Press Release

19 December 2012

Journalism students at Canterbury Christ Church University have secured an exclusive interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

During the interview for the Diocese of Canterbury’s winter edition of Outlook magazine, Dr Rowan Williams spoke candidly about the highs and lows of the role, his views on education, his concerns for society and what he will miss in the Diocese.

Christ Church students Lianne Carpenter, Jack Cheeseman, Amber Stark and Chloe Wallace secured the exclusive interview, available to view on Youtube, for Outlook magazine.

During the interview, they asked Archbishop Rowan Williams about the challenges and successes he has encountered, how to engage an atheist, the Royal Wedding and what he’ll miss about Canterbury.

Commenting on their ‘university exclusive’, Jack Cheeseman said: “It was a great honour to meet and interview the Archbishop and it was really interesting to hear what he had to say and see a more personal side of him.

“Not many people get the opportunity to have a close-up experience with such a leading public figure so it's definitely something I'll remember. And even though we were a little disorganised when he arrived, the interview itself couldn't have gone better!”

Fellow student Amber Stark said: “I was nervous and somewhat star-struck by the prospect of interviewing the Archbishop - I dreaded saying the wrong thing! But he put me completely at ease and was so natural to talk to. It was a pleasure to interview him and I wish him luck in the future.”

Professor David Bradshaw, Head of the Media, Art and Design Department, added: "We were delighted that the Archbishop specifically asked our multimedia journalism students to undertake this interview, which was the only local interview that he did as his term office neared its end.

“Our students not only carried out an interview for a print publication they also filmed it for broadcast, working to brief and to deadline -- which reflects the multimedia nature of our journalism programme and its vocational orientation. The Archbishop, who has given countless interviews, told me our students had worked like real professionals."

The interview can be viewed on:

To find out more about the interview, you can read the winter edition of Outlook published at


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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