Ollie Cowan

Graduated BA (Hons) Journalism - 2012

Current Profession Senior Reporter

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“The campus had fantastic facilities even before I graduated in 2012, but I can’t believe how good it is now. It’s got everything and its location is great because it’s in the middle of the countryside but is really close to Liverpool. I have no regrets about going there and would recommend it to anyone.”

It was the fact that many of Edge Hill University’s tutors had years of industry experience that really impressed Ollie Cowan when he was choosing his course. As an aspiring journalist, he wanted to know that his lectures would be based on real-life, rather than just text books.

“I already knew Edge Hill had one of the best media departments in the country,” said Ollie. “Then I discovered that all my tutors came from journalism backgrounds and that made up my mind that I wanted to study there.

“The course was very detailed, you could get a lot of additional qualifications, and it was very hands-on with lots of options, like broadcast journalism. Everything was very professional and there was great interaction with the tutors – you could have a back and forth debate and question them. I was never nervous about approaching them and you were encouraged to have your own views.

“They were there to help you learn – not just to teach.”

And Ollie says this culture of openness and debate, mixed with professional expertise, spread beyond just the media department.

Now working as a journalist, he often returns to Edge Hill to give talks about his experiences. Most recently, he’s been speaking to PR students and is also booked to speak to those working toward degrees in English.

He adds: “The campus had fantastic facilities even before I graduated in 2012, but I can’t believe how good it is now. It’s got everything and its location is great because it’s in the middle of the countryside but is really close to Liverpool. I have no regrets about going there and would recommend it to anyone.”

After graduation, Ollie walked straight in to his first newspaper position.

“Journalism is something that I always wanted to do,” says Ollie. “I did work experience on my local paper, the Southport Champion, when I was 15 and really enjoyed it. I just got the bug and started going back and working for them during my Summer holidays too.

“After graduation, I was offered a role there and now work as a reporter and subeditor. I really enjoy it – it’s a fantastic job.”

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