Journalism students at Fife College are celebrating after the college reversed its decision to end its practical journalism course following pressure from the NUJ.
A statement from the college said that students currently enrolled on the HNC would be allowed to enrol for the HND in order to complete the necessary NCTJ qualifications.
Dominic Bascombe, NUJ Scotland organiser said:
“We welcome the decision by Fife College to allow these students and others to enrol on the HND practical journalism course. This is the right decision and will help students as they develop a firm start to their journalism career. We do hope that the course will continue in the future. Amidst all of the changes in our industry it is important that courses like this continue.”
The HND (Higher National Diploma) practical journalism course at Fife College in Kirkcaldy was targeted for closure by college bosses due to falling numbers. However a number of students currently enrolled on the HNC (Higher National Certificate) course were at risk of being unable to progress to the HND thus missing out on gaining the industry recognised NCTJ qualification.
However the college has now agreed to reinstate the course for a further year from 2018 to 2019. It is not clear if it will continue beyond then.
Students had been informed by letter earlier this month that the HND would no longer be offered but have now welcomed the reversal.