Sophia Grene

  • Studentship: Birkbeck, University of London, 2002-03

I became a financial journalist by chance after a first degree in English literature. Five years later, I realised I loved the job but found it frustrating not to have a systematic theoretical framework to structure my analysis of the news I was reporting.

The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation studentship was perfect for my situation. I applied, was lucky enough to receive funding for my MSc in Economics, and six years later am extremely happy as a reporter at the Financial Times.

Although some might think the rigorously mathematical qualification I gained is wasted on a reporter, I find it informs my reporting to great extent as well as improving my contact with sources, who treat me with much greater respect and confidence on discovering I can ask cogent questions on the most technical of subjects.

I am extremely grateful to the foundation for its support at a crucial moment in my career, and proud to be associated with such an impressive woman as Marjorie.