School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies


Mr Ian Tapster

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) History & Politics (University of Lancaster); PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer in Journalism / Principal Lecturer Learning, Teaching and Student Experience
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2185
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


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.  I have worked at the University since 2008. 

Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching reflects the nature of my journalistic background as I co-ordinate 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.  In addition, my PL role includes being the Student Voice, Employability, Outreach and Learning and Teaching lead for the School.  I am also a member of the Faculty Ethics Committee.


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