6pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Central – Appleton Tower, Lecture theatre 2

Are you interested in a career in Journalism? Come to this event, chaired by our Rector Steve Morrison and get the inside scoop. Our diverse industry panel covering broadcast news, science writing and digital press will talk about the realities of life as a journalist; the kinds of skills and attributes that are required to succeed; and give hints & tips for breaking into the sector. After initial presentations from the BBC, Sky news, Buzzfeed, Bite Sized Bio and Charlotte Street Partners there’ll be the opportunity for further questions.


Nick Oswald survived the storm of a molecular biology PhD, swam through some tranquil waters in a couple of biotech startups then found himself washed up and marooned at the bench with apparently no inspiring exit-routes available.  So he made an escape tunnel of his own. Using his nose as a compass and his love of writing and teaching as the spade he dug deep to create a new career path for himself – a blog called After three years of digging he found himself on a new, sunnier island. Bitesize Bio had become remarkably popular and he was able to make it his full time job.  That was 2010. Nowadays, Bitesize Bio is a remarkably popular website that publishes articles and webinars from hundreds of bioscientists and companies world-wide and is viewed by almost a quarter of a million researchers per month.

Chris Deerin, Partner, Charlotte Street Partners. Chris is former Political Editor of the Daily Record, Executive Editor of Scotland on Sunday and Head of Comment for The Telegraph, In 2014, Chris moved back to Scotland to help found Charlotte Street Partners, a strategic communications company based in Edinburgh and London. He writes a weekly column for the Scottish Daily Mail and was named Columnist of the Year in the 2015 Scottish Press Awards. He also writes for CapX, Management Today and various Fleet Street papers.

Hilary Wardle is the Scotland Editor for viral news and entertainment website BuzzFeed UK; before that she was a subeditor at Standard Issue magazine. She has also written for the Guardian, the Metro, the Daily Record and the Independent in the past. Before moving into journalism she worked for Edinburgh University Students’ Association. She is BuzzFeed’s first Scotland Editor, and her brief is to develop articles with a strong “Scottish voice” on a wide range of topics including viral news, travel, humour, food and drink and politics. She also works with and commissions freelancers.

Susie Forrest is one of the Scotland Bureau Chiefs for BBC Network Newsgathering. She spent 12 years working for the Corporation at its London headquarters, as a producer across daily domestic news output, on Newsnight and at BBC World TV. Susie now works as part of a job-share, running the team that provides coverage of Scottish news stories to a UK-wide audience, as well as producing content for the BBC’s flagship news programmes.

Peter Diapre, Assistant Editor, Sky news spent 20 years in TV news for the BBC and Sky before recently moving into digital production. He’s currently working on videos for mobile and social platforms.