By Victoria Pearson, Senior Communications Planning Manager, University of Oxford
CIPR Education & Skills Committee Member
We are delighted to announce John Izbicki as the winner of the 2016 Ted Wragg Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education Journalism – the most prestigious award of the CIPR Education Journalism Awards. John, the renowned former Telegraph education correspondent, will receive his award at the 2016 Education Journalism Awards ceremony two weeks today, on Thursday 17 November.
John’s memoirs Life Between the Lines, published in 2012, give an insight into a fascinating life, from living through the horror of Kristallnacht in 1938 and his family’s flight from Nazi Germany to the UK, to his career on Fleet Street as a distinguished education correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and a stint running the Telegraph‘s office in Paris. Beyond journalism, John had a pivotal role in the transformation of the higher education sector on the Committee of Directors of Polytechnics, where he played a leading role in the transformation of polytechnics into modern universities.
We are also really pleased to confirm Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North since 2015, as the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony. Wes has a long-held passion for education, serving at various times as a president of the National Union of Students, a primary school governor and a senior manager and chief executive for a number of voluntary and private sector organisations working to improve access to education. Wes has taken a keen interest in the Higher Education and Research Bill and he will bring many thought-provoking and provocative ideas to the event.
The CIPR Education Journalism Awards, now in their twelfth year, celebrate and promote captivating specialist education journalism across ten categories, from schools through to higher, vocational and professional education and across regional and national reporting. This year the contest had a record number of entries: a staggering response from sector journalists.
There are still a few tickets available for the awards ceremony at the iconic Shard building, London Bridge, at 6.30pm on Thursday 17 November; so book now and join us for what promises to be a fantastic evening.