Meet our course award winners

Meet our course award winners

We were delighted this week to head off to the Groucho Club  to celebrate the achievement of our distinction graduates from 2012 and to announce six students as winners of our annual course award. We make the awards each year to the best distinction student on each course - a team of judges help to decide the winners.

Studying for a qualification while working is a challenge - in a good way - it must be good because lots of our students come back to study with us again - among them is Matt Hartley who did his CIPR Advanced Certificate with us, then the PR Diploma for which he won the course award after gaining a distinction in all three assignments. Well done Matt! The judges said his paper had the edge for original thinking, was easy to navigate and read.

Winning the Advanced Certificate course award was Marc Breton from Specsavers - Marc also got a distinction in all three assignments. There must be something in the Guernsey air or in the tea at Specsavers because last year his colleague Tom Bradshaw won the Diploma award! It was great that they were able to travel from the Channel Islands to join us.

Congratulations too to Sonia Martinez Roura, winner of the CIPR Internal Communication Diploma award - the judges said her paper:  "showed an aptitude to challenge some sacred cows that are a bit beyond their sell-by date".  Wow!

Winner of the CIPR Internal Communication Certificate award was Helen Duffett. She works with the LibDems and her paper tackled how to engage with volunteers which the judges felt was an original and valuable topic.  "It really stood out from the other entries".

Hannah Young won the CIPR Public Affairs Diploma course award. She had brought family with her to the Groucho Club and it was lovely to see them celebrate together.  The judges said her paper was credible and timely tackling as it did the topic of social networking in a public affairs context.

Lastly, we handed out the very first award for our own Digital Communication Certificate - it went to Andrew George who had travelled up from Cardiff for the event. The judges said his paper showed a strong understanding of digital comms concepts and how to apply it in practice.  I must make special mention to our other distinction graduate on this course - Elizabeth Maclean who had come over from Dubai to be part of the occasion. Elizabeth has also studied with us before, completing the CIPR Diploma in PR.

The awards were presented by our judges and course leaders. Thanks to our judges:  Virginnia Hicks from Comma Partners, Christine Johnson from Bell Pottinger, Rachel Miller (@allthings IC), Lucy Sycamore, Head of Channels at DWP, Eleanor Turner from Tesco and Marc Wright from Simply Communicate.

Check out the press coverage on Simply Communicate and on Communicate.