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MY CV

GARRY W. GIBBS BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE (fe)
E-mail: Bathport1@hotmail.com

An experienced, time-served journalist with a track record in regional newspapers, reporting and sub-editing, as well as academic research.

EDUCATION

2002 - 2003 University of Bath
MSc Science, Culture and Communication
Won a £10,000 Wellcome Trust bursary from the Association of British Science Writers to fund a course giving practical experience in applied research methods, leading to a 10,000-word dissertation on media stereotypes, looking at how journalists are perceived by scientists.
2001 - 2002 University of Wales College, Newport
PGCE PcET
Passed modules, including a TEFL component and a work placement at Coleg Gwent.
1997 - 2000 University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
BSc (Honours) Psychology (2.2)
Conferred Graduate Basis for Registration by the British Psychological Society.
1981 - 1982 South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff
National Council for the Training of Journalists pre-entry journalism
Passed 100 words-per-minute Teeline shorthand, use of language and newspaper law. National Council for the Training of Journalists Proficiency Certificate pass, 1984.
1977 - 1980 Ysgol Friars, Bangor
Three A-levels and 6 O-levels, one in written and spoken Welsh.

WORK EXPERIENCE

1996 Sub-editor on the South Wales Evening Post, Swansea
Designed and edited tabloid pages, corrected written work to tight deadlines.
1989 - 1996 Reporter and sub-editor on the South Wales Argus, Newport
Identified target markets to boost sales and worked as a reporter and sub-editor.
1987 - 1989 Reporter on the Western Daily Press, Bristol
Wrote to daily deadlines based first in Hereford and later at the Bristol head office.
1986 - 1987 Reporter on The Citizen, Gloucester
Court and council reporter working on diary and off-diary stories.
1982 - 1986 Reporter on the North Wales Weekly News, Llandudno Junction
Voted North Wales Young Journalist of the Year in 1983.

SKILLS
 Practical skills picked up in journalism include fast shorthand speed, good typing skills, page design in QuarkXPress and Microsoft Publisher and long experience of disciplined and well-focused interviewing of people from all walks of life.
 Essential personal attributes include an inquiring mind, a healthy scepticism and a genuine desire to explain complex issues.
 Computer skills in Internet academic searching, e-mail communication, basic website design and Powerpoint presentations. I am now able to research and write scientific reports.
COMMUNICATION
 Clear verbal communicator with considerable experience in delivering easily understood messages to people from all backgrounds and cultures.
 A skilled writer with a proven track record of writing reports to tight deadlines. The award won in 1983 was for writing skills as well as for persistence, initiative and determination.
RESEARCH
 Enterprising, dogged and determined when working alone on research projects, with library and archive searching and knowledge of qualitative psychological research.
 Completed applied research methods modules at the University of Bath and was assisted by research scientists at the university.
PLANNING AND ORGANISING
 Managed my time effectively and organised my diary to complete all my journalistic and academic assignments to strict deadlines.
PERSONAL DETAILS
Nationality: British with full passport
Full driving licence and home-owner Marital status: Single
Hobbies: Golf, swimming, walking, cooking, and reading
Have been a member of the British Psychological Society, National Union of Journalists (I was North Wales branch secretary and Father of Chapel at Gloucester Citizen) and the Association of British Science Writers.
Hold certificates in Emergency First Aid, British Red Cross 2001, and Introduction to Counselling Skills – Stage 1, OCN Programme 2002