Ms. Connie St Louis is the lady who got Sir Tim Hunt the sack for allegedly making “sexist” remarks to a number of female scientists. Many have gone onto challenge her on the basis of Hunt was being self deprecating and more importantly Ms St Louis’ CV appears to be a little exaggerated.
Here is your chance to look at the raw data, first is her LinkedIn Profile.
Connie St Louis
Director of MA in Science Journalism City University London
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Director of MA in Science Journalism
City University London
September 2001 – Present (13 years 10 months)
President of the ABSW
Association of British Science Writers
March 2012 – Present (3 years 4 months)UK
- 20Copy Editing
- 19News Writing
- 12Science Journalism
- 10Social Media
- 10Online Journalism
- 7Science Communication
- 6New Media
Connie also knows about…
COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)
COPUS – Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science
Science Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation of Results
Master’s in Electronic Publishing @ City University London
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Association of British Science Writers
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Author of A Force…
Partner at Homebrew…
Lucy P. Marcus
CEO, Non-Exec Board…
Association of British Science Writers
Writing and Editing
London, United Kingdom
Name: Connie St Louis
Recent Employment History
December 2001 to present
I was appointed Senior Lecturer to the Department of Journalism July 2010.I was appointed as Programme Director of the MA in Science Journalism in August 2008 after previously being employed as a member of the faculty, teaching on both the international and magazine journalism courses.
I joined City University in July 2003 and worked as a visiting part time lecturer in the Graduate School of Journalism. I taught a0 course entitled Journalism and Society to undergraduate journalism students. I have designed and developed a module entitled Health and Science Journalism for both undergraduates and postgraduate students. I co-taught the print journalism course Writing and
Reporting for the MA in International Journalism. I also teach broadcast journalism to the radio pathway students on the MA international journalism course; this includes voice training, ‘as live’ studio days, feature making, editing, interviewing skills and writing for radio. I supervise a number of MA theses for both print and radio students. The aim of all these courses is to provide an education in journalism and proficiency in journalistic
I planned, organised and conducted an oral history pilot study for the Foundling Museum which involved researching, visiting, videoing, recording and carrying out extensive interviews with the Foundlings. The interviews were then edited to produce full archive oral histories which were then transcribed. A short film and ten minute edited audio ‘sound bite’ were also produced. During the course of the pilot I found interviewing the Foundlings both fascinating and poignant. As they narrated their stories, the cultural significance, historical importance and
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social engagement of the material became apparent. At the end of each interview each Foundling’s pride, emotional exhaustion and relief at having told their story was underscored by a sense of the precarious nature of their history which will be lost when they die. On the strength of these pilot
interviews and my consultancy experience the Museum was awarded a £350,000 grant to continue the project.
I presented and produced a Radio 4 science documentary on pharmacogenetics which was transmitted Sept 2008and repeated last year. This programme was received successful reviews within and outside the BBC as well as an excellent audience approval rating.
I am a regular contributor to ABC News Worldview TV programme.
I presented a landmark series on the Black Middle Classes for Radio 4, which was transmitted in January 2006. These programmes have been heralding as both ground breaking and as ‘an extraordinary contribution’ by the community, academics and the general public and were nominated for a Sony radio award by the then controller of Radio 4.
In May 2005 I was awarded a prestigious Joseph Rowntree Foundation Journalist Fellowship Award to write a series of articles entitled “Raising Ham” how to raise a black son.”
In November 2002 I was invited and subsequently appointed by the Minister responsible for media, sport and culture to be a Board Member of UK Sport (the former UK Sports Council). I was asked to chair and lead the work on drug-free sport in the UK and to chair the communications panel. I was also a member of the audit committee. My term of office ended last year but I continue to serve on the
audit committee as an external member.
I have continued to work for the BBC but as a freelancer presenter and broadcaster, for a wide range of programmes across a variety of BBC radio platforms. Programmes include, Life before birth, Life as an Infant, and Life as a Child, Life as a Teenager, Life as an Adult, Life in the Middle Age, Life in Old age, Life’s End, Pick of the Week, Raising Ham 1 & 2, Sick of Moving, The Learning Curve, Woman’s Hour (features and interviews and drama), ‘Check up’ and Case Notes for Radio 4. World Service output includes The History of World Medicine, Fit for Life, and Health Matters. Columnist on Radio 4’s Home Truths. I was also the presenter of Health Matters Magazine for two years. I have produced and presented hundreds of science and health programmes during my career. My freelance journalism has included writing for a number of outlets including the Independent The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
I am often asked to be freelance trainer for BBC courses, such as production skills, writing for radio, core skills and feature making as well as Producer Guidelines compliance training. Also, one of the small team of trainers for the BBC Community Trainee Scheme over the last ten years.
