This year’s top prizewinner was Mary-Kate Reynolds, a final year BA (Hons) Public Relations student, who won a placement with The London Stock Exchange HR department and a £500 expenses bursary.
Mary-Kate, from Sandbach, said: “It’s really flattering to have your hard work noticed and overwhelming! I’m really excited for the placement in London as it will give me some great experience which is quite different to other placements I’ve had.”
The second and third prize winners were Sinead Morrissey, who wins a two-week placement with Leeds Beckett University’s Corporate Communications Team and a £250 expenses bursary, and Hannah Lynch who wins a placement with MCG PR in Leeds, provided by Christine Mortimer, and a £250 expenses bursary. Both are second year BA (Hons) Public Relations students.
The competition is held in memory of Claire Mascall - a pioneering woman in the field of PR who died in 2006. Claire had a 35-year career in corporate relations that ranged from the nuclear and electricity industries to housing and construction, banking, and finance. She rose to become Head of Corporate Affairs at the London Stock Exchange and Global Head of Corporate Communications at ING Barings before setting up the consultancy Mascall Rimmer & Associates with her husband. Claire’s widower Graham developed the idea of the annual PR prize in Claire’s memory.
Graham said: “I’m delighted to be involved in this prize in memory of Claire. I love to see how the students get on after their experience and it’s great to have a hand in helping support the careers of such bright young people.”
Sinead, from The Wirral, said: “I’m thrilled and honoured to have been awarded the prize. It’s great for my achievements to be recognised and will really help my CV.”
Hannah, from Hampshire, added: “I’m surprised and delighted! This is a great experience and a fantastic opportunity.”