Julie Freer

Journalism Academic Lead

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Greenbank Building, GR342

+44 (0) 1772 89 4750


Subject Areas: Journalism

Julie is the academic group lead for journalism. Her role involves the management of all the journalism and publishing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance. She is also the School’s Recruitment and Resources lead and a member of the School’s Executive Team.

Julie is research active within the area of journalism, media theory and practice and is a member of the Journalism research group.


Full Profile

Julie's role involves leading the team of journalism and publishing academics. They work with industry accreditation bodies to ensure our students are equipped with all the skills and attributes needed for employment as soon as they graduate.

She is also responsible for curriculum development in the subject area, along with quality assurance standards, the student experience, the assessment process and encouraging research interests among the academic team.

Her connection with UCLan began when she came to Preston for the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ pre-entry programme.

She then went on to the University of Warwick where she graduated with a BA Honours Degree in History and Politics in 1980.

Julie worked as a regional newspaper journalist for 20 years before moving into teaching. She gained a post graduate certificate of education in 2001 from what is now the University of Bolton.

She joined the UCLan teaching staff in 2002 as a senior lecturer in journalism. She had previously taught at the University of Salford as a lecturer in journalism.

She became BA Journalism course leader in 2004, before becoming academic lead in 2009.

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Member of the Association of Journalism Educators.
  • National Council for the Training of Journalists’ proficiency certificate.


A chapter on the UK regional press in Anderson and Ward, 'The Future of Journalism in the Advanced Democracies' (Ashgate, 2007)


BA(Hons) History and Politics from Warwick University.

Postgraduate Certificate of Education,

NCTJ qualified Journalist

Research Interests

The UK Regional Press.

Teaching Activities

Practical Journalism teaching.