Congratulations to all of the winners and runners up of the 14th Education Journalism Awards held on the 22nd November 2018.

The awards were founded by the CIPR Education & Skills group in 2005 to recognise and celebrate the excellent, dedicated professionals in the UK who report on education and skills across all forms of media - at both national and local level.

Alison Tobin, Chair, CIPR Education and Skills Group:

"These awards celebrate the very best in education and skills journalism. We've had a superb field of entries this year covering a huge range of issues which demonstrate how crucial specialist journalism is to our sector."

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our inspirational keynote speaker for the event, Mary Curnock Cook OBE.

Here are a few pictures from the Awards night...

The Winners..

- Most Promising Newcomer to Education Journalism sponsored by Education Placement Group Winner: Pippa Allen-Kinross, FE Week and Schools Week. Runner up: Kerrie Kennedy, The Pie News.

- Outstanding Schools Journalism sponsored by London Grid for Learning Winner: Sarah Montague, BBC Radio 4 World at One. Runner up: Charlotte Santry, Times Educational Supplement.

- Outstanding Further & Vocational Education Journalism sponsored by Education and Training Foundation Winner: Julia Belgutay, Times Educational Supplement. Runner up: Billy Camden, FE Week.

- Outstanding Higher Education Journalism sponsored by the University of East Anglia Winner: John Morgan, Times Educational Supplement. Runner up: Tom Bartlett and Nell Gluckman, The Chronicle of Higher Education.

- Outstanding Regional Education Journalism sponsored by Lodestone Winner: Emma Seith, TES Scotland. Runner up: Helen Steel, ITV Calendar News.

- Outstanding National Education Journalism sponsored by Loughborough University Winner: Louise Tickle, The Guardian. Runner up: Jon Severs, Times Educational Supplement.

- Ted Wragg Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education Journalism sponsored by the University of Manchester Winner: Judy Friedberg, The Guardian.

Thank you to everyone who entered and a very special thank you to all of our sponsors and judges.



Thank you to all of the sponsors who are supporting the awards this year...


The Education & Training Foundation

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is the sector-owned, government-backed workforce development body for the Further Education and Training sector.

The charity’s mission is to support the continuing transformation of our country’s technical and vocational education system by ensuring the sector has world-class teachers, trainers, assessors and leaders. This leads to ever-improving learner outcomes, a better skilled workforce and a stronger economy, country and society. It does this by:

  • Setting professional standards, awarding QTLS and ATS, and, managing the Society for Education and Training, the professional membership body for the sector
  • Supporting the sector through reform and change
  • Leading professional and workforce development for teachers, trainers, assessors, leaders and governors
  • Being the home of independent, impartial and comprehensive workforce data and research


Education Placement Group (EPG) is a specialist education recruitment business which provides supply teachers and support staff to primary, secondary (including academies), special educational needs schools and nurseries across England and Wales.

With more than 20 years experience in state, independent and international sectors, its clients benefit from a network of UK and international offices, that deliver a global service solution through branches, utilizing local knowledge.

It operates through offices across England and Wales and overseas in Ireland, Canada and Australia for teacher recruitment. Services are delivered through four core divisions: Supply Desk, Teach In, just teachers and Qualified Schools.

EPG’s mission is to supply the highest quality services in order to support both the schools and the candidates in their effort to achieve exceptional standards of education and the highest levels of pupil attainment.



Lodestone is a strategy and corporate communications agency providing sharp analysis, creative thinking and agile delivery. Lodestone helps organisations to tell their own stories, in their own voices, navigating a course to success. We offer a wide range of services, including: Strategy & Advisory; Public Affairs; PR, Corporate & Financial Comms; Reputation Management & Crisis Comms; Coaching & Executive Training; Digital; Insight & Research; Lodestone Local; Political Risk.

Drawing on our team’s broad experience, we pull together bespoke, cross party teams to achieve specific business objectives, and conduct detailed research. Lodestone’s headquarters is based in London, with international reach across different markets in the EMEA, APAC and America regions. 


LGfL is a charity committed to the advancement of education through digital innovation. Serving a growing community of thousands of schools in London and across the UK we are focused on saving schools money, tackling inequality, promoting wellbeing and keeping children safe. We champion digital disruption and, this year, were recognised in the EDTECH Top 50 “movers and shakers”.

Our large community means that we generate economies of scale enabling schools savings of millions of pounds every year through procurement. This academic year alone we have helped schools identify over £8M in potential funding claims for disadvantaged children.

