Student Council Representatives A - G

Christopher Andrews

MA Journalism, University of Ulster

Before moving into journalism Christopher studied Politics at Queens University, Belfast. He completed work experience with BBC Washington during the US presidential election and also worked on his university newsletter.

Andrew wishes to play a role in ensuring fair public debate and raising key issues in the changing political climate of Northern Ireland. 

Elizabeth Ather

BA Journalism, Glasgow Caledonian University

Elizabeth picked her course as it was tailored to journalism rather than general media studies. She is interested in working as a journalist as it offers her the opportunity to get out and meet people, get involved in communities and bring home a story. Elizabeth has a keen interest in broadcast journalism and has found that her course allows her to develop skills across a range of media.

Ashleigh Barbour

MSC Journalism, Robert Gordon University

Following her degree in Corporate Communications, Ashleigh worked at a PR company for three years until she left to commence her postgraduate studies.

She says that journalism seems much more fulfilling than PR and has been able to secure some work experience at The Press and Journal and The Big Issue.

Paul Barnes

MA Multimedia Journalism, Glasgow Caledonian University

Paul currently writes weekly freelance match reports for the Heraldand Evening Times and also a weekly column for STV Sport online. Paul chose his course because of the practical nature across many media formats as well as the excellent facilities and equipment available at the university.

He wants to be a journalist because he is passionate about democratic freedom of expression and has an interest, not just in what is happening in the world, but also in how events impact on people.

Adam Bate

Academic Year Journalism, City of Wolverhampton College

Adam spent eight years in accountancy before studying journalism and also becoming a freelance football journalist. He loves writing about football and is keen to develop his skills, which is why he chose the NCTJ-accredited course. 

Kaya Cansfield

BA Multimedia Journalism, Bournemouth University

Kaya wants to be able to make a difference and educate the public about issues that happen all over the world. She is loving her course, particularly the ability to work with TV and radio.

She recently completed work experience at Splash News and Picture Agency and filmed George Michael going to court.

Stephanie Carter

BA Journalism, Staffordshire University

Stephanie chose her course because she is interested in both news writing and documentary making, and the skills she’s learning are transferrable from one to the other.

While studying she has also gained work experience on her local paper.

Martha De Lacey

Fast-track Newspaper Journalism, Lambeth College

Martha completed a MA in English Literature at Leeds University and then spent over three years as a staff arts and features writer atLondon Lite newspaper. She now wants to be able to work as a news writer for newspapers as well as features writer and is looking to expand her skills. 

She says being a journalist is one of the most thrilling, fascinating and continuously evolving jobs in the world.

James Drakeford

MA Journalism, Staffordshire University 

James completed an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Scriptwriting and then wanted to build on his journalism knowledge with a postgraduate course.

He has always had a strong interest in sport, films, music and news, and journalism gives him the opportunity to write about his passions.

Amy Evans

MA Multimedia Journalism, University of Kent

Amy wants to be a journalist because she loves writing and loves living in a democracy with a free press. She believes journalists make a big difference to people’s lives and without quality news reporting, people would be ignorant to the world around them.

She picked her course because of the NCTJ accreditation and because the course staff are all working, well-established journalists.

Jonathan Gurr

Photojournalism, The Sheffield College, Norton College

Following his degree in 2001, Jonathan travelled extensively and worked for various non-governmental organisations. He wanted to be a photojournalist since getting his first camera and chose the NCTJ course at Sheffield College thanks to its reputation for student employability.