The Paul McClean Prize for Journalism

Supporting young journalists at LMH

The Paul McClean Prize for Journalism
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The Paul McClean Prize in Journalism

We are hoping to establish the Paul McClean Prize for Journalism in memory of LMH alumnus Paul McClean, who tragically passed away in September 2017.

The prize will be awarded annually to an LMH undergraduate hoping to gain the skills or experience required for a career in journalism. Paul was passionate and hard-working in his career as a reporter for the Financial Times, and generous in offering advice and support to others hoping to follow the same path. This is why a prize in journalism seemed to be a very fitting way for the College to remember Paul.

About Paul McClean

Paul McClean began his studies at LMH in 2011, and graduated with a First in French. He was passionate about and dedicated to journalism from a young age and never let an opportunity pass him by. By the time he graduated from LMH, he had been Deputy Editor of the Cherwell, completed internships with the BBC and the Guardian, and gained a place on the Financial Times’s prestigious graduate trainee programme. Paul flourished at the FT and was posthumously nominated for awards including New Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards (2017), the Wincott Young Financial Journalist of the Year Prize (2017), and Young Journalist of the Year at the National Press Awards (2017). As an indicator of how highly esteemed he was by his colleagues, the FT have renamed their graduate scheme, the Paul McClean Graduate Trainee Programme , in his honour.

About the prize

The initial suggestion to establish a prize at LMH in Paul’s name came from one of his family friends. A group of his friends then undertook the National Three Peaks Challenge in July, seeking sponsorship to climb the three highest mountains in the UK in under 24 hours, and donating the proceeds towards the establishment of the prize. They did a tremendous job, raising over £16,000!

Picture above: the Three Peaks challenge team at the base of Ben Nevis. Before their ascent they had a few moments of silence, followed by a one minute 'silent' hand clap in memory of their friend .

We want to raise £17,000 to endow a prize of £600 per annum, which LMH undergraduates will be able to apply for. The prize will be endowed in perpetuity, as a lasting legacy for Paul at LMH. It will be used for the purpose of advancing the recipient’s journalistic ambitions – for example, it could be used to pay for a course in developing journalistic skills, or to cover the costs of undertaking an internship at a magazine. We know that financial limitations can be a restriction to career development opportunities, and so preference will be given to those without access to other funds.

Students will be asked to make written applications outlining how they will use the prize if they are successful, and the recipient will be chosen by a panel of carefully selected LMH alumni who are working in the field of journalism. We will also give preference to anyone wanting to undertake an internship at the Financial Times, as this was where Paul spent most of his own journalistic career.

If we raise more than our £17,000 target, we will put the additional funds raised towards another project in College in memory of Paul.

We will announce how much we have raised towards this prize, and how much we will be able to offer each year, at a special event in Paul's memory in College on 30 October. A number of prominent journalists will take part in a panel discussion – chaired by LMH Principal, Alan Rusbridger – on working in journalism. LMH students will be invited, and we hope it will be a good chance for them to learn more about the field and the opportunities that are available to them if they are planning a career in journalism.

How you can get involved

This prize will be potentially transformative to a student hoping to start a career in journalism. You can help us reach our target  and secure a lasting legacy for Paul by making a gift today .

Please also share this project with anyone who you think might support us. You can visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to share our messages about this appeal.

If you would like to support the Paul McClean prize, but would prefer to make your gift via another channel, please contact Sarah Jones in the LMH Development Office at or by calling 01865 611087. I will be happy to provide you with a donation form, or set up your gift over the phone.