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University of Worcester's Journalism Course in Top 20

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The Journalism course at the University of Worcester is hitting new highs after being ranked as the 14th best in the country, based on student satisfaction ratings.

The course, now in its eighth year - and only its sixth year for Single Honours, has steadily worked its way up the UK rankings.

Of the 58 universities offering journalism, Worcester is now amongst the elite group, with an overall satisfaction rating of 91 per cent in the National Student Survey. The quality of teaching, a key indicator, showed an 88 per cent satisfaction rating with 95 per cent of the graduating students saying staff were good at explaining things.

The learning resources, receiving academic support and clarity of assessment criteria all gained extremely high grades.

The BA Honours course, which has specialist strands in broadcast, print or magazine, sports, politics and photographs, also boasts a high rate of employment after graduation.

The success rating coincides with other key performance indicators, with students scooping key awards at the Birmingham Press Club’s Midlands Media Awards, including the politics section and overall winner.

The winner, Worcester graduate Conor Rees, then went on to develop his winning magazine concept into an entrepreneurial media project with a launch late last year.

The course also boasts a high rate of employment after graduation, helped through its industry links via a partnership with the BBC and accreditation with the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

A high number of students also go into print based work and working with communications and social media management.

Claire Wolfe, Head of Journalism, said: “We are delighted that all the hard work and investments in the area have been paying off. Our students are incredibly well motivated and have the expertise of some outstanding staff to support them during their three years here.

“We have experts from every sector of the media industry, many of them still working in journalism, and this all helps to give our students a first class education.”

Graduate Justyn Surrall, who went on to work at the BBC, said: “I would certainly recommend the University of Worcester to anyone considering studying journalism.

“They are so well equipped to prepare student for the workplace, and the lecturers’ hands-on industry experience helps to create a really positive learning environment, in which students are encouraged to push themselves and get their work out there.”