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Peter Auf der Heyde


Department of Film and Media

Peter Auf der Heyde


Peter is lecturer in sports journalism in the Department of Film and Media.

He is also a member of the University’s academic misconduct panel.

Peter is a qualified journalist and worked as the sports editor of the International Service in English of the German News Agency (dpa) for several years. During this time, he covered several Olympic Games, FIFA World Cups, Rugby World Cups, Asian Games, Asian Cups, eight Masters golf tournaments, as well as 13 consecutive Africa Cup of Nations competitions.

He moved into the higher education sector in 2015. During this time, he has taught a range of modules, both practical and theoretical. He is the Level 2 tutor, responsible for the pastoral care of the second year sports journalism students. He has conceptualised, developed and introduced two modules: Literary Sports Journalism is taught as an option and has been running since first attracting students in 2017; Transferable Journalism has been adapted as a integral part of a core unit. He teaches both modules.

Further information

Peter’s research interests include the politics and sociology of sports, in particular football, as well as human rights and the criminal justice system, with a special focus on the US and Apartheid South Africa. Through his involvement with the University of Johannesburg and the University of Vic, he has attempted to foster trans-national university relationships.

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

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