And the winner is…

Bournemouth student Francesca Larkin has been voted the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) National Student Representative of the Year 2011.

Francesca, who is studying for a BA (Hons) in Public Relations at Bournemouth University, beat off competition from 29 fellow students from around the UK to win the award.

Every year the CIPR appoints student representatives who work with each regional committee and compete for the title of CIPR Student Representative of the Year. As part of the accolade, Francesca has won a cash prize.

Commenting on the award, Alex Skinner, Past Chair of the CIPR Wessex committee, said:

I can’t congratulate Francesca enough on this tremendous achievement. She’s worked hard this year within the university and attended the committee meetings and really made the most of the opportunities presented to her. I know she’ll go on and do the same during her subsequent career.

On receiving the award, Francesca said:

I was appointed student representative of the CIPR at Bournemouth University in September 2010 after being elected by my classmates. To prove I was Student of the Year I had a range of tasks to perform, including promoting student membership to course members and liaising with the Wessex CIPR group.

I also had to complete a full marketing campaign and an event campaign following briefs set by the CIPR as a major part of the criteria for Student Rep of the Year.

During my year I was also responsible, with another student, Jessica North, for organising a student event that provided me with the practical knowledge and skills required in events management.

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