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October 25, 2009

Mair ‘chuffed’ with top Coventry award

Filed under: Uncategorized, Blogroll, ethical space editors blog, Headlines, journalism — news_editor @ 5:04 pm

John Mair, a member of both the Ethical Space editorial board and the executive group of ICE, has been awarded the Cecil Angel Cup, the most prestigious award by Coventry University. The cup is awarded annually to university staff or students for a significant contribution to the development and/or well being of the university and the wider community, and/or significant enhancement of its reputation.

It is to be presented at the graduation ceremony on 23 November 2009 by Vice-Chancellor Madeleine Atkins. John Mair, an associate senior lecturer in journalism and a former TV producer, invented the Coventry Conversations, weekly talks with and by media movers and shakers, four years go when he joined Coventry University.

Since then, there have been more than 160, including six Coventry Cathedral lectures. The cast who have come to Coventry is stellar and has ranged from the Director General of the BBC to famous TV faces to Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award winners. Live audiences have ranged from 20-300 but most of the reputation is garnered on the internet where some conversations on itunesU ( attract up to 2,000 downloads a day. The university podcasts ( also attract hundreds of downloads. Some are also on YouTube where one has been downloaded 7000 times.

Mair said in response to the news of the prize: ‘I am very very chuffed to get this cup. It makes it all worthwhile. The conversations are a triumph because of 30 years of contacts, hard work, dogged determination and because they hit a seam of public curiosity. At times, it has been like pushing water uphill but with sterling support from the highest echelons of the university, I have made it. They will thrive and continue. Thank you to all big and small who have helped them to germinate, gestate and mature. Onwards and upwards.’

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