Win a place for dinner in parliament

CIPR students are invited to write their way to a place at the prestigious Maggie Nally Lecture and buffet dinner at the Houses of Parliament.

The ten entries judged the best will enjoy a sponsored supper, worth £65, after the Maggie Nally Lecture on January 19 2012. Explain in 50 words why it should be you.

The guest speaker will be Richard Gizbert, presenter of the weekly media programme, Listening Post, at Al Jazeera. He has been with Al Jazeera since 2006 and will be speaking about Western perceptions of Al Jazeera and media coverage of the Arab Spring.

The Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 2003 and the 2012 Lecture will be particularly special as it will be the 10th anniversary.

Entries will be judged against the following criteria:

  • You must be enrolled on a CIPR-approved course and provide relevant details.
  • You should apply by e-mail before 23 December stating, in 50 words, why they should be considered for a sponsored place.
  • The case will be judged on the cogency of the argument and clarity of expression
  • The style of the argument should be that of a ‘Sun Says’ leader column.
  • The argument should be value-based – the value of the event and the value the student will bring to it. It should not be needs-based, for example the student’s inability to raise £65.

The offer is limited to the cost of the reception and buffet supper and no assistance is offered with any travel or accommodation.

Applications should be sent to Eva Maclaine with the subject heading: ‘Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture 2012.’ Please include any additional contact information that may be needed over the festive season/New Year. Successful applicants will be informed by email/phone by 9 January 2012.

About Maggie Nally

Maggie Nally, Hon FCIPR, was the first woman President of the (then) Institute of Public Relations and helped turn the Institute around at a difficult time in its development. She was a highly professional PR practitioner who remained active both in PR practice and as a Fellow of the Institute until her death at the age of 80, 10 years ago.

Patrick Nally, Maggie’s son, is an impassioned advocate of the role of education and is sponsoring ten places for PR students at the reception and buffet following the lecture. These will be awarded on application only and assessed by representatives of CIPR International Group and the Nally family.

Host for both the lecture and following reception is Lord (Tom) McNally. The lecture is free, though it is essential that anyone attending brings with them a Letter of Entry for the Palace of Westminster. The cost for the reception and buffet supper following the Lecture is £65.


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