A key focus for 2018 has been on cybersecurity and we have implemented some of the world’s biggest projects for ransomware and malware protection. We are currently championing the use of cloud services with ground breaking collaborations with Google and Microsoft.



Loughborough University is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for its research and teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

Loughborough is ranked 4th in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and 7th in both the Complete University Guide 2019 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. It was rated top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

It has been awarded a ‘five stars plus’ rating in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme and named the best university in the world to study sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.



The University of Manchester, a member of the prestigious Russell Group, is the UK’s largest single-site university with more than 40,000 students – including more than 10,000 from overseas. It is consistently ranked among the world’s elite for graduate employability.

The University is also one of the country’s major research institutions, rated fifth in the UK in terms of ‘research power’ (REF 2014). World-class research is carried out across a diverse range of fields including cancer, advanced materials, global inequalities, energy and industrial biotechnology. No fewer than 25 Nobel laureates have either worked or studied here.

It is the only UK university to have social responsibility among its core strategic objectives, with staff and students alike dedicated to making a positive difference in communities around the world.

Manchester is ranked 29th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2018 and 6th in the UK.



The University of East Anglia (UEA) motto is Do Different. Founded in 1963, UEA set out to blend academic disciplines to provide students with more rounded and interdisciplinary learning – breaking new ground in both the sciences and the art and humanities.

UEA developed interdisciplinary environmental sciences and that cross-fertilisation of disciplines helped lead to the development of UEA’s world-renowned Climatic Research Unit. The same “do different” ethos also inspired the UK’s very first MA in Creative Writing which has gone on to produce a stellar list of literary alumni, including Nobel Laureate Sir Kazuo Ishiguro.

UEA combines high quality teaching with world-leading research. Located on the Norwich Research Park, home to Europe’s leading centres for research in food, health and the environment, UEA is ranked in the top 15 of UK universities, rated Gold under the Teaching Excellence Framework, and 10th in the UK for quality of research outputs.

Special Guest Speaker Mary Curnock Cook, OBE

We are delighted to announce that Mary Curnock Cook OBE will be our special guest at the awards.

From 2010 to 2017, Mary was Chief Executive of UCAS, the universities and colleges admissions service.  Earlier in her career she held executive and non-executive positions in the education, hospitality, food and biotech sectors.

Mary is a non-exec Director at the Student Loans Company and a Council member of the Open University.  She Chairs the Access Project and is a Trustee of National Numeracy and multi-academy trust, United Learning.  She is an investor and/or mentor to a number of edtech entrepreneurs and provides ad hoc advisory services to a number of organisations in the education sector.  She is currently Hon President of the Association of University Administrators.

Mary has an MSc from London Business School and she was awarded an OBE in 2000. She is an honorary Fellow of Birkbeck and Goldsmiths, both University of London colleges, and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Gloucestershire.


Say hello to our 2018 judging panel...


Head of Communications Oxford Education, Oxford University Press
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About Emma

Emma is Head of Communications for Oxford University Press’s education publishing across the UK, Australia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is responsible for employee engagement and protecting the organization’s external reputation.
With a PR agency background, Emma has worked with brands such as Unilever, Elsevier, and Impellam Group; managing strategic media campaigns, stakeholder engagement programmes and crisis and issues management.
Emma began her career in communications at Diageo PLC.
Emma is the co-founder of PUBlic Relations Oxford.


Deputy Head of Campaign Relations Oxford University
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About Guy

Guy has worked in journalism and communications for 15 years. He began his career chasing stories in Portsmouth for a daily newspaper. A two-year spell in the UK Government’s Media Monitoring Unit followed. Since 2007, he has worked in press office, communication, and alumni roles within higher education, including at Oxford University, and Birkbeck, University of London. Projects have taken him to Bangladesh to report on sanitation and to Africa to write about mobile phones. In 2014 he edited Birkbeck’s stakeholder magazine BBK, which won a CASE Silver Circle of Excellence Award. He is passionate about producing podcasts, and has interviewed the FT’s editor Lionel Barber, neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, and politician David Miliband for the Alumni Voices series. He now works as the Deputy Head of Campaign Relations at Oxford University. He read Modern History at Oxford, and studied journalism as a postgraduate at Cardiff University.

