CIPR Public Affairs Group seeking Parliamentary Researcher of the Year 2012


CIPR Public Affairs (PA) is running a competition to recognise the researcher who has provided the most valuable contribution in supporting the work of a Member of Parliament.

The winning researcher will receive an iPad, one year's free membership of CIPR PA (to be started at a time of their choosing), and a free one-to-one career consultation with Gavin Ellwood, the main board director of specialist communications and public affairs recruitment agency, Ellwood & Atfield.

Two runners-up will also receive one year's membership of the group.

CIPR PA committee members will form the judging panel which will draw up a short list from those nominated. However, the winner will be selected by an online vote.

The deadline for entries is 31 January 2012.

Entry criteria: the competition is limited to support staff of Members of Parliament or Peers who hold a Parliamentary pass.

How to enter

  • Self-nomination:
    A 400-word self-nomination which details specific examples of how they have contributed to the work of their Parliamentarian.
    A 200-word supporting statement from employer, colleague, or friend within Parliament.
  • Colleague nomination:
    Two-200 word nomination statements from two separate individuals including employer, colleague, or friend within Parliament.

Either type of nomination may include supporting evidence (news coverage, photos etc.) and nominations should be sent to

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

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).

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