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Greenpeace stages 'dirty' protest at Barclays HQ to highlight tar sands pipeline

Greenpeace stages 'dirty' protest at Barclays HQ to highlight tar sands pipeline

Greenpeace UK activists dressed as bankers staged a brand-jamming protest at Barclays' Canary Wharf headquarters on Thursday morning, daubing its logo with a mock oil-leak.

'Champions of change' - media training scheme for women scientists wins Royal Society diversity award

'Champions of change' - media training scheme for women scientists wins Royal Society diversity award

A scheme aimed at getting more media exposure for women experts in medical sciences has been awarded the Royal Society's diversity award the Athena Prize.

From PR pro to working mum: reflections on the maternity leave experience

From PR pro to working mum: reflections on the maternity leave experience

Holly Pither, associate director at Bottle and new mother, has spoken to PRWeek about her experience of maternity leave, returning to her agency early and what the industry should be doing to support women.

Ex-BBC journalist and Buckingham Palace PR to lead Oxfam GB comms

Ex-BBC journalist and Buckingham Palace PR to lead Oxfam GB comms

Oxfam GB has hired Steve Kingstone as its comms director, starting in the Autumn.

Global policy comms leader Emily Horn exits Twitter

Global policy comms leader Emily Horn exits Twitter

Horne's departure follows that of corp comms lead Kristin Binns and amid a larger organizational restructuring at Twitter.

In brief: Newington hires di Leo, Macmillan marcoms man leaves, win for Palm, new role for MacKenzie

In brief: Newington hires di Leo, Macmillan marcoms man leaves, win for Palm, new role for MacKenzie

Newington hires di Leo, Macmillan marcoms man to leave, win for Palm and more from PRWeek UK.

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Sagar Sharma will join the children's charity Barnardo's as director of policy and comms at the end of July, following nearly a decade and a half in Government comms.

Edelman and Weber shortlisted at Cannes for Adobe, Samsung and IFAD work

Edelman and Weber shortlisted at Cannes for Adobe, Samsung and IFAD work

Aside from the PR Lions, six other shortlists have been published at Cannes today and there is a place for comms agencies on three of them.

Sky Ocean Rescue targets 'plastic' emojis in World Oceans Day campaign

Sky Ocean Rescue targets 'plastic' emojis in World Oceans Day campaign

Ahead of World Oceans Day on Friday (8 June), Sky Ocean Rescue has launched a social campaign asking the official emoji body, Unicode, to remove the plastic cup and straw emoji from its keyboard.

Charity comms lead heads back to Fleet Street in senior Mail on Sunday role

Charity comms lead heads back to Fleet Street in senior Mail on Sunday role

James Mellor (pictured), the assistant director of comms at Barnardo's, is moving back into journalism.

Public would cut ties with those who mishandle their personal data, survey finds

Public would cut ties with those who mishandle their personal data, survey finds

Three quarters of the public would end their relationship with a company or organisation which mishandled their personal data, an exclusive poll for PRWeek has found.

Edelman UK hires senior duo to lead new purpose division

Edelman UK hires senior duo to lead new purpose division

Edelman has created two brand and social purpose roles in its UK team, with the new practice represented on its executive committee.

In brief: Unlimited makes b2b acquisition, GoFundMe hires Rickman, ex-broadcaster joins agency, PRCA teams up with new MAAG

In brief: Unlimited makes b2b acquisition, GoFundMe hires Rickman, ex-broadcaster joins agency, PRCA teams up with new MAAG

First Base acquired by Unlimited, GoFundMe hires digital lead and expands Fleishman brief, Third City picks up 'Piggy wallet', and more from PRWeek UK.

Opinion and features

The truth about the state of public relations degrees

The truth about the state of public relations degrees

This week brought disappointing reports that public relations degrees at Bournemouth University are shutting their doors.

