The 2016-17 Excellence Diploma Graduation Dinner saw Gareth Price, Senior Planner at JWT win President’s Prize and Olivia Stubbings, Strategy Director at WCRS win the John Bartle Award for Outstanding Body of Work for their contribution to the 2016/17 IPA Excellence Diploma, the highest qualification granted by the IPA.
Price was awarded the 2016/17 President’s Prize by IPA President Sarah Golding for his essay, Thinklong, while Stubbings received the John Bartle Award for an Outstanding Body of Work, including her final essay The Late Radicals.
Both 5,000 word essays received distinctions will be featured in next month’s edition of Campaign, alongside Unleashing Cyborg Creativity by Oliver Feldwick, Head of Strategy at CHI&Partners.
In total, the judges awarded four distinctions, 10 credits and three passes. All the final assignments from this year’s IPA Excellence Diploma are available to download here.
Says Patrick Mills, Director of Membership and Professional Development, IPA; “The Excellence Diploma is the pinnacle of our qualifications programme and has once again produced some brilliant and thought provoking final essays. It is a testament to our delegates that their innovative and insightful essays will continue to help push our industry to new heights.”
Photos from this year's Graduation Dinner can be found here.
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The IPA launched the Excellence Diploma in 2004, under the presidency of Stephen Woodford, to raise the real and perceived professionalism and value of marketing communications. Diploma modules cover: the role of brands, people and brands, brands and channel thinking, brands and creativity, brands and measurement, and brands and leadership. Candidates are given a mentor from their agency for support and to help them put the thinking into practice.