Mr Ian Tapster
My academic background is in history and politics. I put the history side to good use after graduating as I worked for several years as a mediaeval archaeologist in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and then as a curator in the Oriental Department at the British Museum. I then found my vocation as a financial journalist, spending five years at the Financial Times, most of them as editor of my section. I also freelanced for The European for three years before setting up and running my own real-time financial information company for 15 years. This company provided hourly reports on major financial markets and the political, international and economic influences behind their movements. Since 2008 I have worked at the university, initially as a Senior Lecturer in Journalism, and currently as Principal Lecturer and Journalism Course Leader.
My teaching reflects the nature of my journalistic background as I deliver units that encompass British politics, foreign affairs and financial issues. I also provide some historical context to journalism’s role in society, as well as taking an in-depth look at the importance of ethics in contemporary journalism. My interest in ethics also extends to membership of the Faculty Ethics Committee.