PR professionals more likely to suffer from poor mental health compared to other UK workers

PR practitioners are significantly more likely to suffer from poor mental health compared to other UK workers, according to new research carried out by the PRCA and CIPR. The research – conducted by Opinium – found nine in ten (90%) PR professionals have struggled with their mental wellbeing to an extent over the past 12 months, compared to 65% of UK workers. PR professionals are also less likely to take time off from work for mental wellbeing reasons than other UK workers; one in four PR practitioners took leave for mental health,…

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CIPR’s AIinPR Panel welcomes UK government’s National AI Strategy

The CIPR’s AI in PR Panel has welcomed the publication of the UK government’s National AI Strategy, led by the Office for AI. The Panel, under new chair Andrew Bruce Smith, has however raised concerns around a lack of attention to the social impact of artificial intelligence. The strategy outlines plans to invest in the AI ecosystem, to support the transition to an AI-enabled economy, and to ensure the governance of technologies encourages innovation and protects rights and values. It includes a commitment to R&D and proposes initiatives to address the existing skills gaps that exist…

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CIPR and Taylor Bennett Foundation launch first industry wide diversity Reverse Mentoring scheme for PRs

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Taylor Bennett Foundation have launched the PR industry’s first Reverse Mentoring Scheme. Designed to increase awareness of diversity challenges and the need for inclusive cultures, and to drive lasting change in the PR industry, the pilot scheme will run for 10-months. The scheme pairs senior leaders with Black, Asian and ethnic minority PR and communications professionals to share insights into what it is like to be a minority in the industry, to understand the challenges that are presented, to showcase the importance…

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CIPR launches 2021 National Conference with focus on ‘Stakeholder Engagement in a Changing World’

The CIPR’s National Conference is back for 2021 with a focus on the importance of stakeholder engagement. Following last year’s award-winning event, this year’s two-day conference will be held online on Tuesday 9th November 2021 and Wednesday 10th November, 2021. This year’s conference – headline sponsored by Signal AI – will explore the importance of stakeholder trust during the pandemic and the future of this fundamental area of work; from the opportunities and challenges presented by the virtual world to employee engagement, behavioural change and crisis management, we’ll be diving into the topics and tools that define how…

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CIPR calls for greater transparency by Home Office

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has criticised the Home Office for a lack of transparency in creating a website – On the Move – which claimed to offer migrants a reliable source of information but did not disclose the publisher. The CIPR will be writing to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, with our concerns surrounding the creating of websites with no clear author or acknowledgement of government affiliation and with inaccurate information as wholly inappropriate.  A Freedom of Information request made by the PA news agency revealed the Home Office spent £23,200 on a social media campaign…

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