Kathy Sharpe MCIPR

Sharpe Communications (Freelance Education Copywriter in Leeds) Available for work

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Sharpe Communications offers freelance copywriting and communication consultancy, specialising in further and higher education/skills sectors. We also work with other not-for-profit sectors striving for positive social impact.

Sharpe Communications was founded by me, Kathy Sharpe (BA, MPhil, MCIPR, CIPR Accredited PR Practitioner). I have worked in marketing communications for 20+ years and am passionate about helping organisations making positive social change.

I specialise in education copywriting, awards bids, proofreading, editing, public relations, and crisis / change planning.

Graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2000 with an MPhil research degree, I worked in the PR and Marketing Departments of a range of charity and public-sector organisations from the Federation of British Artists to King's College London.

In past roles, I had responsibility for corporate communications, working alongside Human Resources, Senior Management, and Support Services teams. I promoted the work of individual faculties, business projects, and enterprise start-up companies, most recently leading a communications team in the further education sector.

I have lots of experience in the field of corporate communications (internal and external), change planning, and have written text for annual reports, prospectuses, and promotional brochures, alongside creating copy for smaller publications, social media, and websites. I also delivered seminars at national education conferences such as the Association of Colleges (AoC) annual event and given communications training to marketing teams.

I launched my copywriting business six years ago and now primarily work with clients in the education sector. These include colleges, universities, local and combined authorities, charities, and skills not-for-profits.

Recent projects include prospectus text, editing and proofreading reports, press release writing and distribution, and awards bids for colleges and other institutions, including a PRWeek ‘Decade of Achievement’ Award for Internal Communications, a national Planning Award, and an International Downtown Association (IDA) Excellence Award, collected in Texas, USA, by LeedsBID.

Please get in touch to discuss where I can enhance your existing work.



07929 974 223
  • Brochures and leaflets
  • Content marketing
  • Content strategy
  • Copy-editing
  • Digital and SEO copywriting
  • PR and Journalism
  • Tone of voice
  • Training and Consultancy
  • Charities
  • Education
  • Politics and Society
  • Public sector
Qualifications & Awards
Winner of 'Best Internal Social / Digital Campaign of the Decade' - PRWeek Internal Communications Awards.


BA English / History of Art Degree

MPhil Research Degree - History of Art

CMI Certificate in First Line Management (Level 3) 

CIPR Crisis Communications

Communicating Change

Diversity in the Workplace 

Embedding and Promoting Equality & Diversity in Business Support 

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion e-Learning 

PREVENT / Anti-Radicalisation Workshop 

Safeguarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults


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Planning Awards Bid 2018

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CIM Awards Bid

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Copywriting Training

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