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Scott Malthouse

Scott Malthouse

BA Journalism 2009

Journalism graduate Scott Malthouse leads PR campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the UK and further afield. Based in Leeds, Scott works as a senior PR Manager for digital agency Stickyeyes.

“My job is incredibly varied. I pitch to new businesses, develop PR strategies and work with the media to create great stories,” he said. “But most importantly to me it means that day in, day out, I get to flex my creative muscles.”

For Scott, the satisfaction of seeing one of his campaigns winning an award was his proudest moment so far.

He said: “Recently one of my campaigns won a prestigious national marketing award for Best Retail/E-commerce campaign at the Drum Search Awards 2017.”

He added: “The job itself is a challenge - often I'm dealing with a lot of brands, large budgets and, of course, tight deadlines - but all this makes it incredibly rewarding.”  

Scott decided to study with the University of Sunderland after he saw its state of the art facilities for journalism students.  

The 29-year-old explained: “I had a few universities on my list, but Sunderland won out after I saw its state of the art facilities for journalism students and seeing that the city is really well geared up for student life.  

“The course itself was excellent, mainly down to the experience of the tutors and the aforementioned facilities. Each and every one of them had great patience and would always go the extra mile to help their students succeed.  

“There were a couple of tutors that really made me even more enthusiastic about the course. Patrick Lavelle, who unfortunately is no longer with us, opened my eyes to investigative journalism - his experience was second to none - a true legend. Alex Lockwood was another real inspiration when it came to magazine and features writing. His raft of knowledge made the course a pleasure.”  

Scott, originally from Leeds, has great memories of his time living in the City.  

“Sunderland is a wonderful place for students and the people are just generally incredibly good-nature. I can't imagine having gone anywhere else for the student experience.”  

His advice to students is to be patient.  

“The job of your dreams probably won't be there right away and you'll have to work hard to get it. Take initiative and get some work experience - find people who work in the industry and network. You need to put yourself out there - your dream job is unlikely to land on you on a silver platter”, he added.  

Talking about his future plans, the Sunderland graduate commented: “I'm working on enhancing the company's offering, training staff and making sure we have the best and brightest team in the UK. Hopefully I can scoop up more awards next year.”

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