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March 24, 2017 #CommsChat on the value of degrees in PR and comms

This week on #CommsChat, we’re joined by Richard Bailey, public relations educator and editor of online magazine Behind the Spin, to talk about the value of PR and comms degree and whether or not they are necessary for the industry to progress. We’ll look at what PR and comms degrees offer, their approach and how industry bodies can engage with those starting out in the profession in other ways.

The topics are:

  • What do PR/comms degrees offer their participants, and the industry?
  • How can apprenticeships and CPD courses equip participants for the PR/comms industry?
  • Which skills should PR/comms courses, degree and non-degree, teach?
  • Should degrees be theoretical in their approach? Or is PR/comms more like learning a trade?
  • What can professional associations, e.g. PRCA, do to support those who teach degrees? How can they support those without degrees?

Join us! We tweet from @CommsChat and #CommsChat takes place every Monday, from 8-9pm GMT. Anyone can take part in the discussion – simply follow the hashtag here or on Twitter. If you can’t make the chat or would like to revisit it, a transcript will be posted to Storify on Tuesday morning. We’d love to hear your suggestions for future topics – please get in touch with Amy at or contact us on Twitter with any ideas.

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