Journalism students at Brunel University, London, are preparing to welcome the feminist activist and journalist Julie Bindel as journalist-in-residence this year.
Julie joins the Journalism team as part of a secondment scheme run by the University for people from non-academic organisations.
Describing herself as a political lesbian feminist, Julie is a campaigner on behalf of female victims of violence including domestic violence, working with Justice for Women which she co-founded, and her interests are mainly in lesbian rights, opposition to the sex industry, sex trafficking and feminist law reforms.
A freelance journalist, she produces thought-provoking, sometimes contentious columns, often using her wit to put across discursive points of view.
Brunel's Head of Journalism Sarah Niblock welcomed the appointment: “Julie is a phenomenal journalist who never ceases to bring tough social affairs stories to the forefront of the news agenda. She combines the research acumen of a sociologist with the news sense, policy know-how and editorial rigour of a reporter.
“Our students find her passion for her subject matter infectious, and they can’t wait to work with her,” she added.