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January 2000 to December 2001
Presenting, reporting, researching and writing a wide range of programmes across a variety of BBC radio platforms. Programmes include Radio 4’s landmark Life as series which won a prestigious Glaxo/ABSW award and included , Life before birth, Life as an Infant, and Life as a Child, Life as a Teenager, Life as an Adult, Life in Middle Age and Life in Old Age: Woman’s Hour (features and interviews) ‘Check up’ and Case notes for Radio 4. World Service output included The History of World Medicine, Fit for Life, and Health Matters.
January 1998 to June 2000
Special Assistant Editorial Policy & Compliance, I played a major role in responding to, two serious compliance breeches in the BBC. As a result of this I have learnt to analyze, prepare and develop large scale projects to respond to the particular compliance training issues that have arisen. At the end of the series of guideline awareness training workshops, that I organized and co-authored, the evaluation feedback was excellent.
May 1994 to Jan 1998
Executive Producer in the Documentary Features Unit of Topical Features As a executive producer in documentary features, I was required to lead, edit and manage both large and small teams of production staff in order to keep major strands on air whilst maintaining quality and keeping within ever increasing financial restraints. A career highlight was been invited to produce the 1997 Reith
Lectures with Patricia Williams on race. The impact of this project was to cement and underpin my experience as a journalist. This enabled me to deal with many difficult and sensitive issues against a background of intense press scrutiny, which required careful and tactful negotiations.
August 1991 to May 1994
Producer and Senior Producer, BBC Radio Science Unit, Editor, Arts, Science and Features Radio
I was part of a team producing a range of output including Science and Medicine. My first major strand that I managed was called Eureka! And I successfully coerced Bill Gates C.E.O. Microsoft obtaining his first British interview to launch the series. I also went on to develop and edit Radio 4’s first black and Asian magazine programme ‘In Living Colour’. I have produced a range of science programmes that have targeted different platforms and audiences, who range from children and
young people to leading thinkers and policy makers.
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August 1990 to August 1991
I joined the BBC on its highly competitive and prestigious 2 year trainee Network radio reporter/producer, scheme. Courses including, core skills, production skills, then a series of attachment in a wide range of radio and bi-media departments. I was offered a post in the science unit after my first year as a trainee.
Qualification and training
B.Sc. (Hons) Upper Second Class degree in Applied Biology, NERC Research Assistant at Westfield College University of London working on project called “The population of Marine Diatom in continuous culture and natural Populations. Not completed because the time period lapsed because of intensive breast cancer treatment spanning this time.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (since 2000) and a Member of Royal Institution (2009) the Association of British Science Writers (since 1990) and The Radio Academy ((since 1990).
Whilst I was a producer in Science Unit -I attended a number of training courses, drama (2 weeks), TV Production (3 weeks), plus shorter computing, management, leadership, team building and finance courses.
London Business School:-Selected for highly competitive management and executive six week programme sponsored by the BBC and LBS
Research and knowledge transfer
Attraction of financial support from Research Councils and other external bodies
I was part of a successful joint research bid with Newcastle University, Cardiff University, Sunderland University, Sheffield University and University of the West of England to the ESRC to produce a Research Seminar Series entitled ‘Expanding Diversity in the News Industry – Towards Solutions’. City University Seminars was held in January 2011 and was called ‘The barriers to retention ’. I
will be presenting research I have been conducting as well as convening the meeting. This will held in conjunction with the interdisciplinary research Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism.
Conference presentations (national and international)
Involvement in research that has not yet yielded a publication or report
I was awarded in December 2010 the City University interdisciplinary Research Prize for £10,000 of research with two other colleagues on Twitter and Health. I had a paper accepted in ACM journal on “Swine Flu and Twitter: What were the important health web resources that were popular on Twitter at the height of the pandemic?”
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I was invited to Science Online Conference 2010 North Carolina, USA to deliver a paper entitled ‘Can science journalists trust scientists’
I was invited to give a lecture to 300 law students at Columbia Law School on Law, Media and Genetics and ran a subsequent workshop with 50 of them (Jan 2010). This was on the representation of genetics in the media the lecture was extremely well received and feedback from the students in the workshop was excellent.
I organised a research symposium on the Impact of Libel Law in Journalism (with particular reference to science journalism) with the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism in November 2010.It was chaired by Lord Lester QC and involve a target audience of 150 people and the list of invited speaker will range from MP’s, lawyers, campaigners and . A collection of the papers is due to published shortly, in a special edition of the British Journalism Review.
Policy advice based on research
Since 2008 I have been an expert member of the Council of Europe’s Diversity Panel, alongside delegates from France Serbia , Germany and Hungary to name a few. I have travelled to Budapest and Portugal this year to give evidence and advice on how to set up an anti racism campaign for the Council of Europe and the EU and have also consulted on the development of a website and training
materials for all European journalists.
External and professional contribution
Membership of and participation in government or international advisory groups
Gave expert evidence to the government’s Science and the Media Review when and I am actively involved in delivering some of the outcomes in the areas of training.
Engagement with Industry as an advisor
Gave expert evidence to the government’s Science and the Media Review in the first six months of 2010, This involved preparing briefing documents in conjunction with the governments BIS department and attending monthly half-day meeting. I am actively involved in delivering some of the outcomes in the areas of training of national science journalists.
