CIPR announces first Research Fund grant awards

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced the first three grants awarded under its new Research Fund, following the launch in April to support the critical research of PR practice.

Following an application process and panel assessment, the following members have been awarded grants to conduct research on their proposals;

  • Stuart Baird on examining and understanding the importance of place and social mobility in the PR profession
  • Anne-Marie Blake on students and practitioners' lived experiences of access and early career progress
  • Martin Turner on the impact of post-secularism on the not-for-profit’s access to public conversations

The research for each of these projects are due to be completed by the end of October 2021 with the CIPR publishing the results thereafter.

The CIPR would like to thank the members of the Research Panel;

  • Chair: Trudy Lewis (CIPR Board representative)
  • Genevieve Bosah
  • Lesley Brydon
  • Benjamin Ellis
  • Dan Gerella
  • Ann Gichuchi
  • Deb Sharratt
  • Alison Tobin


Trudy Lewis Chart.PR FCIPR, Chair of CIPR Research Panel
The Panel found this experience a hugely positive one and I want to thank everyone who took the time to submit their thoughtful and considered proposals. Many congratulations to Stuart, Anne-Marie and Martin. Your submissions have strong significance for the industry, are meeting real challenges, and are aligned with the CIPR's strategy. I wish you the best of luck in pursuing your research and am very much looking forward to seeing the results of your work.
Trudy Lewis Chart.PR FCIPR, Chair of CIPR Research Panel

Find out more about the CIPR Research Fund here


About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas with nearly 10,000 members.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).