The UCFB Taster Day is exclusively for UCFB applicants and is designed to give you a full understanding of the unrivalled experience that studying at UCFB has to offer.

Please see the below for a list of guest speakers appearing at each of UCFB's taster days. 

Wembley Taster Days

Friday 24th January
BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management - Kevin Green

Kevin has been with The FA for over 11 years in a range of roles, ranging from a Skills Coach, to FA Skills Team Leader, and now a Regional Coach Mentor Officer for London. He has a background in Sport Science and was previously Technical Director for the Middlesex FA Centre of Excellence.

BA (Hons) Football Business and Media - Paul Morrissey

Having gained a BA (Hons) Journalism degree from Southampton Institute (Solent University) in 1999, Paul initially worked for online company bigfanof.com, which specialised in producing personal websites for professional sports people.

After three-and-a-half years, Paul joined Crystal Palace’s media team where he stayed for two years, working predominantly on the club’s website and matchday programme.

In 2004, Paul became Millwall’s Programme Editor and remained in this role until 2006 when he joined QPR’s media team, initially as Editor of the club’s online TV service, QPR World.

During the past 13 years, Paul’s position has evolved and in April 2018 he became the QPR’s Head of Media & Communications.

BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism - Ian Murray

Ian Murray is an award-winning journalist and editor with 40-years’ experience in newsrooms and working within the British media.

He is currently the Executive Director of the Society of Editors (SoE) and in this role heads-up the running of the body that includes some 400 editors as members across the full media landscape.

Ian began his career in journalism in 1979 when he started work as a trainee reporter. At the age of 25 he was considered Britain's youngest editor when at the helm of the Kidderminster Shuttle and Times and Stourport News titles. He later worked on newspapers in Birmingham and Dorset.

Ian's sports journalism experience started as a 'stringer' for regional sports papers in the 80s and culminated in his role as Editor-in-Chief of one of the last regional Saturday sports papers: The Pink. He was one of the first editors to insist sport was represented at the daily news conference, recognising its growing importance to readers as more than just a back-of-the-book subject.

In 1998 Ian was appointed as Editor of the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton and was later appointed Editor in Chief of Newsquest’s Hampshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire titles.

BA (Hons) Football Business and Marketing - Matt Hudson

Matt has over 20 years' experience in the sports marketing field, with eighteen of those having been within the professional football environment. Matt's career has seen him work as Media & Marketing Manager for Colchester United at a time where the club has moved stadia, hosted four major concerts and six international fixtures. Under his leadership, the club won the EFL's Family Club of the Year in 2015.

More recently, he has moved to work for London based health and wellness company Thrive Tribe, which looks after the men's weight loss football programme, MAN v FAT and a host of other public health led initiatives.

Matt is also Deputy Media Director for football governing body CONIFA and also carries out freelance work for the FA and the EFL.

BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting – Jonathan Legard

More than 30 years’ experience as a sports broadcaster, reporting and commentating at some of the world’s top sporting events for TV and radio.

These include four Olympic Games, two FIFA World Cups, UEFA European Championship and Champions League, Premier League and the Ryder Cup as well as F1 commentator for BBC TV and BBC Radio 5 Live .

Sports Presenter on BBC News, BBC World and BBC R4 Today programme.

Most recently Facebook Live and TV reporter for the Red Bull Air Race and TV Producer on the DCL (Drone Champions League).

BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance – TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed. 

Wednesday 26th February
BA (Hons) Sports Business and Sports Law - Craig Harris

Ranked as a leading sports law barrister by The Legal 500, Craig has particular expertise in disciplinary and regulatory cases across a wide range of sports, built on fourteen years’ previous experience conducting some of the country’s most serious and high-profile criminal trials. Now focused on the sports law aspect of his practice, Craig is retained counsel to the League Managers Association, representing managers in the Premier League and EFL, and sits as Chair of disciplinary panels for the Football Association, the Football Association of Wales, the Welsh Rugby Union and England Boxing, amongst others. Recent high-profile cases in which he has acted include the Fernando Forestieri alleged racism case, the World Snooker Association match-fixing scandal and an investigation into matters relating to the 2024 Olympic Games on behalf of World Sailing.

BA (Hons) Physical Education - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) International Football Business - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Stadium & Events Management - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

Wednesday 11th March
BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism - Ian Murray

Ian Murray is an award-winning journalist and editor with 40-years’ experience in newsrooms and working within the British media.

He is currently the Executive Director of the Society of Editors (SoE) and in this role heads-up the running of the body that includes some 400 editors as members across the full media landscape.

Ian began his career in journalism in 1979 when he started work as a trainee reporter. At the age of 25 he was considered Britain's youngest editor when at the helm of the Kidderminster Shuttle and Times and Stourport News titles. He later worked on newspapers in Birmingham and Dorset.

Ian's sports journalism experience started as a 'stringer' for regional sports papers in the 80s and culminated in his role as Editor-in-Chief of one of the last regional Saturday sports papers: The Pink. He was one of the first editors to insist sport was represented at the daily news conference, recognising its growing importance to readers as more than just a back-of-the-book subject.

In 1998 Ian was appointed as Editor of the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton and was later appointed Editor in Chief of Newsquest’s Hampshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire titles.

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Media - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting – Jonathan Legard

More than 30 years’ experience as a sports broadcaster, reporting and commentating at some of the world’s top sporting events for TV and radio.

These include four Olympic Games, two FIFA World Cups, UEFA European Championship and Champions League, Premier League and the Ryder Cup as well as F1 commentator for BBC TV and BBC Radio 5 Live .

Sports Presenter on BBC News, BBC World and BBC R4 Today programme.

Most recently Facebook Live and TV reporter for the Red Bull Air Race and TV Producer on the DCL (Drone Champions League).

BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance – TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed. 

Etihad Campus Taster Days

Wednesday 12th February
BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance – Steve Cook

Starting his career at Bradford City, Steve moved on to Burnley FC before returning to the Yorkshire club as Company Accountant.

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing - Ray Qudos

Ray has been in involved in digital sales and marketing for over ten years. Most recently he has been the driving force behind RDX Sports, growing the business from being a UK eBay brand to a global multi-channel sports brand.

The marketing assets Ray has produced have featured on the BBC, ITV, Fox Sports, CNN, Warner Bros and reached a global audience of millions.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Media - Chris Hall

Chris has reported the region's sports news on ITV Granada Reports since 2003. This includes presenting live in studio and in far flung locations such as Las Vegas, Moscow, Athens and Auckland.

He has also made many appearances on the ITV network news, Good Morning Britain and as pitchside reporter for ITV's sports coverage. Chris began his career as a newspaper journalist, working on both news and sport stories for a variety of regional and national media.

He also worked as press officer for Wigan Athletic and acted as the official on-stage host of UEFA's Europa League group stage draw.

Wednesday 11th March
BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Physical Education - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

Wednesday 25th March
BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance – Steve Cook

Starting his career at Bradford City, Steve moved on to Burnley FC before returning to the Yorkshire club as Company Accountant.

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Media - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.

BA (Hons) International Football Business - TBC

A guest speaker for this course is yet to be confirmed.