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PR and Journalism

Our PR and Journalism subject area consists of a group of innovative and student centred undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the subjects of Public Relations, Communications and Journalism. We are recognised as one of the leading subject groups both in the UK and internationally, in terms of research quality, teaching excellence, student satisfaction and engagement with the local market and community. 

Student Opportunities

Based in the vibrant city of Leeds, students can benefit from our range of contacts with opportunities to meet, research and report on companies, industry news and new business developments. Our links with local and national enterprises give our students access to meaningful experiences and opportunities, placements and extra-curricular activity that are valued by national and international employers.

Students also benefit from our modern learning environment with specialist facilities to bring learning to life such as our dedicated Media Suite consisting of a TV and Radio Studio, Control Gallery, Newsroom and Editing Suite.

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Accreditations and Awards

We are an accredited study centre for the delivery of Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) professional awards. Our BA Journalism course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and Professional Publishers Association (PPA).

Our Academic Team

Head of Subject

Nick Halafihi

Nick is the Head of Subject for the Marketing and PR & Journalism Subject Groups.

In 2015 Nick won the University's 'Achieving Excellence' Award for 'Team Leader of the Year' and he has also been short-listed for the TES 'most Innovative Teacher of the Year' award. Nick is also a University Teacher Fellow and Principal Lecturer.

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Our Academic Team

Our Alumni

Nina Hands and Jasmine Headley Co-Directors of Content Soup, Leeds

Studied: BA (Hons) Public Relations

"We gained so much experience from our placements. They allowed us to learn from the best people in the industry and exposed us to the real world of PR. Our placement experience was the main thing potential employers were interested in when we went for interviews after university, and it gave us the skills to hit the ground running in our first jobs."

Kitty McGee Executive Fashion Director, Stylist magazine

Studied: BA (Hons) Public Relations

"I got my first break in this competitive industry through the strength of contacts I made on my placement, and I’ve since gone on to build a really enjoyable career. After graduating, I accepted a full-time job at my placement company and worked with high-profile clients on events including London Fashion Week. I then worked in the press office at Selfridges before joining Stylist."

Charlotte Morris Senior Media Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Studied: Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Diploma

"I was keen to advance my career in PR and get a good grounding in the subject. Two years after finishing my course I was named as one of PR Week’s Top 29 Under 29s – a list of up and coming people working in PR."

Hannah Robinson Trainee Journalist at Hull Daily Mail

Studied: MSc Journalism

"In today’s news gathering operations, you need to be able to work both in print and digitally. Having undertaken the news and feature writing modules on my course, I know exactly how to write a feature when I need to and I am just as comfortable when I have to sub-edit some news copy."

Joanna Taylor Commercial Partnerships Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket

Studied: BA (Hons) Sport Development and MA Public Relations & Strategic Communication

"After completing my undergraduate degree, I had plenty of options but wasn’t certain which path to take. My masters enabled me to broaden my knowledge and explore another area of interest. My current role combines elements of both degrees, but my masters really helped my CV to stand out and made all the difference during the application process."

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