Strong growth in marketing and PR vacancies reported

A rise in vacancies should be good news for graduates (photo: @vanessa_cwy on Instagram)

Strong growth in job vacancies means good prospects for this year’s graduates, according to two studies by recruiters. The number of marketing jobs advertised in the UK has increased by 78% year-on-year according to research from specialist recruiter Robert Walters, while new figures from reed.co.uk show job vacancies up 77% on the year before, with the sectors advertising the most graduate opportunities being recruitment consultancy, sales, education, technology and marketing & PR.

Say hello and wave goodbye!

Jane Crofts

On her retirement, public relations educator Jane Crofts reflects on her time at the University of Lincoln and on the ongoing challenge to position public relations courses within universities. In a Business School PR gets confused with marketing and in a School of Journalism they think PR is just about writing news releases, she writes.

Lessons in crisis communication from Air Asia

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In this edited version of her prize-winning essay, Malaysian journalism and public relations student Diandra Phua explores the lessons in crisis communication from the AirAsia crash in December 2014 and praises Tony Fernandes for his energy and empathy.

PRCA welcomes University of the West of England as its latest Partner University

UWE PR Society students organised a social media event in April

The University of the West of England (UWE) is the latest establishment to sign up to the PRCA’s Partner University scheme, providing its PR students with free membership, training and a range of other benefits. UWE is one of 17 universities signed up to the scheme.

Honorary doctorate for PR consultant

Jane Crofts

Public affairs specialist Matthew Gunther-Bushell has received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Literature) from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea. Gunther-Bushell is managing partner of international strategic communications consultancy Consulum. He lives in Bahrain with his wife and three children.