Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Decoding the jargon to get to the heart of public affairs

Mon Mar 23 12:06:00 GMT 2015

On the Wednesday 18 March 2015, public affairs practitioners participated in a Public Affairs Networking Event to inform students about the industry, share their experiences, and offer CV advice for students interested in pursuing a career in public affairs.

Speakers at the Public Affairs Networking Event

— Speakers at the Public Affairs Networking Event.


Public Affairs can be hard to define and riddled with jargon and complicated job titles, this event aimed to clear up the confusion and advise students on the industry.

The event consisted of speeches from a panel which included:

  • Ian Thorn (Founding Director at Meeting Place Communications)
  • Clare Fraser (Senior Account Executive at Cavendish Communications)
  • James Moseley (Account Manager at Connect Communications)
  • Louise Madel (Public Affairs Manager for the National Osteoporosis Society)
  • James Lancaster (Account Manager at JBP)

After the speeches there followed an informal drinks networking session, offering students a more relaxed atmosphere to ask personal questions and build up relationships.

The event was a great success with positive feedback about the useful information delivered.

James Katz (second year BSc Politics and Economics student), commented: “It was fantastic to hear some insight into both the recruitment process and professional environment of a sector as varied and engaging as public affairs. Each of the five speakers come from a slightly different background and so their differing perspectives in both their speeches and in the more informal conversations we had with them after provided an excellent, well-round look into this industry”.

The event was organised by Madison Rogers (second year BSc Politics and International Relations student) who said: “the experience of organising the event has been a great one. I received enthusiastic responses from practitioners in the public affairs industry to be a part of the event and enjoyed the opportunity to challenge myself. I would encourage anyone who thinks that they have an idea for an event to improve student employability to approach the University and make it happen!”

The event was funded by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Employability Fund, which supports students from across the Faculty in organising and running their own careers events, and through departmental funding.