2nd March 2005




Top national and international academics will come together later this month for the only UK conference dedicated to academic research in public relations.


Organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and supported by Henry Stewart Publications, the Alan Rawel CIPR Academic Conference will take place at the University of Lincoln on 21st and 22nd March.


The conference, whose theme ‘New thinking in public relations research and practice: partnership academia with industry’ will bring together the latest PR research and its application.


Over the two-day conference delegates will hear from 46 academics including:


·               Professor Anne Gregory FIPR, Leeds Metropolitan University – the formation of a new development and training programme for government communications

·               Timothy W Coombes and Sherry J Holladay, Eastern Illinois University – how stakeholders react to an organisation involved in a crisis

·               Fiona Campbell FIPR, University of Hertfordshire – on reputation management in public relations


Other presentations will include the use of visual grammar to assist practitioners in decision-making, emotional intelligence as a skill for PR practitioners and how the digital revolution has impacted on PR practice.


Colin Farrington, Director-General of the CIPR, said: “The recent award of charter status to the Institute of Public Relations is recognition from Government that public relations is a serious profession with sound academic underpinnings.


“The CIPR is holding this conference because it knows the value of research and academic activities. As a chartered institute we now have a mandate to continue to maintain and raise the standards of PR practice through academic research and its application.”


A full conference programme is available on the CIPR website www.cipr.co.uk



Notes to editors:


Charter status
The Institute of Public Relations (IPR) was awarded charter status on 9th February 2005 and is now known as the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). The award of a charter by the Privy Council is affirmation of the role the institute plays in the public relations industry - providing leadership, developing policy, raising standards through research, training and education, and making members accountable through the Code of Conduct.

The Alan Rawel CIPR Academic Conference
Alan Rawel, Head of Education at the CIPR, died of cancer in October 2004. He was responsible for the growth of the CIPR Diploma (including overseas), the Advanced Certificate and the Continuous Professional Development scheme. He also brought together the institute and the educational community, culminating in the first UK conference dedicated to PR academic research held in 2003.

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has over 8,000 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. Further information on the CIPR can be obtained from the CIPR web site at www.cipr.co.uk or by calling 020 7253 5151.



For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

01522 886042                        

jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk or


Nina Croad

Chartered Institute of Public Relations

020 7553 3770