25th April 2002


The University of Lincoln’s BA (Hons) in Public Relations has been given a seal of approval by the Institute of Public Relations.


The three-year degree course is now into its second year at the Brayford Pool campus and is proving extremely popular with students wishing to learns the skills required to work in PR.


The IPR has approved the course until August 2003, when the first cohort of students will graduate. Full approval will be awarded in 2003, should the course continue to meet the IPR’s criteria.


“The launch of a dedicated public relations degree at the University of Lincoln was a great boost to the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region and we are delighted that the course has won IPR approval,” said  Debby Burman, chairman of the IPR Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Group.


“The degree at Lincoln is the first of its kind to be offered in the midlands or the east of England and reflects the growing interest in the study of public relations and its emerging body of research.


“In the coming years the availability of well trained graduate recruits and the opportunity to access academic expertise and research will be a huge benefit to businesses in the region.”


Frank Davies, senior lecturer in Public Relations at the university, is delighted with the news.

“The benefits of accreditation for our students are tremendous,” he said. “The IPR’s seal of approval underpins the University of Lincoln’s aim to become the public relations centre for the east midlands.”


Note to editors:  The Institute of Public Relations has over 7,000 members involved in all aspects of the public relations industry.  It is the largest professional body of its type in Europe, with rigorous qualifications for membership (based on educational qualifications and/or multi-disciplinary experience) ensuring that standards are high and maintained.


For more information on the PR degree at Lincoln contact Frank Davies on 01522 886867.


For more information on this release contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)