Friday 8th July, 2016

The Gardiner Richardson Award for Best PR Practical Project at Sunderland Uni

We're pleased and proud to have sponsored this year's PR award at Sunderland University. Matt Forster was at the graduation ceremony at the Stadium of Light to present the award.

Sunderland University PR Award

"Earlier today I attended the University of Sunderland Graduation Ceremonies at the Stadium of Light. The excitement (and relief) was palpable and it transported me back almost a couple of decades to my own graduation. 

"I was there to confer the rather grandly titled Gardiner Richardson Award For Best PR Practical Project on Bethany Whittle - and congratulate our very own Andy Johnson who graduated today. Andy joined us in May after a successful period of work experience which was part of the requirement of his degree.

"I'd met a number of this year's PR graduates at a networking event where I, along with a number of my peers within the communications industry, conducted mock interviews to support the University's hard work in preparing its students for the next step in their careers.

"I was overwhelmed by the high calibre of individuals in the room and we're lucky to have persuaded a couple of the guys (Andy and Chiedza Zvirahwa) to come and work with us.

"It's great to see that talent and hard work recognised and rewarded - well done all of you. It's also massively exciting (and a relief) to see such a strong crop of new young communicators coming through."