University News Centre scores four-in-a-row

Our University's News Centre has received four awards within the space of three months, recognising a range of successes in a number of significant areas.

  • In October as part of Black History Month, the News Centre's Director Ather Mirza won a Leadership Award, recognising his status as an influential person in his field.
  • In November, the University’s first Multimedia News Officer Amy Cory - who has since moved to Leeds Beckett University - received a Young Leaders Award for her work in communicating the reinterment of Richard III, the construction of our new Centre for Medicine, and a host of fascinating research projects.
  • Also in November, the University was recognised for its communications work on Richard III after being awarded a Gold CIPR PRide Award at an event in Birmingham. The citation read: This historic event attracted international interest and through comprehensive media management, the PR team ensured the message of Dignity and Respect for Richard III was carried through in all communications activity.
  • In December, the University picked up the 2015 UAR Openness Award for animal research public engagement activity, reflecting the ongoing efforts at Leicester to communicate the benefits of animal research. Leicester's approach was described as being 'truly trail-blazing'.

Ather said: “This is a tremendous run of successes and reflects on the work of colleagues across the Division of External Relations as well as the partnership working with academic colleagues.”

Tracy Carlton, Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment, said: “We are very proud of these achievements that demonstrate the impact the work of the Division is having in enhancing the University’s reputation. Members of our Creative Team and Marketing Communications have also won awards in recent months.”