Cardiff University’s David English, pictured left, will step down from his role as newspaper director at the institution’s school of journalism, media and cultural studies this summer.
He will be succeeeded in the role by Michael Hill, who edited the South Wales Echo from 2008-2010 before joining the University of Wales.
David is thought to have trained more journalists than anyone else in the country and under his leadership the Cardiff school has regularly been ranked top for journalism in the Guardian’s university guide.
Prior to his teaching career, David worked on the Belfast Telegraph and The Journal, Newcastle, before taking up a role as public administration tutor at the Thomson Editorial Training Centre in Cardiff.
He is well known among pupils and alumni for his no-nonsense but humourous teaching style and notoriously direct feedback, always written in red ink.
Professor Richard Sambrook, director of the university’s centre for journalism, said: “More British newspaper journalists are thought to have been trained by David English than by any other person.
“It’s a remarkable track record and achievement. One of David’s highest forms of praise is to call someone ‘a real journalist’. David is a journalist’s journalist.
“The vigour and strength of British newspaper journalism is revered across the world and David’s played a key role in upholding and instilling this reputation through all of the students who’ve passed through the School’s doors.
“He’s been an influential presence for many young journalists through what is one of the most formative years of their career and, as such, is held in extremely high regard.”
He said: “Cardiff graduates always leave with a solid grounding in the fundamental principles of print and online journalism and a strong grasp of media ethics and law, but I’m joining the school at a time when it is further developing its offering.
“The news journalism course, as it will now be known, will also give students the opportunity to hone their interests further and study specialist reporting modules in data, sport, politics, business, motoring and lifestyle and consumer journalism.
“It’s a hugely exciting new phase for the School – rightly positioned in league tables as the leading journalism training ground in the UK – and I’m looking forward to welcoming the new intake of students in September and beginning the process of turning them into the next generation of journalists.”