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Mike
Journalism (Cert HE)/NCTJ
2016
Full time

I’m a staff photographer with the County Times newspaper in Welshpool. Getting a job I’ve worked so hard to even get an interview for was amazing.

I looked at several NCTJ journalism courses before I chose Glyndwr, however once I’d been to visit the campus I knew Glyndwr was the right choice, not only because the lecturers and facilities were so impressive, but also the university had a friendly and welcoming feel which I didn’t really find anywhere else to the same extent.

The course format, condensed into a year, was exactly what I needed. I’m a bit older than I was so I didn’t have time to do a full degree over three years, this is basically a two year course shoe-horned into a year so the study is quite intensive, but it suited me fine.

Our in-class theory work gave us many of the technical skills we needed, but we also spent six months on placement with a newspaper in a working newsroom which was invaluable, not only from the point of view of the practical experience we all gained, but as demonstrable working experience which we could put on a CV.

Some areas of the course came very naturally to me and I found them quite straightforward. More intense areas such as media law meant I had to knuckle down a bit and study hard in my own time as well as during lectures, which isn’t always something I’m very good at, but the exams come thick and fast so you always have your next target in sight, which helped.

I owe so much to my lecturers at Glyndwr. The course was brilliant and really sharpened up my news sense and general writing, but more importantly I got a job which I would never in my wildest dreams have even been interviewed for were it not due to the qualifications and work experience I gained at Glyndwr, and the industry contacts of my lecturers.

It was extremely difficult for me to fund my study, due to it being such an intensive year, but taking the leap and going back to full time education was hands down the best thing I’ve ever done, it’s changed my life completely.

The study facilities are excellent and comparable with most other modern universities, but more importantly I always felt our lecturers really cared about us, and as the group sizes were small we got a good deal of personal tuition which you might not have experienced at a larger university. It’s a small campus and everyone is really friendly, I felt instantly at home.

Studying at Glyndwr was without doubt, the best decision I’ve ever made. Thank you to everyone who helped me during my time at Glyndwr. I loved studying there and will always look back on my time in Wrexham with great affection. Thank you!

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