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Curriculum vitae

Marian Blaikley MA(Oxon), MA(Manchester), DipM, HonRNCM


University of Oxford, BA Hons English Language and Literature

University of Manchester, MA in Novel Writing

Honorary Award

In December 2008 I was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Northern College of Music "in recognition of the many years of excellent service you have given to the RNCM in helping establish and maintain its profile beyond the College."

Professional qualifications

Manchester Metropolitan University: Diploma in Marketing and CIM Diploma


I am a freelance journalist/consultant, specialising in the arts. View my current and recent clients for details of the kind of work I undertake.

Employment history

2005-2008: Academic Marketing Manager, Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

My duties included responsibility for the prospectus and other print, and for all aspects of student recruitment marketing. I combined this part-time jobshare role with launching my freelance career.

2001-2004: Director of Marketing, RNCM

As Director of Marketing I had overall responsibility for communications at the RNCM in its dual functions as conservatoire and arts venue. This included:

  • managing and maintaining press and media relations alongside other strands of the marketing mix
  • commissioning and editing internal and external publications
  • writing key material in the RNCM's main publications
  • having responsibility for website content and design, advertising, photography
  • managing sizeable budgets
  • managing the RNCM Box Office

1988-2001: Press and Publicity Officer, RNCM

My pre-RNCM experience includes:

  • working as a Press Officer in the Manchester Office of the Central Office of Information
  • posts as Information Officer, Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham Trent University) and as Assistant Information Officer, University of Aston in Birmingham
  • time spent as an Oral History Researcher for Derbyshire Museum Service
  • a spell as Information Officer for the Birmingham Brook Advisory Centre
  • a year as Exhibition Script Writer at the Design Centre, London
  • a couple of years as a Copy Editor and Feature Writer for Condé Nast Publications, London
  • work as a freelance writer, being published in such outlets as The Observer Magazine, Times Higher, Times Educational Supplement, Brides & Setting Up Home Magazine, Mother and Baby

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