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Delighted to announce that I have accepted the post of Principal Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, where I will be leading the project to develop a new capabilities framework for use by public relations practitioners, professional bodies and academics around the world. This part of my post is supported by the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management (GA) and I’m thrilled to be working again with the redoubtable Anne Gregory , Professor of Corporate Communications at Huddersfield.

I will also be pursuing my own research projects, papers and books proposals.

I leave Charles Sturt University on February 25, to allow time for packing and starting the complex process of moving residences and possessions around the planet, before taking up the new position on March 21.

It’s been a wonderful four and a half years in Australia, working with a creative and engaging group of communication educators, who have become good friends. I’ve also learned how to manage doctoral supervision in an online programme and seen two students collect their doctorates – with more to follow. Thanks to a CSU Research Fellowship I was able to complete my book on PR professionalism and ethics, an achievement which I will be building on in the new role.

It really is rather marvellous to be offered a job that brings together so many strands of previous work – including research into PR education for the CIPR – and creates a space in which it may be possible (particularly with Anne in the picture) to make a real difference.

So, homeward bound.

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In the final stages of sorting new 2 year appointment as Senior Lecturer in PR at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW (http://www.csu.edu.au/). Due to start in November 2011, with particular goal of increasing research outputs of self and team. Already know and like Dr Peter Simmons, who runs the PR section, and have just met his warm and welcoming wife Bernie and loads of wonderful women in Australian/NZ PR education – made strong connections with Barbara Walsh and Kay Weaver – I already know Christine Daymon and re-connected with Judy Motion in Australia, plus  Margolit Toledano and her lovely husband David Mckie in NZ, so feel sure of good antipodean welcome.

Looking forward to teaching again – probably first year UG module/course, plus DBA and PhD supervision – a lot of online teaching, which will be a new experience.

Great deal to sort out logistically, renting out my home in Leeds, then finding and furnishing a home in Bathurst, plus tax, pensions etc. May start a new blog about the ups and downs of the trip or use this one as base? Whole thing is a massive adventure, unexpected and deeply exciting.

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