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PR Week UK, Friday, 30 October 2009 12:00AM

Tributes paid to Kent Police's Liz Dickens, Coventry University in agency hunt.

- Kent Police head of communications Liz Dickens has died of cancer at the age of 55. Public sector PR professionals have paid tribute to Dickens for bringing Kent Police comms into 'a new era'. Dickens started her career as a journalist for the Kent Messenger and then Medway News before moving into PR by heading up the comms team at Medway Council. She also handled comms at the London Fire Brigade.

- Coventry University is seeking a PR agency to handle a brief to help develop the organisation's reputation and enhance the perception of its products, services and support. In particular, the university is seeking to promote new building projects and expansions in overseas locations. The university is seeking to globalise the business, both by widening its international facilities for study and maximising opportunities for inward investment. The contract will start in 2010.

- Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) former director of comms Lucian Hudson has been seconded to act as a senior adviser at Marie Curie Cancer Care. The six-month role follows Hudson's report The Enabling State: Collaborating For Success, which he produced for the FCO.

- Wakefield Council has launched a campaign to highlight its 'clean, green and safe' services. The outdoor campaign will place images of council workers on buses, bus shelters and phone kiosks around the district to promote the message. It will run into November and then be refreshed again in February on billboards. This runs alongside publicity on a local radio station, posters in public buildings, the council's website and internal publicity.

- Kindred has found that more than 80 per cent of people are more likely to use a business if it offers apprenticeships to young people. The research was carried out by YouGov on behalf of Kindred clients the National Apprenticeship Service. Organisations in the public sector saw 31,100 apprentices start last year.

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