'There were some scary moments': the UN Refugee Agency on making a positive case after Brexit and racism fears

'There were some scary moments': the UN Refugee Agency on making a positive case after Brexit and racism fears

The UN body focused on refugees' rights has its work cut out to protect and support displaced people globally. PRWeek met the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' UK external relations team.

Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals is everyone's business, but how do you convince everyone else of that?

Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals is everyone's business, but how do you convince everyone else of that?

This week Measuring Up, the first comprehensive assessment of the UK's performance against the SDGs, was released. It makes for tough reading.

There's a new Cannes Lions category this year that is very GOOD

There's a new Cannes Lions category this year that is very GOOD

Did you know that there has been a plan put in place to save the world?

The duds and the Dianas of Royal Wedding brand campaigns

The duds and the Dianas of Royal Wedding brand campaigns

Plenty of brands tried to jump on the royal bandwagon ahead of the wedding of Harry and Meghan. Joe Mackay-Sinclair, co-founder of The Romans, gives his blessing to two that worked - and two that didn't.

GDPR: Risks and opportunities for the industry of the biggest shake-up of personal data in a generation

GDPR: Risks and opportunities for the industry of the biggest shake-up of personal data in a generation

There is a week to go until the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation - a beefed-up version of existing data protection laws that aims to put people in charge of their personal data, but which could also have far-reaching implications for the PR and comms industry.

Sector specialism: Short-sighted or just commercially astute?

Sector specialism: Short-sighted or just commercially astute?

It's all too easy, when working agency-side or as a part of an in-house communications team, to forget the real drivers that compel a company to engage with PR.

Sector specialism in PR and comms is a short-sighted requirement

Sector specialism in PR and comms is a short-sighted requirement

More often than not, 'sector experience' is listed as a key requirement when a company is shortlisting agencies to handle its PR.

Earning coverage: Five steps to the perfect media day

Earning coverage: Five steps to the perfect media day

Media days can become a waking nightmare for public relations practitioners if not planned correctly, but there are ways to avoid the pitfalls and ensure a successful event.

Cutting through complexity is the biggest challenge in sustainability comms

Cutting through complexity is the biggest challenge in sustainability comms

Increasingly, we're living in a world of purpose-led brands and yet; when it comes to the sustainability sector, we still struggle to apply basic communications principles.

Recent people moves

In brief: MSL's Vietnam hires, Curzon hires ex-journalist, wins for Radioactive PR and Brand Love

In brief: MSL's Vietnam hires, Curzon hires ex-journalist, wins for Radioactive PR and Brand Love

MSL's Vietnam appointments, new agency for Office Outlet, vegan start-up Pure & Hearty takes on Radioactive PR, PrettyGreen's blockchain brief, and more from PRWeek UK.

BAFTA appoints Comic Relief marcoms lead as new comms director

BAFTA appoints Comic Relief marcoms lead as new comms director

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has appointed Ellen Johnson as its director of communications.

PRWeek UK news editor to join health advisory body's comms team

PRWeek UK news editor to join health advisory body's comms team

PRWeek news editor Sam Burne James is to join the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as its digital media manager.

In brief: Hudson Sandler hires Grayling veteran, Newgate recruits Blair adviser, Seven Dials enters City

In brief: Hudson Sandler hires Grayling veteran, Newgate recruits Blair adviser, Seven Dials enters City

Hudson Sandler hires Grayling veteran, Newgate recruits Blair adviser, Seven Dials enters City, and more from PRWeek UK.

British Chambers of Commerce brings in joint campaigns directors on job share

British Chambers of Commerce brings in joint campaigns directors on job share

Business network the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is taking on two co-executive director of policy and campaigns, with both joining from the same charity.

In brief: Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Big hire

In brief: Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Big hire

Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Content hire at Big and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs

In brief: Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs

Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs, and more from PRWeek UK.

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud has joined the board of trustees for the Islamic Development Bank's new Transform Fund, with his agency providing ongoing support to the Saudi Arabia-based body.