The inaugural NCTJ Diploma in Journalism launches at UCFB Wembley this September, so we thought we’d give you an insight into the brilliant award-winning academic team that we have lined up to teach the 20-week, fast-track course.

The NCTJ qualification has launched the careers of world class reporters and is nationally recognised as the kitemark of quality by employers.

Students on the 20-week NCTJ course must produce a varied portfolio of work as part of the programme, which also includes industry standard modules on shorthand, media law and news reporting. UCFB is also the only fast-track course in the country to offer the NCTJ’s broadcasting module. Alternatively, students can choose options in sports journalism or production journalism.

Places are still available on the course. To find out more and to apply, go to our NCTJ Diploma in Journalism page.

Roz McKenzie, Programme Leader


Roz is a former national newspaper journalist and features editor having worked for News UK and National News Press Agency. She taught NCTJ programmes at Lambeth College for ten years, including piloting a journalism apprenticeship scheme with BBC Radio 4, Independent/Evening Standard, Sky Sports News, Daily Telegraph and the regional press, before joining UCFB in June 2016. Roz is an NCTJ board director and trustee, member of the Society of Editors and a judge for the Press Gazette Awards and Regional Press Awards.

Simon Fitzjohn, Sports Journalism Lecturer


Simon is a highly respected former sports reporter. He covered a range of sports while working for Newsquest South London, and also covered London rugby league for a range of national papers, including The Sun and the Mail On Sunday. Moving into teaching, Simon was Head of Journalism at Harlow College, where he won a Pearson Teaching Award, before joining UCFB in June 2016.

Mick Kelly, Broadcast Journalism Lecturer


Mick has 20 years’ experience in factual television. His credits include Associate Producer on The Real Brian Clough for Channel 4, which was voted Broadcast Magazine’s Sports Programme of the Year. He started to teach broadcasting in 2012 when he launched the NCTJ’s broadcast journalism module at Harlow College, before joining UCFB in July 2015.

Angela Rainey, Shorthand & Public Affairs Lecturer


Angela is a qualified journalist, PR professional and lecturer with over 20 years at the very top of the media and communications industry. She has worked at Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press, Bauer Media and Independent News and Media as a senior reporter. Through her PR roles she has worked with international companies and major brands across the world. Angela has lectured at both Northumbria University and Teesside University and is accredited by the NCTJ as a law, shorthand and public affairs examiner. She has won the Trinity Mirror Excellence Award three times as a journalist and also won Most Outstanding Lecturer in both 2013 and 2014, as voted for by her students.

Robin Bailey, Radio Lecturer


Robin has been a journalist and broadcaster for 35 years, progressing from regional newspapers as a news reporter, sub editor and sports editor to local and national radio and then national TV.  He has been broadcasting since 1987 at the BBC and ITV. He also runs Capricorn Media, specialising in media training, communications training and broadcast training for professionals in business and in sport. Robin is currently in his tenth year writing and voicing Premier League Preview for audiences all over the world, and he’s a regular voice on the European Tour Weekly golf programme. He also spends much of each summer working with IMG Media as a reporter on Live@Wimbledon Radio and the Open Championship Highlights programmes.

Neil Silver, Head of Complementary Curriculum, Employability & Media


Neil is an award-winning, NCTJ-trained journalist and educational trainer who has worked for a number of national newspapers before making the move into education and journalism training. He has covered events such as football’s World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea and the Athens Olympic Games, as well as several major domestic sporting events – including being part of the London 2012 press team. Neil still works in the industry part-time as a football reporter for The Sun newspaper.