CIPR Education and Journalism Awards - winners revealed

Journalists, communications professionals and leading figures from across the education sector gathered at etc.venues County Hall, London last Thursday for the fourteenth annual Education Journalism Awards.

The evening's most prestigious prize, the Ted Wragg Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education Journalism, was presented to Judy Friedberg, former universities editor of The Guardian. The keynote speaker was Mary Curnock Cook, OBE, former CEO of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Organised by the CIPR Education & Skills Group, the awards aim to celebrate and promote education journalism, from pre-school through to lifelong learning across local, national and international media. The awards span seven categories covering schools, further education, higher education, national and regional journalism.

Alison Tobin Chart.PR, FCIPR
The awards celebrate the very best in educaiton and skills journalism. We've had a superb field of entries this year covering a huge range of issues, which demonstrate how crucial specialist journalism is to our sector
Alison Tobin Chart.PR, FCIPR

Winners and runners up

Most Promising Newcomer to Education Journalism
Sponsored by the Education Placement Group
Winner: Pippa Allen-Kinross, FE Week and Schools Week
Runner up: Kerrie Kennedy, The PIE News

Outstanding Schools Journalism
Sponsored by London Grid for Learning
Winner: Sarah Montague, BBC Radio 4 World at One
Runner up: Charlotte Santry, Times Educational Supplement

Outstanding Further and Vocational Education Journalism
Sponsored by the Education and Training Foundation
Winner: Julia Belgutay, Times Educational Supplement
Runner up: Billy Camden, FE Week

Outstanding Higher Education Journalism
Sponsored by the University of East Anglia
Winner: John Morgan, Times Educational Supplement
Runners up: Tom Bartlett and Nell Gluckman, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Outstanding Regional Education Journalism
Sponsored by Lodestone
Winner: Emma Seith, TES Scotland
Runner up: Helen Steel, ITV Calendar News

Outstanding National Educational journalism.
Sponsored by Loughborough University.
Winner: Louise Tickle, The Guardian (freelancer)
Runner Up: Jon Severs, Times Educational Supplement

Ted Wragg Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education Journalism
Sponsored by The University of Manchester
Winner: Judy Friedberg, The Guardian

Notes to editors

This year’s judges
Louise Casella, Director, The Open University, Wales
Guy Collender, Deputy Head of Campaign Relations, University of Oxford
Martha Dalton, Managing Director, Lodestone Communications
Sally Domingo-Jones, Head of Communications, City & Guilds
Emma Duke, Head of Communications, Oxford University Press
Martyn Edwards, Associate Director of Global Advancement, Swansea University
Professor Wyn Morgan, Vice-President for Education, The University of Sheffield.
Miranda Thomas, Head of External Affairs, Universities UK International

About Judy Friedberg
Judy Friedberg is a journalist and higher education consultant. For five years, she was Universities Editor of The Guardian, having previously worked in a range of roles on the paper and website. She continues to edit The Guardian University Guide, and facilitates content partnerships between universities and The Guardian.

Judy is also a visiting professor at Coventry University, focusing on equality, inclusion and attainment. She writes and speaks on higher education topics. Her main concern, in all these roles, is to ensure students from disadvantaged backgrounds get the information and support they need to thrive in higher education.

About the CIPR and CIPR Education and Skills group
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK. With over 10,000 members involved in all aspects of PR, it is the largest body of its type in Europe. The CIPR advances the public relations profession in the UK by making its members accountable through a code of conduct, developing policies, representing its members and raising standards through education and training.

The CIPR Education & Skills Group was established in June 2003 to support PR and communications professionals working within the education and skills sector. It is the only professional network to reflect the needs of the whole sector – incorporating schools, further education colleges, higher education institutions, workforce development and adult learning. The group’s aim is to promote best practice and support the professional growth and knowledge of PR practitioners working in the education and skills sector, whilst helping to improve perceptions of the PR profession as a whole. Members include professionals working in-house, in consultancies and as freelancers, spanning, higher education, further education, schools, skills and education-related government bodies/agencies. The group is non-profit making and is run by a volunteer committee elected from amongst a membership of full CIPR members. Membership is open to all CIPR members with a professional interest in the education and skills sector.

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