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British universities pin their flag to European Union mast

In the run-up to elections for new European Parliament speculation was rife that Britain might be heading for the European Union exit door. But one group has not been afraid to pin their pro-European credentials firmly to the mast – and that’s the assembled ranks of UK universities, as NIC MITCHELL explains. AS WITH much […]

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Communications in the digital age: features are blogs and news is a tweet!

I left mainstream newspaper journalism when I was just 35 after developing repetitive strain injury (RSI as it often called) – caused, ironically enough, when computers replaced typewriters in the newsroom and the necessary adjustments to office furniture were not made, nor any proper training given about how we were to use these new fangled […]

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Alpine venue for European unis focus on change

The 2014 conference of the European universities public relations and communications network EUPRIO is taking place in the Austrian Alps this September under the umbrella of ‘How to communicate in a world dominated by change!’ Here we take a first look at what’s on offer: THE pace of change in higher education is accelerating and […]

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From feast to famine to feasting again!

You’ll be living from ‘feast to famine’ they told me when I decided to go freelance and set up De la Cour Communications at the start of 2012. And that’s more or less the way it has turned out. But I’m not complaining, as long as the occasional feast comes along. My December proved to […]

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We’re runners-up for the Outstanding Online Education Commentary Award

Runner-up to Financial Times blogger Jane Bird in the Outstanding Online Education Commentary section of the UK’s Education Journalism Awards is no mean feat after a year-and-a-half blogging on this delacourcourcommunications.com website. So, you can imagine my delight when the chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Education and Skills Group, Louise Jaggs, […]

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Why should university communicators be interested in Brussels?

As university communications staff around Europe struggle with ever-increasing workloads, do they really have time – or the energy – to think about Brussels and the relative importance of what’s happening at the heart of the European Union? That’s the question I put to DENIS ANCION, President of the European Universities Public Relations and Information […]

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England’s unfinished higher education revolution!

NIC MITCHELL gives EUPRIO members heading to the UK for the 2013 annual conference a quick overview of the “radical” or “bonkers” brave new world of English higher education. It’s been an ‘interesting’ 15 months since I wrote the first of my semi-regular blogs for the EUPRIO website in which I tried to explain to […]

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Don’t overlook your ‘internal’ stakeholders!

NIC MITCHELL welcomes the overarching theme for this year’s conference of European higher education communicators at the University of Kent at the end of June. IT CAN be all too easy to overlook one of the most powerful assets to a university’s brand in the rush to impress external stakeholders. For while we professional communicators […]

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Communicating in a very special European family

Nic Mitchell looks forward to his 21st conference of the European Universities Public Relations and Information Officers association (EUPRIO) in Gothenburg this September and reflects on the value of being part of this special family of higher education communicators – which he first joined on the hills of Tuscany. My baptism into the EUPRIO family came at […]

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