Hilary Stepien

Hilary Stepien

  • 01202 966681
  • hstepien at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Public Relations
  • Weymouth House W420, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Hilary Stepien is a Senior Lecturer in Public Relations in the Communication and Journalism department in the Faculty of Media and Communication. She teaches on a variety of degrees including Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Communications at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Hilary gained professional communication experience in public affairs, issues management and strategic communication while working in Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Transportation for the Government of Ontario in Toronto, Canada.

Health communication, particularly where there is a social dimension, is Hilary's chief area of interest in terms of both teaching and research. For example, she is particularly interested in communication around health conditions that are stigmatised and/or taboo. Hilary is currently enrolled on an Ed D programme at Bournemouth University. Her research focuses on the lived experiences of academics in Higher Education who have ADHD.


Currently registered for a PhD focusing on mental illness and stigma communication in an employment context.


Internet Publications

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Fundamentals of Public Relations, PR Campaigns: Strategy, Social Communications , Public Relations (BACOMM)

External Responsibilities

  • Glasgow Caledonian University, External Examiner (2013-2016)


  • MSc in Public Relations (University of Stirling, 2000)
  • BA Hons in Rhetoric and Professional Writing (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1998)