The Week in Public Sector

DIUS awards £3m education contract; BBC names chief press officer; COI speaker confirmed.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has handed out a £3m contract to promote a roadshow encouraging young people to pursue higher education. Event Marketing Solutions (EMS) and Geronimo Communications will run the three-year project. The agencies were awarded the business following a five-way pitch to the Central Office of Information. Geronimo and EMS have run the programme every year since its launch in 2001, in which time it is believed to have reached more than 660,000 young people.

The BBC has appointed Katherine Grimes as its new chief press officer. She is currently a media relations manager for the BBC Press Office. In the new role, she will be reporting to head of press Donald Steel and recently appointed deputy head of press Ben Wilson. Grimes will handle media liaison and relations, including issues management for the portfolio of BBC public services. She will also take responsibility for the day-to-day management of the BBC Press Office. Grimes' appointment is with immediate effect.

Central Office of Information (COI) head of cultural diversity Patricia Macauley has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the free ethnic communications seminar event, set to take place on 7 July at Newham Town Hall in East Ham. The event is aimed at organisations that wish to engage ethnic minorities and hard-to-reach groups to sustain relationships with the UK's disparate communities.

For more information visit www.ethnicnow.com.

Lewisham Council is broadening its online comms capability with four new roles being created, ranging in seniority from web manager to web assistant.

THe Children's Workforce Development Council has selected Band & Brown and the Central Office of Information's news and PR team to promote the Early Years Professional Status. EYPS is a status that graduates who work with children aged up to five years old can attain.

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