Simon Hardeman

Simon Hardeman BA, NCTJ, FHEA

Simon Hardeman

Simon Hardeman

Senior Lecturer

Department of Literature, Language and Theatre

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Simon is a hugely experienced journalist, broadcaster, and writer. He has features credits in a range of national newspapers, magazines and websites. He created and co-wrote the Beginners' Guide column in The Times. He is a specialist arts journalist, having worked on the arts desk of The Independent for many years, and has edited several magazines.

On television he has been a science journalist for Channel 5 News, a regular panel member on The Wright Stuff, and appeared on Sky News and many other current affairs programmes. On radio he devised and presented the Today's Tomorrow science and technology slot on Talk Radio and then BBC Radio London. He guested regularly on Simon Fanshawe's radio show.

In the digital world he pioneered online radio by co-founding London Unlimited, which became Big Broadband plc. Earlier he developed content for mobile phones, and before that edited a substantial portion of ITV Oracle. He trained as a news journalist with Reed Midland newspapers, and qualified with the NCTJ after gaining a drama degree.

In the creative arts, Simon was for many years a stand-up comedian and improvised comedy performer and workshop leader, experiences that he used for his play Death of a Comedian. He has written comedy for many shows on radio and TV, including Rory Bremner's long-running series and under commission for the BBC. He is also a singer-songwriter. He has written songs for the West End stage. His debut solo album, Tell the Truth, was released in 2009, and his most recent group, Mercury Heart, released Heart Attack in 2015; all the material on both releases was penned by him.

Simon's personal website is at

Simon is Course Leader for the two journalism courses the department offers, Writing Journalism for the Digital Age (level 5) and Digital Journalism in Practice (level 6). He is also course leader for Writing for the Media (level 4), on which he teaches comedy writing.

Previously Simon was Programme Leader for the Journalism degree at Greenwich University.

Simon has an ongoing professional and academic interest in the future of journalism in a post-payment media world, and the problems for media plurality and independence in a low-budget future.

He has a continuing professional practice as a journalist and writer, as well as a musician, composer, and lyricist.

TV and radio appearances as commentator (selected):

  • Sky News Breakfast
  • Channel 5 News
  • The Wright Stuff
  • The Richard Littlejohn Show
  • Late Night Live with Nicky Campbell
  • The Simon Fanshawe Show

TV journalism/presenting (selected):

  • The Wright Stuff (Anglia for ITV)
  • First on Five (Channel 5)
  • Stand Up Live (Live TV)

Radio journalism/presenting (selected):

  • Today's Tomorrow (regular science strand in The Lorraine Kelly Show)
  • Something for the Weekend (Talk Radio)
  • BBC London Radio

Publications/internet (selected):

  • The Independent
  • i
  • The Times & The Times Magazine
  • The Mirror
  • The Guardian
  • Time Out

Hardeman, SJ, with Ackroyd A. (2016). SID - an exciting and interactive in-class, web-based, multi-platform system for live sharing of writing and other responses, designed to enhance and facilitate new forms of feedback, assessment, and student engagement. In SHIFT. Greenwich, January 8.

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