Musselburgh-based Queen Margaret University (QMU) has become the first university in the UK to have been shortlisted for a top public relations award from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

The PR team at QMU headed by manager Lynne Russell and Jonathan Perkins, has beaten off stiff competition from across the country to be named a finalist in a new campaign category for the CIPR Excellence Awards 2015.

The Excellence Awards are the public relations profession’s leading awards. They recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of individuals, teams and consultancies across the UK and overseas.

QMU’s campaign focused on the launch of the first Scottish Centre for Food Development & Innovation at the University in December 2014, how it is enhancing Scotland’s position as a leader in food and drink innovation in Europe and is supporting access to the global market for healthy and functional food.

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