The CIPR’s Local Public Services Group (LPS) is calling on local public service communications practitioners across the UK to join a national research project delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. This study will aim to understand the current and future training and development needs of these PR professionals.

Public service communicators are invited to sign up for a focus group, which will be taking place in venues throughout the UK, in July, to share their views and ideas.

Confirmed dates and venues for the 2015 focus groups

The groups are open to CIPR members and non members. If you would like to join these please contact the research leads below:

  • 3 July – Exeter – contact: Mandy Pearse
  • 8 July – Warrington – contact Lynda Fothergill
  • 9 July – Edinburgh – contact Wendy Moran
  • 14 July – Bristol – contact Tim Borrett
  • 17 July – Newcastle – contact Steve Park
  • 27 July – Chatham – contact Abha Thakor
  • 28 July – Chelmsford – contact Phil McCusker


More venues to be confirmed. If you would like to be involved by hosting one of the 2015 focus groups in your region please contact Wendy Moran, Chair of the CIPR LPS (2015-2016) at Sheffield Hallam University is undertaking a three part piece of research examining the connection between local democracy and public communications. The findings from the initial research will be included in the CIPR LPS research project.

If you are a Head of Communications in a local public services organisation please click here to complete a survey.

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