Manchester student Tara Cronin has been voted the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) National Student Representative of the Year 2010. Tara, who is studying for an MSc in International Public Relations at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, beat off competition from 18 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, Tara has won a one-year paid placement with BioMed Central in London, an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher, which has pioneered the open access publishing model working with Matt McKay – one of the UK’s first Chartered Practitioners – during her placement year.
Commenting on the award Dave Sanders, Chair of the CIPR North West committee, said: “I can’t congratulate Tara enough on this tremendous achievement. She’s worked hard this year, 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 placement year and her subsequent career.”
“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 North West CIPR group. I am also responsible for organising a student event that aims to provide me with the practical knowledge and skills required in events management.
“The coming year will, no doubt, be a busy one, full of great learning potential. This is an amazing opportunity that will present many challenges to enjoy. I am really looking forward to meeting and working with the BioMed Central team.”
Congratulations must also go to Michael White who was this year’s runner up for the title. Mike also did a fantastic job as rep, regularly securing media coverage, attended CIPR group meetings and also held a social media conference which saw over 60 delegates in attendance. Michael is now about to begin a one year placement at Microsoft.