First PR director at Middlesex Uni

Marie Jackson has been appointed as Middlesex University’s first communications director.

Marie Jackson has been appointed as Middlesex University’s first

communications director.



Jackson is corporate relations head at the British Library, where she

has worked since 1981. She assumes her new position in mid-March.



She swaps a team of ten at the British Library for a small but dedicated

team of three at Middlesex.



She described her new job as being ’very much at the strategic end,

looking particularly at the medium and long term, and at general

positioning issues’.



The university is keen to increase the amount of national press coverage

it receives, she said, and to raise its status in relation to older,

more established universities. Middlesex, formerly a polytechnic, came

into being as a university in 1992. It has 2,000 staff and 20,000

students in seven locations in north London.



Jackson said: ’Middlesex already has a very strong image and the

communications job being done is excellent. My job is to work with the

team to make it make an even bigger contribution.’ She added that she

had no plans to appoint any PR agencies.



Jackson’s lengthy sojourn at the British Library has encompassed the

institution’s greatest period of upheaval - its move to new premises at

St Pancras. Her career there has included stints in the main press

office and the National Preservation Office before her appointment to

the corporate communications post in 1992.



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