PR Academy recognises students graduating at the top of their class

PR Academy recognises students graduating at the top of their class

PR Academy has recognised the outstanding achievement of five of its students graduating with a distinction with the special honour of a PR Academy Course Award. The presentation was made at a private ceremony held in London on 8 February and attended by guest speaker Ken Livingstone.

Every year PR Academy makes an award to the student with the best overall distinction on each of its courses. Where more than one student has achieved a distinction a judge is brought in to select an overall winner based on their coursework.

As part of PR Academy’s current series of free events on public affairs for its alumni, Ken Livingstone was invited to speak at the event about the instrumental role that communications played in winning the 2012 Olympics for London.

Sally Sykes, President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), who co-presented the awards with Ken Livingstone, said: “The world of communications is continually evolving and it is vital that communicators adapt to keep their skills and knowledge current. It is only through continuous learning and honing of our skills that we can maintain our professional status and standards. It gives me real pleasure to reward PR Academy students graduating at the top of their class with a special award.”

The PR Academy Award Winners with an overall distinction are:
CIPR Diploma in Public Relations - Tom Bradshaw, Specsavers
CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations - Mia Habens, Denplan
CIPR Public Affairs Diploma - Grant Thoms, MacThomais Political Consulting
CIPR Internal Communication Certificate - Natasha Graham, Cumbria Probation
CIPR Internal Communication Diploma - Sharrion Llewellyn, DWP

PR Academy Director Ann Pilkington said: “Studying for a professional qualification takes commitment. All who study demonstrate a desire to develop their skills and knowledge and should be congratulated. To graduate with a distinction is the ultimate achievement, however, and deserves special recognition.”

For more information, please contact Nina Croad, Communications Consultant, Just Bee Comms on +44 7889 491 259 or nina@justbeecomms.com

About the CIPR Qualifications
CIPR Advanced Certificate (Degree level) – 10-month course
Students graduate with the key communication theories and core practical skills that will enable them to operate as effective PR professionals.
CIPR Diploma (Masters level) – 10-month course
Students graduate with the strategic thinking and management skills that will support their decision-making processes and management practices.
CIPR Internal Communication Certificate (Degree level)
Students graduate with a solid grounding in the key concepts and skills that lay at the heart of this fast growing area of business practice. As part of their studies they explore organisational culture, tone, planning and social media use.
CIPR Internal Communication Diploma (Masters level)
Students graduate with the strategic internal communications and management skills to support their decision-making processes and enable them to speak the language of business with confidence at board level.
CIPR Public Affairs Diploma (Masters level)
Students graduate with a sound introduction to the political landscape and public policy environment, helping them to think and operate more strategically in this specialist field.

About PR Academy
PR Academy is the major course provider for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). It delivers a wide range of face-to-face and online courses. More than 500 communications practitioners studied with PR Academy last year. PR Academy also develops and delivers bespoke face-to-face and online courses for communications professionals, and offers career coaching. www.pracademy.co.uk

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