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January Highlights

A study commissioned by Action on Addiction and carried out by Dr Patricia Conrod, from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, found that mental health therapy could have a positive impact on at-risk teenagers.   January saw the publication of the Association of Graduate Recruiters’ (AGR) winter survey.  The report brought a welcome glimmer of hope for young graduates, predicting a rise of 9% in vacancies and an increase in starting salary, with coverage in The Guardian, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and others.   Some of the illustrious professors from Bath Spa University’s Creative Writing School were featured in the Financial Times Weekend and The Sunday Times.   Research by leadership and talent development experts, Cedar, found that ineffective team working is costing UK businesses, on average, 56 minutes a day – over two working weeks every year. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Penny de Valk discussed positive discrimination on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC London.   The Chartered Institute for Management Accountants (CIMA) capitalised on the Davos spirit of “resilience” by issuing a ‘pulse survey’ of members, which revealed that finance chiefs believe business is too easily knocked off course by short-term economic crises.   At the end of 2012, we worked with cult symphonic rock band The Enid to launch their 13th studio album, Invicta, which has received rave reviews in publications ranging from Bloomberg and to Record Collector and has just earned them 9th place in the top 10 Guardian readers’ poll for 2012 albums.   The Institute of Leadership & Management’s (ILM) New Year poll found that most managers are planning to stay in their jobs this year.   London Art Fair’s 25th edition was a great success, despite the snow.   Worldwide coverage of the Man Booker International Prize list of finalists, announced from the Jaipur Literature Festival   Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), spoke to The Sunday Times about the importance of asking staff about their view of a ‘good society’ and what they feel they can contribute to it.   Professor A C Grayling’s New College of the Humanities announced an impressive line-up of guest speakers for its Law and Philosophy colloquia series.   The paperback of Val McDermid’s latest crime thriller, The Vanishing Point, has just come out in paperback.  Coverage highlights include a major review in the Mail on Sunday and author interviews in the Scottish Sunday Express and Tribune.  

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