19th Sep, 2019

Claire makes the headlines with academy fellowship

A UNIVERSITY of Worcester lecturer has been accepted as a Senior Fellow of the prestigious Higher Education Academy, the national body which champions teaching excellence.

Claire Wolfe, Principal Lecturer in Journalism, at the University of Worcester, oversaw the development of a highly successful BA(Hons) Journalism course, which achieved Broadcast Journalism Training Council accreditation.

The course, which also has a strong web and magazine production strand, has helped graduates embark on a range of careers including work on local, regional and national publications, the BBC, Channel 4 and a range of websites and magazines.

The latest official Unistats figures show 100 per cent were in work six months after graduating, with 75 per cent in a professional/managerial position.

Claire started her career as a trainee reporter on local newspapers in Redditch and Bromsgrove launched by Chris Bullivant, publisher of the Observer and Standard newspapers, and became News Editor and Night Editor of the Daily News, Birmingham.

She was also Editor of the Redditch and Bromsgrove Chamber of Commerce Magazine, Briefcase, for a number of years.

The Academy commended Claire for her breadth of engagement with the professional community.

Claire said: “I feel honoured to be accepted as a Senior Fellow of the Academy.

“A hallmark of the course is to help young people develop their talents and to have a range of knowledge and skills that enable them to enter a range of professions including journalism, social media management, PR and communications and copywriting.”

Now an established journalism centre, third year University of Worcester student Kathryn Emerson beat off industry professionals to scoop the Magazine of the Year Award in the Midlands Media Awards in November 2017.

The current MMA student award winner is graduate Conor Rees, who turned entrepreneur to develop his submission into an inspirational magazine called 99 Percent Lifestyle.

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