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Review of the NIPSCF Communications Academy and Excellence Awards

My favourite training days are those where you learn something new, you meet someone new, you get a little bit of reassurance about what you’re already doing and some inspiration to try some new things too.  I got all of those things from our second annual Communications Academy and first Excellence in Public Sector Communications Awards on Thursday 21 March. I hope our delegates did too! The NIPSCF Steering Group is truly indebted to our wonderful speakers who gave up their time to come and share their expertise.  They inspired [...]

2019-04-02T19:15:25+00:00 April 2nd, 2019|

The 2019 NIPSCF Public Sector Communications Excellence Awards are open!

The NI Public Sector Communications Forum will this year stage its inaugural awards to celebrate excellence in public sector communications. The NIPSCF was set up in April 2016 and is made up of communications professionals from Northern Ireland Executive departments, local authorities and arms-length bodies. The forum exists to build skills, establish partnerships and support professional communications excellence. We launched the NIPSCF Guide to Modern Public Sector Communications in the same year, which aims to set the highest possible standards for communication staff across public sector organisations. Communications leads signed [...]

2019-02-04T21:03:21+00:00 February 4th, 2019|

Public Sector Marketing Pros Dublin Digital Marketing Summit

The Public Sector Digital Marketing Summit, the first dedicated digital marketing gathering for public sector professionals in Ireland, took place in the Mansion House Dublin on Thursday, 14th June. The summit looked at how the public sector across Ireland is undergoing a digital transformation, with in-house marketing and communication staff embracing social media and digital communications. There was a great range of speakers, from digital organisations like Google and public sector bodies such as Dublin Fire Brigade to journalists and broadcasters. High points included Chris Adamczyk of the Mesa Law [...]

2018-06-18T14:13:52+00:00 June 18th, 2018|

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 [...]

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

Women in PR NI launches in Belfast

Over 50 women gathered for the inaugural Women in PR NI event in Belfast city centre on Thursday 26th April. The women, from all communications disciplines, came together for an evening workshop to identify the barriers they face and to work together to begin to identify solutions. Women in PR NI is a new programme launched by Michelle Canning, Head of PR with the Housing Executive and Sara McCracken, Head of Marketing, Research and Communication with the Controlled Schools Support Council. The not for profit programme aims to ensure there are no barriers to women participating in [...]

2018-05-22T11:30:40+00:00 May 14th, 2018|

Regional Communications Academy to take place in Belfast

The first Regional Communications Academy to be held in Northern Ireland will take place in Belfast on Thursday the 17th of May at the Mount Conference Centre, Belfast. It's part of the GCS Regional Communications Academy Programme, a new series of exciting professional development conferences being held across the UK in 2018. The NIPSCF is delighted to be partnering with GCS on the Belfast event. This all day event is free to attend, though you must book in advance. Lunch will be provided. Book online Delegates will have the [...]

2018-04-24T15:24:32+00:00 April 24th, 2018|

Public sector communications stars shine at the DANI awards

Friday night saw public sector comms teams among those recognised for their achievements in digital communication at the eighth DANI awards, which celebrate the best of Northern Ireland’s digital communications. The award ceremony was held at Belfast's Whitla Hall and compered by Scissor Sisters vocalist Ana Matronic. Since 2011, the DANI Awards have been searching for the best talent and online technologies from individuals and corporations both large and small who push limits and deliver innovation and impact. This year the Probation Board for Northern Ireland won the award for [...]

2018-04-16T16:38:34+00:00 April 16th, 2018|

Sign up to the NIPSCF guide!

After the recent launch of our official guide to modern public sector communications in Northern Ireland, we would now like to ask you to formalise your support for our work and our values. We understand that many of you are working in small teams, with limited budget and resource. That’s why we have developed the NIPSCF guide – to help all NI public sector organisations deliver more to their audiences for less, making the most of what is available and encouraging collaboration with peers across the sector. The guide sets [...]

2018-03-11T18:31:06+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

Launch of the Modern Public Sector Communications Model

Today we launched our official guide to modern public sector communications in Northern Ireland. The event took place in the great Hall at Queens University, Belfast and the speakers included Alex Aiken, Executive Director of UK Government Communications, Chris McNabb, Head of Operations for the Executive Information Service and Roisin McDonagh, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The guide is a living document, shaped by the professional experiences, insights, skills and expertise of communications professionals here. We are asking leaders of our public sector organisations to support [...]

2018-03-21T16:55:34+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

Our guide to NI public sector comms could help transform the sector

Public sector communications is challenging. In Northern Ireland, it is no less so. It’s also changing. Last year, a group of professionals came together to set up the Northern Ireland Public Sector Communications Forum (NIPSCF). We have been supported in this journey by the Cabinet Office and Government Communications Services. We wanted to build a network of well-structured, skilled and unified professionals who communicate effectively, innovatively and speak directly to their audiences through the right channels and in the right ways. We wanted to share and develop best practice, build [...]

2018-03-11T18:02:40+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|