UCLan’s Journalism degree recognised as top-performing by NCTJ

Posted on - 13th April, 2022 - 11:30am | Author - | Posted in - Education, Preston News, UCLan
Connor Gracey and Rebecca Thompson, 3rd year BA (Hons) Journalism students in the TV studio. Picture: UCLan

The undergraduate Journalism degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been highlighted as the top-performing undergraduate programme by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).


The course is already ranked number one in England by the Guardian University Guide 2022 and now staff and students are celebrating their latest recognition.

The awards are presented annually and are based on the students’ achievements in the NCTJ’s Diploma in Journalism, an important part of the UCLan course.

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Emma Robinson, accreditation manager at the NCTJ, said: “Congratulations to those centres that have been named as delivering top-performing courses in the 2020-21 academic year.

“Tutors on our accredited courses have again shown determination, adaptability and teamwork as they have continued to navigate the changes and challenges to teaching from home, in centre and through hybrid models.

“Yet again we have seen real dedication from tutors to ensure their students experience unrivalled expertise and training, no matter how the training is delivered.

“Alongside this training, tutors have gone above and beyond to provide pastoral support to students, and their efforts to maintain standards should be celebrated.

“All students should be commended for their achievements and dedication to their journalism training.”

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UCLan’s Steve Greaves Law, course leader for the University’s undergraduate journalism programme said: “Journalism at UCLan really is fantastic, with an incredible team and very talented students. I am immensely proud of all the hard work and dedication put in by both staff and students.

“The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism is a beneficial qualification when graduates are seeking employment with many local and regional news outlets, so we are delighted to receive this recognition.

“At a time when the importance of a free press is being underlined in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, we are proud to be equipping our students with the necessary skills to thrive in a heavily competitive industry.

“UCLan is the oldest, globally recognised, journalism school in the UK and as we approach our 60th anniversary we remain at the forefront of journalism education, preparing our students for careers in a rapidly-changing industry.”

UCLan’s undergraduate journalism programme is accredited by both the NCTJ and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

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