School of Journalism, Language and Communication

School of Journalism, Language and Communication

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The School of Journalism, Language and Communication offers courses in journalism, modern foreign languages and Area Studies; English Language and Linguistics; Interpreting and Translation; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); English as a Foreign Language; Business English and Intercultural Communication; International Business Communication (IBC).

We are a diverse School with staff and students from all over the world - a great place in which to make international friends and improve intercultural communication skills!

About the School

Our School brings together the vibrant subject areas of journalism, languages and communication. Recognised by industry professionals, our courses deliver a strong emphasis on practical and vocational development which help students maximise their learning potential and provides our graduates with excellent employability skills. Tutors also deliver professional training for industry organisations. Our facilities are second-to-none, including the exciting Media Factory, which contains a modern TV studio, a film production studio, photography and audio studios. Our specialist journalism area in Greenbank building contains a TV studio, radio studios and editing suites.

Our cutting-edge research informs the curriculum and our courses are deigned to equip students with the creativity, knowledge and skills that industry needs.

We’ve been teaching journalism for 50 years – but we’re still leading the way with innovative, industry-accredited courses.

The School is a centre of excellence for teaching and research. With 50 years of experience, we have developed a strong reputation for our course provision and in particular, the quality of our graduates.

Since 1994, the British Sign Language and Deaf Studies team have been at the forefront in teaching, research and training relating to deaf people and those who work with them. In addition to the ground-breaking degrees on offer, UCLan have trained more than 60% of BSL/English interpreters currently registered in the UK through our postgraduate courses.

The Worldwise Learning Centre is an excellent resource providing international experiences to students and is home to the state-of-the-art Brahler Interpreting Suite. Through the Confucius Institute, UCLan works with Beijing International Studies University and Hanban to promote Chinese culture and language. A Korean Institute is in development for 2013.

The School attracts and develops exceptionally talented students and graduates, many of whom are recognised with success at industry awards. Recent examples include: the Guardian student Digital Journalist of the Year 2011, two graduates were in the winning Granada Reports team that won the 2012 Royal Television Society award for innovation in multi-platform coverage of a news story and four of our undergraduates won the prestigious D&AD Student Awards 2012 in the category of Publication Design.

UCLan graduates are working in the national and regional sections of: the BBC and ITV and also at national publications such as: The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Independent and numerous regional publications. Further afield, our graduates are employed at international media organisations such as: BBC World Service, Forbes magazine and Al Jazeera. We also have former students in positions at Sky Sports, Jeremy Kyle, The Royal Institute of Physics and many professional sports clubs across the UK.

As a student within the School, you will have receive a number of international opportunities. Last year, the School sent teams of students to Guangzhou, China and to Nairobi, Kenya to cover local communities and events. BSL and Deaf Studies students have spent time studying at universities in Italy, the Czech Republic, Finland and the US, whilst we regularly host both students and visiting lecturers from Holland, Poland, Austria, Germany and the US as well as many other countries.

This year our student exchange programmes include countries such as the USA, China, Australia and Canada, and new exchange partners have been developed in Hong Kong, Norway, India, Singapore and Qatar. In addition, journalism students have been awarded individual travel awards to complete work experience and projects in Cambodia, China and Costa Rica.

You will also have the opportunity to enhance your learning away from the classroom. We encourage students to utilise our extensive network of overseas partners including more than 20 in China and Japan and spend a year abroad. You can also undertake work placements both in the UK and further afield. All Modern Foreign Language students are encouraged to spend time in a country where the target language is spoken enabling you to develop key communicative skills and cultural competence. BSL and Deaf Studies students are able to take placements in a variety of settings working alongside deaf people and many of these have led to work opportunities after graduation.

Throughout the School, we understand the importance of strong industry links. Our academics are practitioners with many years’ experience in the sector, therefore our professional development courses, workshops and networking events are current, relevant and supported by industry.

Our entrepreneurial graduates and business community can tap into the opportunities offered through our dedicated business incubation centre housed in the Media Factory building. The facility offers a comprehensive programme of support for new and emerging businesses within creative, digital and new media helping turn creative ideas into commercial reality.

We are very proud of our alumni, many of which hold well-regarded positions in organisations such as Sky News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, the BBC and ITV.

Our Worldwise Business Services is dedicated to offering support, training and professional development opportunities to business, organisations and individuals, who are aspiring to enhance their international capabilities through the development of competences in languages and cross-cultural communication.

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Teaching is supported by cutting-edge research - our courses are research-informed and designed to equip stuidents with the creativity, knowledge and skills required to succeed in whatever industry they enter.

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The School of Journalism, Language and Communication
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

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Telephone: +44 (0)1772 891994

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