Niall Quinn tells students: ‘Technology allows pundits to give audience a learning experience’

By Max Carlyle

As a player, manager and chairman, to call Niall Quinn a seasoned veteran of the game would be an understatement. Between the start of his playing days at Arsenal in 1983 to his current role as a co-commentator and pundit at Sky, among many others, the former Republic of Ireland international has observed a shift in the landscape of how football is consumed by its audience.

During a talk with students at UCFB Wembley, Quinn had a lot to...

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Sam learns from Formula 1 experts at season finale in Abu Dhabi

The 2018 Formula 1 season had its finale on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, with Lewis Hamilton claiming his 11th victory of the season and wrapping up a comfortable fifth world title. Looking back on a memorable season, we spoke to Sam Dickov, a BA (Hons) International Football Business student at UCFB Etihad Campus, who was at the Grand Prix working on the trophy tour event.

Tell us about the Abu Dhabi GP. How was it?

The whole race weekend was such...

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UCFB alumni come out on top at Independent Higher Education Awards

UCFB was delighted to be recognised at the recent Independent Higher Education Awards in London.

On top of winning the Inspiring Alumni award, which recognised the work of graduate Alexander Brown, UCFB was also nominated in the Exporting Education category following the recently announced partnership with Africa 10.

The event celebrated innovation and best practice across the independent higher education sector, and also featured a talk from former Labour schools minister Lord Adonis.

Alexander is an inspiring alumnus, and a shining example of...

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Student profile: Maria Fernandes, MSc Football Coaching & Analysis

What were the reasons for you choosing UCFB to study your MSc Football Coaching & Analysis degree?

I chose to study my Masters at UCFB because of the employability and enrichment opportunities they provide to support my development, alongside the academic aspect of UCFB life.

How are you finding the programme, and what aspects of it are you particularly keen on?

I am really enjoying the programme, the lecturers are really knowledgeable and I get on well with all the students on my...

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Alumni profile: Jemma Entwistle, Girls’ Regional Talent Club Coach at Blackburn Rovers

During her time as a BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching student at UCFB, Jemma undertook a number of coaching work placements to bolster her CV and knowledge ahead of graduating and following her goal of being full-time coach.

Her time with the Manchester United Foundation, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and the Rochdale AFC foundation academy set Jemma up perfectly for her role now with Blackburn Rovers, and provided invaluable experience as she set up her own company – The Coaching...

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Alumni profile: Ben Friend, Event Manager at The Football Association

Wembley Stadium is a busy place these days, just ask UCFB graduate Ben Friend. If it isn’t England internationals, it’s FA Cup matches. Then there’s the numerous games around the country with the Women’s team and the Under-21 side.

Since graduating from his BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing programme in 2015, Ben has been a valuable asset to The FA, first as an Event Coordinator, and now as an Event Manager. His role and his team sit within the operations...

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Harry Redknapp tells UCFB students: ‘Don’t be afraid’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp gave students an inside look into the world of elite football management during his recent guest speaker talk at UCFB Wembley.

Redknapp is one of the most established and well respected managers in the English game, having also managed clubs including West Ham United, Portsmouth, QPR and Birmingham City.

Having experienced the Champions League, Premier League and Championship as a manager, and coached players including Gareth Bale and Paolo Di Canio, Redknapp is well...

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UCFB students select their Students’ Union Executive Committee

UCFB is delighted to announce the 2018/19 Students’ Union Executive Committee for each of its iconic campuses.

Following a vote among students at UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus, the following students have been elected to their respective roles:

UCFB Wembley

Brandon Morgan – President Jordan Clements – Education Officer Grace Walker – Activities Officer Ollie Morris – Inclusion Officer Sam Draper – Athletic Union Officer

UCFB Etihad Campus

Matthew Gherardi – President Anca-Maria Gherghel – Vice President Leo Healy – Education Officer Eleanor Harris – Activities Officer Nathan Reed – Inclusion Officer


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UCFB holds inaugural alumni networking event at Wembley campus

UCFB launched its first Alumni networking event on Thursday last week, bringing together graduates from around the world to share their experiences of employment and career development.

Held at the UCFB Wembley campus Study Hub, the packed event saw cohort representatives from 2014-18 enjoy an evening which was open to both undergraduate and masters graduates.

Attendees included former Burnley, Wembley and Etihad Campus students, with some travelling from as far as India to be at the event.

The UCFB Alumni Evening included insights...

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Graduate Alexander named as ‘one to watch’ at the Football Black List awards

It has been quite a year for UCFB graduate Alexander Brown. After being part of The Football Association media team that gave fans unprecedented access to the England team at this summer’s memorable World Cup in Russia, he was recently named as ‘one to watch’ at the prestigious Football Black List awards. The awards celebrate African and Caribbean achievement in the British game away from the pitch and those working hard behind the scenes. We caught up with Alexander after the...

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