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TV star back at university for grilling from students

Lorraine Kelly finds herself on the other side of an interview on visit to Edinburgh.

By STV News

Published 04 Mar 2016.

TV star Lorraine Kelly returned to her college stomping ground to help mark the launch of new facilities for journalism students.

She was interviewed by budding journalists at Edinburgh Napier University on Friday as they showed her the new broadcasting suite at the Merchiston campus.

Napier, which has been training journalists since 1964 and was granted university status in 1992, runs broadcast news days throughout the year in which students film, edit and produce TV and radio bulletins in real time.

A digital newsroom was created at Merchiston as part of a wider investment project.

The university is now aiming to raise a further £250,000 to kit out the TV studio and gallery with new cameras, lights, monitors and vision mixers.

A new gallery and production space will also be created in the radio studio, providing the latest technology for students to work with.

It is hoped the new facilities will also be an asset to the wider community.

Ms Kelly trained at the then-Napier College before working her way from local newspaper reporter to popular national broadcaster.

Her daughter Rosie is a fourth year journalism student at Edinburgh Napier.

Ms Kelly was given a tour of the new facilities alongside other guests before being welcomed by university principal, Professor Andrea Nolan, and TV producer Dr Alan Clements, an honorary graduate of Edinburgh Napier and investment campaign board member.

She said: "Things have obviously changed dramatically since I was there in the late 70s, when we still used old fashioned typewriters and there was no mobile phones or internet.

"It's a different world and the students at the university are lucky to have such cutting-edge digital technology."

Dr Diane Maclean, head of journalism at Edinburgh Napier University, said: "We are proud of our record at Edinburgh Napier in supporting and educating the next generation of journalists.

"Our former students can be found in newsrooms, newspapers, TV and radio stations throughout the world, and are known for their skills and talents."