I am expert member of the Council of Europe’s Diversity Panel.
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I am a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the UK’s Association of Journalism Education. I recently acted as a reviewer of 10 academic papers that were submitted to the World Journalism Educators Conference in July 2010. was President of the Association of British Science Writers and was a board member of EUSJA until the UK ABSW left EUSJA. I am now of the European group who are setting up the European Federation of Science Journalists (EFSJ). I’ve been a member of the organising committee for the UK biannual
conference committee and I organised a plenary on multi platform working and chairing a session on peer review journalism in July 2010, 2012 and 2014. I am a Member of RSA and Radio Academy.
I acted as a judge for ABSW Awards in July 2010,2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
I love the bit about the compliance “breeches”. Chortle. More seriously, is there anything checkable that seems to be out of order? The part about the Sony award nomination, for example: a quick Google brought up the 2006 nominations but no mention of any programme that seemed to be the one she mentions. Disclaimer – I may be wrong or have looked at the wrong year.
I’m curious to understand how you can obtain an upper second class Degree that you didn’t finish.
Also she states that she is the President of the ABSW, that’s news to Martin Ince who actually IS the President. Lies, exaggerations and a career at the BBC, says it all really. A real tokens token.
Actually, John, I think you misread the bit about the degree. Easily done, because it’s so badly written. The innocent little comma after the words ‘Applied Biology’ should actually be a fullstop and a new paragraph. What she is actually saying here is that she got a 2:1 in Applied Biology from the University-of-Somewhere.
She then goes on to say a little about her activities as a research assistant, and it is this (rather more thoroughly defined) course that she didn’t complete.
Then we are no wiser as to where this woman gained her B.Sc. (Hons) Upper Second Class degree in Applied Biology. I’m a bit miffed as to how she could possibly gain an “Honours” accreditation if she never completed the course. There is something seriously adrift here and the sooner she declares the truth about this plethora of self aggrandisement the better, especially for those who have studied long and hard to achieve a worthwhile qualification. The whole c.v. is full of nothing more than bullshit and any head-hunter reading it would have consigned it to the waste paper bin within thirty seconds!
I was interested in the ABSW business, so I tried to access their website. Sad to say, it appears to be down. Maybe Connie’s real job there is IT Manager.
Connie St Louis is an embarrassment to humanity. I hope she is expelled from public life.
The major issue here is whether Ms St Louis had an undergraduate degree in Applied Biology and if so what was its class and from where.
The number of universities offering applied biology courses is quite small and her enrollment would appear to be in the mid 1980s. It would be quite easy for a classmate or instructor to come forward.
The fact that she has not immediately issued a statement about this and posted documentation is highly suspicious. But if she does so I for one will be happy to apologize.
The reference to a NERC research assistantship is odd. Does this mean that she was a paid full time research assistant? In that case she should indicate the project supervisor. Or was it connected with a postgraduate course?
There is something odd about cancer treatment that can stop a research project but not soon after (?) recruitment by the BBC.
Worth looking at the early stuff too – I’d put Connie St Louis in her early to mid 50’s which means 1980s.
Westfield College closed in 1989, therefore superficially harder to track down. It was subsumed into Queen Mary’s London as QM & Westfield but disappeared during the 2013 re-branding. So a good college to put in if you don’t want to be tracked down. There was a session on the Guardian Comment Is Free section
in which a long-standing contributor called “Ihatebiasedjournos” who clearly had a personal iron in the fire was dumping liberally – claimed to have never read anything St Louis had written as she was “the opinion former” (!) and selectively ignored other witnesses. So no bias there. The english is as screwed up as the above CV. Sadly much of the discussion has been redacted (and closed!) by the Guardian moderators but if Connie St Louis turns out to have spent time in the forces (a potential shortcut into uni) and has teenage children then the plot thickens…
It now appears that our Connie is a graduate of the University of Hertfordshire (formerly Hatfield Polytechnic). Her present employer, City University was a respectable college of useful learning when it was Northampton Polytechnic. Since it has become a University it has taken on airs, first of all in naming itself City University. It’s not in the City of London but in Finsbury, part of the Socialist Republic of Islington. Nuff said.
She wrote a column in the Guardian about the Tim Hunt affair. The Guardian edited it repeatedly to try to make it readable, and didn’t note that it had been edited – contrary to their usual policy on edits. If you read the original effort, no longer available on the Guardian site, you can see why.
Fortunately thanks to the efforts of the Internet Archive you can read the, appallingly written, original effort at:
Somehow City University believes that the talent that wrote that garbage is a fitting person to be the the Director of their M.A. program in “Science Journalism”. Personally I wouldn’t hire her to teach kindergarten English. However I’m sure that City University students feel that their fees are well spent in remunerating this woman for their education.
It seems our Connie has finally gotten around to “updating” her CV.
The original was such a monumental work of fiction I’d be surprised if it didn’t make this year’s Booker shortlist.
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