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Eileens background is in journalism and PR, and shes a freelance journalist and PR consultant.
She worked as a journalist and sub-editor with the Yorkshire Post and several other regional papers including the Hull Daily Mail and the Lancashire Evening Post.
Eileen is a former editor of Northside magazine, and has also worked in the Netherlands for the English-language magazine, Holland Herald. She has experience of freelance and consultancy public relations, and is an associate member of the CIPR.
She has taught in both further and higher education, and helped establish the PR degree at Huddersfield.
Eileen is the author of a biography of Neil Kinnock (Robert Hale, 1994), and co-author of several regional guidebooks.
She studied at Hull University and the Open University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She holds the National Council for the Training of Journalists proficiency certificate, and the PCET Certificate of Education (Huddersfield University), and has a Master's degree in Professional Development in Higher Education.
Ongoing: Action research project with the Armitt Museum in Ambleside, Cumbria: using media relations and PR strategies in heritage and tourism promotion.
Ongoing: Schools and Public Relations. Developing the action research project with secondary head teachers throughout Yorkshire.
2010 ongoing: Collaborative research into media awareness and media training with the Rathbone charity.
2010 ongoing: GP Practice management and media relationships. A CVF-funded project to examine public relations practice in the NHS.
2008: Research report - A very small coffin, a large meat pie and a watering can: Teaching Creativity (University of Huddersfield Teaching and Learning Fund)
2008: Promoting reputation The Elmet Trust. PR consultant for the 10th anniversary Ted Hughes Festival
2007: Schools and Public Relations. Masters degree dissertation on the relationship between state secondary schools and their publics.
Neil Kinnock: A biography (1994) Robert Hale (London)
Jones, E (2011) ‘Enterprising assessment: how journalism and PR students work with voluntary sector organisations in intermediate and honours level modules’. In: Paper presentations of the 2010 University of Huddersfield Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 34-40.
Jones, E. and Jenkins, C. (2008) Evaluating and showcasing the creative portfolio work of students on the Public Relations & Practice Management module AIC 2501 Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)
Jones, E (2008) Using PR strategies to enhance public relations in state secondary schools Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Eileen is keen to supervise/co-supervise projects at MA level which would contribute to the proposed Centre for Research in Public and Voluntary Sector PR and Communications. Of particular interest are those research students who wish to develop expertise in education media relations management, and work with the departments network of school head teachers and managers.