape news coverage and pitch your ideas face-to-face at this informal event. Hear from them exactly what they look for in a news story. Find out how best to approach them and what they appreciate and hate the most from PRs. We’re gathering top journalists from newspapers and broadcast media, including award-winning education specialists. Full panel details will be announced soon. R
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HEERA training day for higher education external relations staff

We’re very pleased to let members know that HEERA is offering CIPR members a discounted rate of £45 on their forthcoming training day Wednesday 5 June 2013 Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham The annual HEERA Training Day will be held on Wednesday 5 June 2013. The day will offer staff new to HE and/or new to their field of work an opportunity to develop a stronger understanding of good practice in PR,
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How I came to be working in Education PR

You may well have seen Tracy Playle’s recent article on what it means to work in the education sector. In case it inspired you as much as it did us, we decided to explore how our committee came to be doing what it is we each do. So, as the first of a new series of posts from committee members, Anne Whitehouse tells us how she came to be Head of Marketing at Buckinghamshire New University. Post your comment to t
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Bloggers or blobs?

‘We’re turning into blobs. You see it in the street, people bumping into each other because we’re losing our sensory skills, our depth-charge sounding mechanisms.’  The words of self-confessed anti-Twitter actor Rupert Everett in an interview in April 2013 with Observer columnist Victoria Coren  could apply equally as well to the school corridor as to the public pavement. For us as professional communicators, there i
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Tweet your way to a place at our exclusive 10th anniversary dinners

If you could ask a top journalist a question in 140 characters, what question would you choose?  CIPR members and others working in education and skills PR in various UK regions have the opportunity to do just that in preparation for the first of a series of ‘An Evening With…’ dinners which is taking place in Leeds on 16 May. Every question we receive will be read by William Stewart, the CIPR 2012 National Educ
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Coordinated communications to inspire future women engineers

A guest post by Aaron Porter, HE Consultant, representative of the National Centre for Universities & Business (NCUB) and former President, National Union of Students (2010-2011). Why is the UK missing so many women engineers? At just 9%, the UK has the lowest proportion of female professional engineers in its workforce. Sweden and Bulgaria each manage 30%! This is clearly not just unfair, but an unforgivable was
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Show me the research! Websites for highlighting research findings

Browsing this morning for PR and education news stories, I came across this gem from 1996 in Times Higher Education: Nottingham Trent had launched… a press webpage! It’s quite something that launching an online press room made news just seven years ago. I very much doubt that it would today. It might in fact be fair to say that most universities and higher education establishments have a press room, with
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Working in education communications is not a job, it’s a responsibility.

A few weeks ago I headed up to Scotland to run a social media strategy workshop for a client. Tired and weary, I headed straight for the taxi rank, looking forward to getting to my B&B for the night. The TripAdvisor reviews were great. I was looking forward to my cosy tartan-clad room overlooking the park, hosted by a warm and welcoming family. If the reviews were to believed. “Are you sure you want to go t
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Wild Wild Web: a Marcomms seminar on how to build, develop and maintain your brand online

The CIPR Marcomms group are hosting a seminar which may be of interest to our members: Wild Wild Web: A CIPR Marcomms event on how to how to build, develop and maintain your brand online. Check out the event flyer here The seminar takes place on 30th April at the May Fair Hotel, registration at 6 pm. Fees start at £15 for CIPR Marcomms members, £20 for CIPR members and £60 for non-members.  Drinks and canapés are inc
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