Honorary Senior Lecturer

Division: Media, Communication and Performing Arts

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Sally Chalmers (MSc MCIPR CIPR Accredited Practitioner) is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Media, Communication and Performing Arts Division. She is also an affiliate member of the Centre for Applied Social Sciences; an associate member of the Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; and a associate member of the Consumer Dispute Resolution Centre. 

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning

Sally Chalmers MSc MCIPR is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Public Relations at Queen Margaret University. Sally was a member of the academic team at QMU from 2005 to 2019 and acted as course leader for both QMU and professional courses, worked on consultancy projects, was involved in developing programmes of higher education and international collaborations and undertook research into her specialist areas of interest.

Sally taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses specialising in international public relations, internal communication, digital and communication skills and communication in complaint handling and dispute settings. 

Her research has focused on internal communication practitioner competencies, the use of social media in internal communication and delivering stakeholder justice particularly through organizational information provision policies and practices. Sally's consultancy projects were funded by public and private sector organisations in Scotland.  

Prior to joining QMU, Sally gained extensive practitioner experience over a period of some 25 years in internal and external communication and public relations roles in a number of high profile and global organisations as well as working as an independent consultant.  

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Professional Social Media:

  • @Sally_Chalmers on twitter

Sally’s research interests focus on internal communication practitioner competencies, the use of social media in internal communication and delivering stakeholder justice particularly through organisational information provision policies and practices. She has been invited to present papers at a range of internal and external conferences and seminars organised by, for example, Euprera (European Public Relations Education and Research Association), Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Chartered Banker Institute.

 

Research Methods:

  • Content analysis
  • Focus groups
  • Online survey

 

Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

2012-14 - Member of team which developed and delivered a Continuing Professional Development Programme for the Financial Ombudsman Service.

2016 - Member of a team which developed and delivered a pilot for a Continuing Professional Development Programme for the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Sally has led and contributed to programmes and supervised student projects and dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has delivered courses to both academic and professional cohortsSally's teaching covers a range of  subjects including:

  • International public relations
  • Internal communications
  • Communication in dispute settings
  • Communication and digital skills for working in PR