First Belfast Comms Academy sets a gold standard

The first ever Belfast Communications Academy, held jointly by the Government Communication Service and the NI Public Sector Comms forum, took place at the Mount Conference Centre in Belfast last Thursday.

We had a great turnout – the 50 spaces sold out in 36 hours and we had a waiting list of more than twenty. Public sector comms professionals from across Northern Ireland came to see a packed agenda featuring Alex Aiken from GCS, Michelle Canning from the Housing Executive, Ann Williamson from DfE, Ella Fallows from Facebook, Peter McBride from Inspire and many other great speakers. Topics ranged from crisis management and strategic campaign planning to women’s experience in the comms workplace and how to develop personal resilience.

Here’s the day in Tweets:

Evaluation forms were completed by over two thirds of the attendees, and:
  • 100% of people thought the event overall was good (12%) or very good (88%)
  • 93% of people thought the event organisation and venue were good or very good
The audience’s favourite sessions were Alex Aiken’s plenary session (93% thought it good/very good), the resilience in work talk by Peter McBride (90% positive response) and the Women in Comms panel discussion (88% positive response). We will use the feedback from the evaluation forms to help make our next event even better.
Top comments from the day included:
  • ‘It was great to meet and network with other comms professionals in person’
  • ‘hearing from colleagues about challenges, experiences and sharing knowledge was really valuable’
  • ‘very well organised event and great opportunity to meet with colleagues. Would be good to locate similar events outside Belfast – Lisburn, Derry, Enniskillen, Omagh etc’
  • ‘excellent day which has reignited my enthusiasm for my work and profession. Very inspiring.
  • brilliant – really energising and inspiring – more more more!’

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2018-05-21T15:34:22+00:00 May 21st, 2018|