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October 18, 2010

ICE chairman awarded top university prize for second year running

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John Mair, chairman of the Institute of Communication Ethics and Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Coventry University, has just won, for the second year running, the university’s most important prize: the Cecil Angel Cup. The award is made to staff or students, either individually or on a group basis, for their significant contribution to the development and/or well being of the university and the wider community, and/or significant enhancement of the reputation of the institution.

Mair won last year with a group for taking part in a very successful student exchange to ZUMC in China. This year he won individually for the Coventry Conversations which he invented .The citation says: ‘It was the panel’s view that your work in respect of the Coventry Conversations series had made a significant contribution to enhancing the reputation of the university and to the student experience, enabling students to engage and learn from successful individuals from within the media and journalism industry.’

The conversations were established around five years ago and since then almost 300 media movers and shakers have come to Coventry to converse. They include the BBC Director General, many famous on screen presenters, Oscar and Bafta winners, distinguished professors such as Richard Lance Keeble, of the University of Lincoln, and some Coventry alumni who have made a success of their careers.

Week after week in term time, household media names appear at the Ellen Terry building in the city centre. Audiences range from 20 to 300 and include a significant number of local people from Coventry. Thousands also download the conversation podcasts ( date, 600,000-plus worldwide have and the conversations have been top of the itunes U Humanities chart.

One estimate puts the free advertising value of the conversations to Coventry University at £1million plus sterling per year. Fifty conversations each year are staged on an annual budget of £2000!

Next year’s Coventry Conversations are already being cast and they include Andy Kershaw, the radio presenter, and Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Identity series of feature films.

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