Matt Hartley

"Without a shadow of doubt, studying with PR Academy is the best career decision I have made - it gave me the fundamentals early in my career, and later helped underpin more strategic practice with a good working knowledge of PR theory.

The highlights for me were the teaching, which is extremely high quality, and well-structured networking with other practitioners who were facing the same challenges in different contexts. I cannot recommend the team highly enough. Sign up!"

Hilary Berg

“Studying for the CIPR Diploma with PR Academy was a real inspiration – a fantastic course.

Shortly after I started the course, I had to contend with changes at my business which meant I was working really long hours, but the PR Academy team were brilliant, helping me to plan my work and get through it and giving sound advice about the assignments.

I have a teaching qualification myself and the team exemplified everything I learned about excellence in education. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the CIPR qualifications and PR Academy.”

Read Hilary's blog on how she has gone on to study for a Master's.


William Church


I joined the CIPR when the Channel Islands branch set up at the end of 2008 and was then part of the first cohort of Channel Islanders that signed up to study the CIPR Diploma with the PR Academy in 2010/11.

The Diploma gives practitioners an excellent grounding in PR theory, and I certainly benefited from it as it helps to bring structure to a lot of projects in the work place.

Having successfully completed the Diploma I immediately signed up to the CIPR CPD programme with a view to upgrading to Accredited Practitioner which I duly did, and since then have continued on a path of professional development as I believe that it enriches me, keeps me abreast with new topics and ways of communicating with different publics, as well as preparing me for challenges that face the industry.

The next logical step on this pathway was to get Chartered, and I achieved this earlier in the summer following an Assessment day at CIPR headquarters in London.

I fully support continual professional development, believe that everybody practising in the industry should be a member of the CIPR, and should in turn strive to raise standards and at the same time raise the profile of the institute. The future of the industry is in our hands, and the Diploma is a perfect spring board for practitioners to move forwards and upwards.

Noel Armstrong

I chose to study for the CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations after completing a contractor role at a leading energy company, where I was able to work with a number of in-house communications teams and the company’s PR agency partners. I was looking to underpin my recent experience with some respected qualifications and ensure I was better prepared for my next role.

I can highly recommend the course as it covers the key facets of the public relations industry, including – the historical background, evolving communications theories, ethics, PR measurement, and the various disciplines within communications. If you’re looking to take your career to the next level and demonstrate a solid understanding of your chosen profession, this is definitely worth the investment. PR Academy will ensure you are well supported, receive first rate teaching, and can learn in a stimulating environment.

Our students do some great work and some turn it into a blog.

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By Charlotte Wallis, CIPR Internal Communication Diploma graduate

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By Nicollen Meek, CIPR Advanced Certificate in PR graduate

Trump, Twitter and transformed political communication Read here
By Nastun Mir, CIPR Public Affairs Diploma graduate