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Lecturer recognised for outstanding Public Relations contribution


A Leeds Beckett senior lecturer has been honoured by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations for helping to raise standards in the industry.

Robert Minton-Taylor speaks

Robert Minton-Taylor has been named on the CIPR’s 70 at 70 list for his work in promoting diversity and equality in the Public Relations industry.

It follows his recent Times Higher Education Award nomination after helping to establish Leeds Business School’s partnership with retail giant IKEA.

A lecturer for over 23 years at the university, Robert co-founded the Fair Deal for Interns campaign alongside Leeds Beckett’s Students’ Union and is a sponsor of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which encourages black, Asian and minority ethnic graduates to pursue a career in communications.

Speaking about the award, Robert said: “Without Leeds Business School, the students I teach and my colleagues, both academic and administrative, I would not be anywhere close to achieving this accolade.”

He has been honoured alongside 70 practitioners from across the sector as part of celebrations for the CIPR’s 70th anniversary.

Sarah Hall, President of the CIPR said: “Robert enjoyed a distinguished consultancy career as a director of the global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marsteller before becoming a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University.

“He is a passionate diversity advocate and has successfully campaigned against unpaid internships. His dedication to equality is an example to practitioners and academics alike.”

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