Bournemouth University PR degree comes of age: BAPR is 21party


Back in 1989 a group of pioneering students signed up for the first PR degree course at Bournemouth University. 

One of three PR undergraduate degree courses starting that year, the qualification marked the start of a new phase in public relations in the UK.

Twenty-one years on, and it’s time to celebrate with graduates and past lecturers invited to attend a party on Thursday 25th March at Bar Rumba in London (partners also welcome).

Anyone who is interested in attending should email: or join the Facebook group: BAPR is 21. 

Updates on the event will also be on Twitter @BAPRis21 to help spread the word to the several thousand BAPR graduates working throughout the PR world and beyond. 

Obviously the team behind the party doesn’t have contact details for all graduates, so if you know of anyone who is proud to be a BAPR graduate, has taught on or supported the course over the years, please let them know.

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.

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