Top marks for young journos

University Centre Milton Keynes students celebrate their exam results. Picture by Mary Biswell
University Centre Milton Keynes students celebrate their exam results. Picture by Mary Biswell

JOURNALISM students at University Centre Milton Keynes are jumping for joy after scooping top exam results to maintain the course’s 100 per cent success record.

The two-year foundation degree was launched three years ago in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes College to train students for jobs in the local media.

And this year’s batch of first-year undergraduates have secured the course’s best ever journalism law and shorthand exam results, with six out of 12 bagging an A* in shorthand in another clean sweep of passes.

Charlie Ray and Charles Crook were the star performers – getting the top grade in both law and shorthand – while Cathy Isaacs, Sabrin Jemal, Emma Woolford and Carrie Calzaghe each secured one A*.

Course leader Jon Boyle, who used to work as a reporter at the Citizen, is delighted with the results and admits it rounds off a perfect year for the course.

“The students have all worked incredibly hard and I’m extremely proud of them for them for doing so well,” he said.

“It’s been a great year for us – the students have had the chance to interview MP David Miliband, Olympic badminton medallist Gail Emms, Bafta winning TV sitcom scriptwriter Jon Brown and local radio presenter Luke Ashmead.

“They have produced some brilliant work throughout the year so these results really are the icing on the cake.”

The course also received glowing praise this week following its annual external examination by Tony Randall, who runs the BA (Hons) journalism degree course at the University of Cumbria.

He said: “Once again I saw an energetic and well run course successfully delivering journalism industry skills, knowledge and experience to all its students within a framework of developing critical awareness.

“The continued growth of the course’s working relationships with the local media industries and businesses in the year since my last visit is also to be commended.”

If you are interested in studying for a foundation degree in journalism at UCMK email jon.boyle@mkcollege.ac.uk or apply via UCAS.