Student Council undergraduate 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 undergraduate courses will meet remotely on Friday, 12 February.

Click here to view the programme.

Find out about each of the undergraduate representatives below.

Ayomikun Adekaiyero
Ayomikun Adekaiyero
University of Kent
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Ayomikun Adekaiyero is in his third year of the BA journalism course at the University of Kent’s Centre for Journalism. In his time on the course, he has found his niche in entertainment journalism and has enjoyed the use of multimedia in journalism. Alongside his studies, he has been an integral part of the campus’ student media society, KTV Medway, creating videos that reflect student and lecturer life. He has also been working as the social media editor for the award-winning social enterprise, PressPad.

Yamin Arnould
Oxford Brookes University
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A second-year media, journalism and publishing student at Oxford Brookes University, Yasmin, 20, was born in Brazil but has lived in Belgium since the age of 10. Passionate about foreign languages and cultures, Yasmin moved to the UK in 2018 to learn English and then started her degree in 2019. As part of her studies, she has written several articles on environmental disasters, an area of journalism that she is very interested in pursuing.

Fatima Aziz
Fatima Aziz
University of Central Lancashire
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Fatima is currently studying journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and is in her third year of the course. Alongside her studies, she works on student-led projects writing for the university newspaper and magazine, Pulse. As well as this, she uses her cultural links to help find ideas for articles written for a university newsletter, BAME Network. Wanting to voice the stories of those who can’t for themselves is the reason Fatima decided she wanted to go into journalism, and she hopes at the end of the course to continue working with groups that will allow her to this.

Jay Blakeway
Jay Blakeway
Glasgow Caledonian University
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Jay Blakeway is a first-year student of multimedia journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University. He developed an interest in journalism after enjoying subjects at school like English and media studies. A keen football fan, he hopes to one day work in sports reporting, preferably in broadcasting. His work experience includes time with his local newspaper, the Motherwell Times, where he learned the ropes of live match reporting following Motherwell F.C. Jay has thoroughly enjoyed his first few months of university life, despite the current circumstances, and is finding his course very interesting. He looks forward to learning more about what it takes to be a journalist in the 21st century.

Jakub Bobro
Jakub Bobro
Glasgow Caledonian University
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Jakub is a second-year multimedia journalism student at Glasgow Caledonian University, where he is also the head of news at Radio Caley. He has been writing about sports since he was 14, contributing to a number of online publications in Slovak and English. Nowadays, he contributes mostly to VAVEL UK and VAVEL USA. Jakub has been credentialed at a number of events, including the IIHF World Championships, Delray Beach Open, and Slovak Open.

Charles Currie
Charles Currie
Falmouth University
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Charles Currie is a third year BA (Hons) sports journalism student at Falmouth University. During his studies, he found a particular interest in public affairs. On the count night of the 2019 General Election he worked for Sky News. Once graduating he hopes to pursue a career in radio.

Helen Dubber
Helen Dubber
Nottingham Trent University
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Helen is a second-year student studying journalism at Nottingham Trent University. She has chosen to study sport and photojournalism and hopes to pursue a career as an editor for a large news organisation in the future. Her work has been published in several local newspapers and she us currently undergoing an internship as a content writer for WellBe Global Limited. In her spare time, Helen enjoys reading, spending time outdoors and socialising with family and friends. She has a passion for media law and this has been her favourite module of the course so far.

Rachel Gibson
Rachel Gibson
Glasgow Caledonian University
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Rachel is a multimedia journalism student at Glasgow Caledonian University where she also holds the roles of entertainment and technology editor and head of social media at The EDIT and head of music at Radio Caley. She also volunteers as features editor and part of the social media team for Empoword Journalism. Rachel hopes to have a career in magazine journalism and is interested in writing about the entertainment sector, sport and fashion. In her spare time Rachel enjoys running her YouTube channel and blog.

Thomas Godfrey
Oxford Brookes University
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Currently a first-year media, journalism and publishing student at Oxford Brookes University, Thomas is originally from Bournemouth. His first taste of journalism was in Year 9, covering his school’s football and rugby teams and writing website blog posts. Prior to university, Thomas spent time as an intern at Yahoo News and HuffPost UK, as well as learning key marketing and branding skills at The Goat Agency. Thomas is currently an ambassador and writer for the political and media literacy network ShoutOut UK, as well as deputy head of business development at the award-winning Oxford Brookes Racing. For more, go to www.thomasgodfrey.co.uk

Emillia Hawkins
Emillia Hawkins
University of Brighton
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Emillia Hawkins is 18 years old and in her first year of study at the University of Brighton. She is currently studying sports journalism and hopes to make her way into the sports reporting industry one day. The NCTJ diploma is an integral part to the process as it will help her to develop journalistic skills which will offer the best opportunities for a career in journalism and reporting after university studies.

Kane Hunt
Kane Hunt
Leeds Trinity University
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“I’ve taught Kane for the last two years, and always found him a highly engaged and talented student. His work ethic and attention to detail is fantastic – always striving to produce the very best work. He’s passionate about podcasts and radio – and has been part of some of the best work in my radio module I’ve seen for the past few years. He works really well in a group situation, or on his own – and is driven to achieve very high standards. Any organisation would be lucky to have Kane on board.”

- Darren Harper, lecturer of radio and podcasting

Namira Hussain
Namira Hussain
Brunel University
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Namira Hussain, 19, is a Brunel University student, currently studying journalism in her second year.

Whilst studying at university she has a plethora of goals and achievements she aims to achieve - from becoming confident in reporting in front of the camera, to being able to make a positive difference by covering specific stories. This passion and dedication runs through her everyday life.

