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Neil Leighton

Associate Head of School - Quality & Student Success

I've been working in the media industry for more than 20 years, both as a journalist and a television director. I have produced content for organisations including the BBC and The Sunday Times.


I’ve worked as a journalist for some of Britain’s top media organisations.

I’ve written for national, regional and local newspapers, and produced content for BBC News Online. I’ve also worked as a producer and director on current affairs shows, factual programmes and documentaries, which have been broadcast on BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4.

My career highlights include winning a prestigious Royal Television Society Award for a programme I produced and directed, featuring Homeland star, David Harewood.


  • BA (Hons): English Literature and American Studies, Swansea University, 1996
  • NC, National Certificate, National Council for the Training of Journalists, 2001
  • PGCert: Academic Practice, University of Gloucestershire, 2017


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research


Video production

News writing

Media regulation and compliance


More publications from Neil Leighton can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

External Examiner for BA Journalism at the University of Roehampton