Our story

2007: PR Academy is formed to deliver the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PR Diploma online. The company is owned and run by co-founders Dr Kevin Ruck and Ann Pilkington.

We went on to:

  • Initiate, design and deliver specialist CIPR qualifications in internal communication and public affairs
  • Deliver all CIPR qualifications online, face to face in London or through blended learning
  • Launch the Post Graduate Certificate in Communication accredited by the University of Chester encompassing modules in leadership, social and digital media management and public affairs
  • Design, set up and run the college for AMEC - the International Association of Measurement and Evaluation of Communication.
  • Launch our PR MOOC (massive open online course) which introduces the fundamentals of PR to students from all over the world, some courses with 200 - 300 learners.
  • Launch PR Place in autumn 2017. A place where "practice meets scholarship, where insight is derived from evidence and where questions of career development and professionalism can be explored".
  • Open a centre in Malaysia to serve South Asia.

Today PR Academy is probably the largest provider of PR and communication education in the UK and the largest centre for CIPR qualifications.