One of her proudest moments was meeting the inspiring Malala Yousafzai and speaking to her about the struggles faced by young ethnic women. Namira too hopes to create some positivity through her journalism.

Elizabeth Irvine
Elizabeth Irvine
Teesside University
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Originally from the Lake District, Liz is a first year who moved to Middlesbrough to study journalism at Teesside University. She was inspired to go down this career path by her grandad, who was the head of sound at Thames News before it stopped airing. She’s very interested in environmental affairs and is hoping to do a master’s in PR after she graduates and become part of the PR team of environmental organisations or lawyers.

Nikolay Malishev
Nikolay Malishev
University of Essex
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Nikolay Malishev is a second-year student from Latvia currently studying for a BA in multimedia journalism at the University of Essex. As a multimedia student he is trained to perform highly in journalism, broadcasting, filmmaking and to also look for a story whenever he goes. His overwhelming curiosity and dedication are what sets him apart from others and allows him to combine his passion for sport with a love of science and music. His life motto is you cannot ever be perfect but nothing must ever stop you from trying to get as close as you can.

Sorina Mihaila
Sorina Mihaila
University of Sunderland
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Sorina Mihaila is an EU journalism student at the University of Sunderland. She has trained to perform highly in different fields such as fashion journalism, design and production, law and media histories. Her love for journalism is what motivates her to work hard to fulfill her childhood dream. She graduated from high school in 2019 being among the top five best students of the year and was offered an excellence scholarship at university. Sorina is passionate about reading, writing and history and speaks three languages. She took part in history competitions and received an award from the Embassy of Israel in Romania and is currently a beauty editor for the Fashion North website.   

James Noble
James Noble
University of Sunderland
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James is a 22-year-old third-year sports journalism student at the University of Sunderland. He has had a keen interest in watching and playing sport – particularly football – from a young age. In recent years, he has combined this passion with one for writing and reporting, with a career in sports coverage now the goal. Alongside his university work, he covered Northern League Division One club Seaham Red Star from 2018-2020 where he filmed games, conducted interviews and wrote match reports. Since 2019, he has written for The Non-League Paper and been a contributor for Liverpool FC website, The Kopite.   

Hannah Ramsey
Hannah Ramsey
Bournemouth University
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Hannah Ramsey is currently a first-year student, studying BA multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She chose this course for numerous reasons, including the NCTJ accreditation. She hopes to give more people a voice throughout the industry and public affairs, as well as expanding her knowledge of the journalistic influence in society. She aspires to be a print journalist and report of the major news stories across the country and then internationally through newspapers and magazines. Asides from the media industry, Hannah currently does dance, her styles include both ballroom and Latin dance. 

Matt Shaw
Matt Shaw
University of Lincoln
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Matt Shaw is a British journalist, though most of his work focuses on the United States. He's the founder and editor of The Locus, a platform for original U.S. political analysis. As well as writing articles, Matt produces and hosts a U.S politics podcast called Silhouette. He also serves on the advisory board for Naked Politics, where he aims to get more young people involved in the political systems around them. Matt is studying for his NCTJ diploma on the BA journalism course at the University of Lincoln.

Freya Stanger
Freya Stanger
Portsmouth University
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Freya Stanger is a first-year student at Portsmouth University - working for her NCTJ qualification and journalism degree. She aspires to become an investigative journalist, creating documentaries as her career. Alongside her education she is also on the GB Team for Biathle so is regularly training in running and swimming, whilst travelling to different countries for competitions such as the World Championships. To tie her two passions together she writes a sports blog, covering all aspects of sporting.

Leona Stewart
Leona Stewart
Glasgow Caledonian University
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Leona Stewart is a first-year multimedia journalism student at Glasgow Caledonian University. Enjoying subjects such as modern studies and English, Leona’s interest in journalism has blossomed over the years. While hosting a new music show on CamGlen Radio, and pursuing a blog, she is passionate about music alongside politics with a desire to broadcast. At a young age she has created contacts in the music industry with the likes of Jim Gellatly, her interviewing skills and confidence have grown and hopefully will continue to. In these unprecedented times, Leona looks forward to the challenges of the future and understanding what being a 21st century journalist entails.

Sandra Stoica
Sandra Stoica
Bournemouth University
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Sandra is a third-year multimedia journalism student currently studying at Bournemouth University. Coming from Romania six years ago, she has fought her way to university in the hope that it would bring her closer to her dream. Her passion has always been people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their stories. She dreamt of becoming a TV presenter since early years and this is what brought her to choosing this course. In the near future she wishes to become a TV presenter and have her own show where the focus would be on the unheard stories of various people.

Jessica Sykes
Jessica Sykes
University of Gloucestershire
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Jessica is a third-year journalism student at the University of Gloucestershire, specialising in broadcast journalism. Her interest in journalism started as a TodayTix Social Ambassador in London, where she had the opportunity to interview winners on the red carpet at The Stage Debut Awards. Since then, she has progressed her journalism skills through attending university, freelance writing and working towards her NCTJ diploma. Having previously been an ambassador for the journalism department as a subject representative, she is looking forward to taking on a new challenge and meeting other NCTJ representatives from different universities across the UK. 

Phoebe Taylor
Phoebe Taylor
Falmouth University
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Phoebe Taylor is a third-year student at Falmouth University studying for a BA (Hons) in journalism. After undertaking the NCTJ exams in her second year, she found she was really interested in media law and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the judiciary system. Business of magazines was also an exam that she believed was extremely beneficial, and it aided her with the creation of a magazine for a university module. Once Phoebe graduates, she hopes to get a job in the PR and communications sector of journalism.