Student Council postgraduate representatives 2021

The Student Council enables NCTJ students and apprentices from across the UK, to communicate their views on journalism training through their elected student representatives.

Student Council representatives from NCTJ-accredited postgraduate courses will meet remotely on Wednesday, 10 March.

Click here to view the programme.

Find out about each of the postgraduate representatives below.

Kitty Cooper
Liverpool John Moores University
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Kitty is an MA journalism student at Liverpool John Moores University. She has enjoyed studying the purpose of investigative journalism; building her own skills through learning about data analytics and qualitative research. She particularly enjoyed researching misinformation as part of her Journalism in Context module. Kitty also loves writing about travel and food and has a keen interest in producing multimedia journalism. Her past experience includes creating her own travel documentary, writing for The National Student and developing a personal blog. In the future, Kitty would like to combine her love for travelling with a career in journalism, or documentary making.

Sophie Coppenhall
University of Brighton
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Sophie is presently working towards a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Brighton. Inspired by the advocative capabilities of globally-connected contemporary media, she is always searching for new ideas and angles in research that tell stories of connections between people. Having graduated with a BA in art history (First Class Hons) from the University of Sussex in 2019, Sophie’s interest in the arts sector has not diminished. She specialises in film and popular media coverage as a writer but also enjoys political and scientific debate, and has a particular passion for satire.

Alethea Farline
University of Sunderland
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Alethea is a master's journalism student at the University of Sunderland. Her love of journalism developed while contributing to student newspapers, both at the University of East Anglia where she attained a BA in American studies and during her year abroad at the University of Oklahoma. Alongside her studies, Alethea is a radio presenter and producer at Spark Sunderland and is an editor at NewGraduate, an online platform for students and postgraduates. She hopes to progress into video journalism after her master's.

Allegra Goodwin
University of Sheffield
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Allegra is studying for an MA in journalism and the NCTJ diploma at the University of Sheffield. She is particularly interested in writing about Millennial and Generation-Z culture, and aspires to be a feature writer. She also loves travel and hopes for her journalism career to take her to far-flung parts of the world. Her Twitter handle is @goodwinallegra.

Rob Lomas
University of Brighton
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Rob Lomas is an FIA accredited sports journalist who is currently studying for a master’s degree at the University of Brighton. Rob, who also has Aspergers, graduated from Solent University in 2020 with a 2:1 on his BA in sports journalism. His work covering the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has seen him covering races and test sessions on location since 2018. He is also a radio producer for Radio Le Mans, producing the world-feed audio for the Dubai 24 Hours, Bathurst 12 Hours and the circuit commentary for IMSA rounds. Rob also supports Tottenham and enjoys sim-racing.

Eloise Maddocks
The University of Sheffield
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Eloise Maddocks is studying MA journalism at The University of Sheffield. After working in social media marketing, writing copy and designing content for UK restaurants, she decided to take a change in direction. With her particular skills, she is interested in digital journalism, and hopes to find a career in this area. A lover of fashion and passionate about sustainability, you will often find her rooting through a charity shop or upcycling old clothes with her sewing machine. Her twitter handle is @EloiseMaddocks

Nicole McBride
Ulster University
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Nicole McBride is a 29-year-old journalism student from Northern Ireland, studying a combined master’s degree and NCTJ diploma at Ulster University. After ten years living in London where Nicole studied musical theatre at the London College of Music and worked as an actress and presenter, she has since moved back to Northern Ireland to progress in the next stage of her career in Journalism and broadcast journalism. During her time in London, Nicole has worked in many sectors including luxury retail, the luxury property market and prestige car sales. She hopes to bring her wealth of experience and contacts into the field of journalism.

Courtney McLaven
Nottingham Trent University
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Courtney is a postgraduate student on the news journalism course at Nottingham Trent University. After completing the course, she would like to become a reporter for a regional newspaper. Throughout her time on the course so far, she has taken up work experience with the Newark Advertiser and the Gedling Eye where she has had multiple stories published. She is very much looking forward to completing the programme and seeing where her NCTJ diploma will take her within the world of journalism.

Matilda Price
Liverpool John Moores University
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Matilda is an MA sports journalism student at Liverpool John Moores University. In 2020, she graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in French, Spanish and German. Her area of interest is cycling, which she has been writing about since 2017. After completing her NCTJ, she hopes to go into cycling media, and continue using and expanding her language skills. She is interested in studying the social, political and cultural impact of sport, and she is passionate about encouraging diversity and inclusion in sports media. She can usually be found at a bike race - or at least tweeting about one.

Hannah Prydderch
Cardiff University
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Hannah Prydderch is a MA news journalism student at Cardiff University, who desires to pursue opportunities in sports journalism. She is currently the Formula E reporter at Motorsport Week and Motorsport Monday, as well as a writer for InsideF2. Hannah has also co-founded two successful YouTube channels, The Purple Sector and FSeries, promoting female representation in motorsports. Furthermore, she was a semi-finalist in Formula E's talent call for young, up-and-coming presenters last year. Previously graduating with a law degree from Lancaster University, she went on to represent students as the Vice President Union Development of their Students' Union.

Vasilisa Sabaeva
Oxford Brookes University
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Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Vasilisa started her career as a student magazine editor-in-chief and finished her undergraduate studies in public administration at the Graduate School of Management at SPbU. Through her passion for journalism, Vasilisa was able to run more than 50 interviews with leading managers from some of the biggest companies in Europe as well as work for well-known media outlets such as Channel 1 and TASS. In 2019, she was chosen from 3,000 applicants to win a grant to study media literacy in the US. Following her dream, Vasilisa is studying MA journalism at Oxford Brooks University with the hope to become a future media manager and TV host.

Chelsie Sewell
Leeds Trinity University
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Chelsie is an MA journalism student at Leeds Trinity University. After completing her degree in English and creative writing at the same institution, she wanted to pursue a career in journalism. She is working towards her NCTJ diploma alongside her university studies. Chelsie has worked for several regional magazines but is particularly interested in breaking into the world of broadcast. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, travelling, and meeting with friends. Chelsie is also a food writer for the website, FemaleFirst.

Marcus Wratten
Kingston University
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Marcus is in the first year of his part-time NCTJ qualification and journalism master's degree at Kingston University. He is currently the editor of the course's publication, the Kingston Courier, having previously been the features editor. His main passion for journalism lies in features, as he enjoys the opportunity to explore issues of social justice, human rights, local communities, and popular culture in greater depth. Outside of his NCTJ qualification, Marcus works in communications and digital campaigns for a modern slavery charity. His bylines include MyLondon, Happiful Magazine, Attitude Magazine and The Indiependent.

Chloe Wright
Kingston University
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Chloe is a conscientious individual with an interest in media law, sub-editing and reporting. She completed her undergraduate degree in journalism at Kingston University, and is finishing her MA and NCTJ qualification there too. She enjoys covering the arts, mental health and literature, through written and visual forms of reporting. However, she is happy to take on anything thrown her way with a ‘can-do’ attitude. The NCTJ qualification has made her a better journalist in her news sense, sub-editing, and writing of stories, just to mention a few. When she isn’t writing journalism, Chloe enjoys reading and working on her mental and physical health.