A highly-respected journalism tutor at City of Wolverhampton College – described as a ‘legend’ by students and colleagues – is finally packing away her notebook and pen and retiring after 21 years at the organisation.
Sue Green, a former journalist, joined the college as a tutor on the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) diploma and trained hundreds of new reporters before first retiring in 2014.
She returned to the college in 2015 when it was chosen to deliver the new BBC Academy digital apprenticeship scheme and, with her colleagues, has put over 100 candidates from across the UK through their paces in the challenging 18-month programme.
Under Sue’s leadership, the college was named as the top further education provider of the NCTJ diploma for three years running – an accolade it has now achieved for nine years in a row – and in 2015 she was awarded an NCTJ chairman’s award for the quality of journalism training she has provided at the college.
Michael Dixon, head of faculty for technical, creative and academic studies at the college, said: “Sue really is a legend, not only at the college but in the wider world of journalism and is much-loved by colleagues and students alike.
“When the college was chosen by the BBC to deliver its digital apprenticeship scheme we were delighted that Sue said she’d come out of retirement to help us for the first year, but she actually stayed for a further five meaning that many more trainees have benefited from her industry knowledge and expertise.
“We’re really sorry to see her leave us, for the second time, but wish her much happiness in her retirement.”
The college – which was named as Training Provider of the Year for its creative arts courses at the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards 2019 – is currently recruiting for the NCTJ course starting later this month – find out more here
Sue is pictured receiving her award from the chairman of the NCTJ in 2015.