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Journalism PgDip/MA: Who teaches this course

About the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

FASS FacultyThis course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

As a student on this course, you will benefit from a lively study environment, thanks to the wide range of postgraduate courses on offer. The Faculty's combination of academics and practitioners makes it a unique environment in which to further your studies and your career.

The Faculty provides a vibrant and forward-thinking environment for study with:

  • courses designed in collaboration with industry professionals – keeping you up to date with the latest developments;
  • established connections with the London arts and media scene – with a range of guest speakers, professors and lecturers visiting the University; and
  • committed and enthusiastic staff – many of whom are expert practitioners as well as leading academics and researchers.

The Faculty's combination of academics and practitioners makes it a unique environment in which to further your studies and your career.

Where is the Faculty based? Most students are based at the University's Penrhyn Road campus, with our music courses taught at the Kingston Hill campus.

Staff teaching on this course

Our staff

All our tutors are practising journalists with a wide range of experience in newspapers, magazines and online.

Maria Ahmed

Maria Ahmed has more than a decade of news and features experience in web and print. She started as a news reporter on The Big Issue and The Times before becoming deputy news editor for, where she won the RBI's Feature Writer of the Year award, the Howard League for Penal Reform Media award and was shortlisted for the Press Gazette Exclusive of the year. Maria has taught at Kingston University since 2010 and has developed new courses in multimedia journalism.

Mary Braid, Senior lecturer in journalism

Mary Braid is a former Africa correspondent of the Independent newspaper and also worked as an education correspondent, news reporter and feature writer during her 11 years with the paper. She has since freelanced for a plethora of publications from the Guardian to Marie Claire magazine. She received an MA (Hons) in English and Philosophy from Edinburgh University in 1983 and went back to Birkbeck College, University of London, as a mature, part-time student in 2002 to study for her BSc in psychology. She is currently studying for her PhD in media representations of adoption.

Beth Brewster, Head of Department of Journalism & Publishing

Before turning to university teaching more than a decade ago, Beth Brewster was a feature writer and editor, working at the Observer, Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Mirror as well as for publications in the arts and heritage world. Beth says: "The thing that thrills me the most is when I watch students grow in confidence, when I see them geared up with the skills and critical ability to be better journalists. That's a great buzz."

Jan Goodey, Course director/Senior lecturer in journalism

Jan is an acclaimed magazine editor who was part-founder of award-winning, lifestyle magazine The Insight, located on the south coast. He freelances for a number of national publications including Resurgence & Ecologist and The Independent.

Clare Lovell, Senior lecturer in journalism

Clare's career encompasses periods as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Brussels and Lisbon, where she was made bureau chief, and more recent stints as a sports reporter covering Chelsea and the Olympics. In addition to her long tenure at Reuters, Clare has worked as a freelancer for the Observer, the Economist, the New Statesman, and the Times Educational Supplement and currently runs a sports journalism module at Kingston.

Sara McConnell, Senior lecturer in journalism

Sara is an award-winning author and as a journalist in the field of property and personal finance. She has worked chiefly for the Times and Times Online, but also for the London Evening Standard, the Guardian and Channel 4. She has been a freelance writer, author and an editor and has completed her PhD on journalistic identity in local newspapers.

Fiona O'Brien, Course leader and lecturer in journalism

Fiona cut her journalistic teeth as a district reporter on the Kent and Sussex Courier before moving to Reuters as a foreign correspondent, reporting on countries and conflicts across Africa and the Middle East. She spent several years as editor of Gulf States News, and has also worked extensively as consultant editor for the United Nations. Alongside her journalism, Fiona writes fiction and was shortlisted for the Wasafiri News Writing Prize in 2012.

Jennifer Richardson, Lecturer in journalism

Jennifer is a B2B specialist and current features editor at the BMJ, having worked her way up from reporter to editor of C & D, the leading media brand for community pharmacy. She was awarded PPA New Section Editor of the Year and led her team to the shortlist for the Guardian/Private Eye Paul Foot award for investigative journalism and BSME Best Original Feature Idea.

Dan Townend, Associate professor in journalism

Having worked as a news editor at the Daily Mail and Daily Express, Dan Townend knows the very sharp end of tabloid journalism. He was also associate editor of The Sportsman and has worked as a reporter and news editor for two of the country's biggest news agencies. Dan, who runs the journalism department's newspaper, The River, says: "Hard news is the heartbeat of newspapers and a grounding in news reporting is the best training any young journalist can get."

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