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April alumni of the Month

Robert Wheeler - BA Sports Journalism, 2018

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Why did you choose to study at UEL?
The course was a big reason as not many universities offer the course. UEL also have great sports facilities and when I first visited the Campus it felt right. Being in London was also an attraction.

What is your one special memory of your time at UEL?
I remember winning a service to sport award at the 2018 sports awards. I never thought that I would win an award, so it came as quite a surprise. It was one of many great times with my friends at UEL.

What have you done since graduating from UEL?
I have been working as a freelance sports journalist and have moved on to further education and am currently studying for a MSc at Cardiff Met. This summer I am volunteering in Zambia for 6 weeks with Met.

What is your current job role? And what does it involve?
I work as a freelance sports journalist where I mostly cover football. I travel to different grounds doing live updates. I report on Premier League, Football League and Women's Super League.

How did UEL help you get to where you are now?
UEL helped me massively, the course taught me many skills in written, video and social media that I use every day working as a freelancer. The university also helped me make many friends for life.

What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self not to be too hard on yourself because you always go through hard times, but it is about how you pick yourself up from that. You never know what is around the corner.

What advice would you give to UEL current students preparing to graduate?
Don't be too scared of the prospect of graduating. Your friends will always be there for you and make sure you're CV is in good shape. Opportunities will come if you put yourself out there.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know:
I have reported on football matches in each of the top nine divisions of English football. From writing match reports for my local team to sitting in the press-box at a Premier League ground.

If you were to do it all again, would you still choose UEL?
Absolutely. I didn't want to leave. The friendships I made, loved the course and played a lot of sport. Whilst at UEL I also did great internships which included West Ham and BT Sport.