Louise Casella

Director of The Open University in Wales

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About Louise

Louise Casella is Director of The Open University in Wales, leading the strategic management, development and growth of the OU in Wales and supporting strategic change in the OU across the UK. Prior to joining the OU Louise worked as a consultant and interim manager and assignments included periods at Stirling University, and at Wrexham Glyndwr University where she was Pro Vice Chancellor. Louise’s early career was at Cardiff University, where she held posts as Head of Planning, Senior Executive and Head of the Vice Chancellor’s Office, before becoming Director of Strategic Development between 2004 and 2012. Louise was born and educated in Cardiff, is a Swansea graduate and is passionate about the opportunities that education and lifelong learning open up for individuals. Her interests beyond work, family and friends are rugby, sewing and drinking wine (though not necessarily all at the same time).

Martha Dalton

Managing Director Lodestone Communications

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About Martha

Martha Dalton is the Managing Director of Lodestone. She provides strategic counsel on political issues, reputation management and campaigns. Martha’s has over 10 years experience working for clients in the education sector and beyond.

A former Director of a City communications consultancy, Martha has advised a number of political campaigns and co-founded the grassroots organisation RegistHERtoVote. She is a member of the Institute of Directors’ 99 Club for young entrepreneurs and is an elected member of the PR and Communications Council.

Martyn Edwards

Associate Director for Global Advancement Swansea University
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About Martyn

Martyn Edwards is Associate Director for Global Advancement at Swansea University, leading on all aspects of institutional marketing and digital engagement.

Prior to this Martyn has held a number of senior leadership roles across different organisations within the HE sector including the British Council, University of Nottingham and Loughborough University.

More recently he was Head of Marketing and Business Development UK & US for IDP Education. Martyn is a graduate of Cardiff University and also holds a postgraduate qualification from the University of Manchester.

Miranda Thomas

Head of External Affairs Universities UK International
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About Miranda

Miranda is Head of External Affairs at Universities UK International. She leads on all aspects of UUKi’s communications strategy including campaigns, stakeholder relations and events.

She joined the team in June 2016 from Communications Management - a public relations and communications consultancy specialising in education – where she led the Business Education division. Before this she led communications teams at Cass Business School, City University London, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Miranda also has experience in consumer PR working with big-brand clients in food, charity and FMCG. She studied drama at the University of Exeter.

Sally Domingo-Jones

Head of Communications City & Guilds
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About Sally

Sally heads up the communications team at City & Guilds, responsible for all aspects of communications from stakeholder engagement and media relations through to social media management and internal communications.
Sally is passionate about skills education having spent the last 12 years promoting its value. Prior to City & Guilds, Sally led campaigns for the Learning & Skills Council working on its apprenticeships, train to gain and national skills academy programmes.
Starting out in the arts, she began her PR career working at GCI London and moved to global PR agency HK Strategies where, alongside her skills work, she led CSR and corporate briefs across the retail, travel and logistics industries. Sally is also a qualified yoga teacher and maintains a passions for the arts.

Wyn Morgan

Vice-President for Education University of Sheffield
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About Wyn

I am currently Vice-President for Education and Professor of Economics at the University of Sheffield. In my current role I am tasked with leading all matters relating to teaching, learning and the wider student experience including recruitment, widening participation, student well-being, career prospects and outcomes more generally. I also continue to teach and research in economics.

Prior to Sheffield, I was Professor in Economics at the University of Nottingham where I also took on a number of managerial roles in learning and teaching. My research focuses on food economics with particular reference to food prices and inflation and I have undertaken work for Defra, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the House of Lords.


You can download a full list of previous winners and runners up here

Sponsored by Pearson College London
Winner: Eleanor Busby (Times Educational Supplement)
Runner-up: Jess Staufenberg (Schools Week)

Sponsored by London Grid for Learning
Winner: Christine Alsford (ITV Meridian)
Runner-up: Adi Bloom (Times Educational Supplement)

Winner: Julia Belgutay (Times Educational Supplement)
Runner-up: Alix Robertson (Schools Week)

Sponsored by IDP Education (UK) Ltd
Winner: Holly Else (Times Higher Education)
Runner-up: Christine Alsford (ITV Meridian)

Sponsored by Education Cubed
Winner: Helen Ward (Times Educational Supplement)
Runner-up: Julia Belgutay (Times Educational Supplement)

Sponsored by Kingston University
Winner: Mark Leach (Wonkhe)
Runner-up: Jon Severs (Times Educational Supplement)

Winner: Henry Hepburn (TES Global/TESS)
Runner-up: Christine Alsford (ITV Meridian)

Sponsored by Loughborough University
Winner: William Stewart (Times Educational Supplement)
Runner-up: Helen Ward (Times Educational Supplement)

Sponsored by CIPR Education & Skills Group
Winner: Christine Alsford (ITV Meridian)

View the full list of previous winners and runners up here