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Industry links give students invaluable experience

Jul 11, 2017

MIF opening event

Two key partnerships have kicked off this summer – a clear sign to prospective students that the University is serious about working with the creative and media industries. 

Supporting Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is famous for bringing the world’s best known artists to the city for 16 days of vibrant celebrations of art, music, theatre and more.

The School of Arts and Media (SoAM) has developed a strong relationship with MIF, supporting the Festival’s events and enhancing our students’ artistic, visual and creative skills by working closely with them.

University of Salford students from the School have been given unrivalled access to work alongside their internationally acclaimed production teams and gained invaluable experience. It’s a huge boost to our Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZ) strategy and one we want to continue in the future.

Beth Hewitt, Senior Lecturer in Media Practice and Director of Admissions and Recruitment for the School of Arts and Media is one of the key organisers of the MIF partnership. She said: “Our support of Manchester International Festival provides an excellent opportunity for us to strengthen and develop our links with the creative industries even further. Sitting within the ICZ strategy and agenda, we’ve been able to provide some fantastic experiences for our students across this year’s MIF performances and events, linking directly to employability and career development within the creative and digital industries.

"Students have been working on the production Party Skills for the End of the World as designers, musicians and also they have been producing documentary archive material for MIF2017 across a number of performances and exhibitions. Their footage has been livestreamed by BBC Live and will be shown across the globe over the coming months. It has provided a platform for our students to develop, network and enhance their understanding of the creative industries in the most demanding and professional of environments.” 

The city strikes a pose

University of Salford media and film-making students were at the centre of this year’s ambitious opening event – What Is the City but the People? - which saw Piccadilly Gardens transformed into an outdoor catwalk. The idea was to paint a portrait of the city using 160 ordinary Mancunians, including dog walkers, barristers, paediatricians and protestors. Elena Hamilton, Michael Carr and Samuel J Day produced and co-ordinated the student crews, working closely with Luke Dudley, one of this year’s graduates of BA TV and Radio and now working with MIF2017.

The student team also included Dylan Patel and Jason Neill who were on hand to help capture the amazing displays and livestream the event on the BBC website.

The students have also been working closely with Lion Eyes TV in producing and livestreaming Interdependence, again via BBC Live.

Party Skills and industry experience

Salford students were at the core of the production for the critically-acclaimed show Party Skills for the End of the World, which is being held in the Centenary Building near the old Adelphi building. It’s an immersive show that will teach you how to get by when the end comes and it’s time to celebrate everything that’s made life worth living.

Our students worked alongside two of the UK’s creative giants, Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari of cult theatre collective Shunt using their talents to help create a show that’s full of intrigue and surprises.

Watch the video to hear MIF producer Katie Vine talk about the impact our students had on the show:

If you haven’t been to the show yet there’s still time – it’s on until 16 July. Visit the MIF website for details.

Talent scheme shortlist

Meanwhile, a record number of our students were shortlisted for the Edinburgh TV Festival talent schemes, run by one of the most prestigious media charities in the UK. The aim of the highly coveted training programme is to identify and nurture the next generation of talent from all backgrounds and kick-start their careers in the TV industry.

Campbell Glennie, Talent Schemes Director at the TV Festival, said: “As one of The Network’s founding partners, it’s fantastic to see 15 of the University’s students and alumni shortlisted for our assessment days. This is the highest number of any single institution, and a testament to their drive and industry awareness.

“This is our fourth year of staging the North West assessment day at the MediaCity Campus, and we’re delighted to welcome our chair Tamara Howe, Ewan Vinnicombe (Editor, Blue Peter), Claire Stocks (Head of Interactive, CBBC) and Jackie Myburgh (Controller of Business, BBC Children’s) to be part of the day’s activities and interviews.”

An amazing opportunity

The next stage of the competition has taken place and seven of our shortlisted SoAM students have made it through to the final round – great news against extremely tough competition. One of our interns from the Graduate Internship programme has also been selected to attend the final day’s assessment which is being held in London at BT’s headquarters.

Beth, who is also Director of Nations and Regions Media Conference and works closely with Campbell Glennie told us: “The Network offers an amazing and unique opportunity for our students, and for those selected it undoubtedly gets them one step nearer in their endeavours and ambitions to work within the media industry, once they have graduated this summer.

“It is one of the UK’s most successful and respected television training schemes and it is certainly one I would encourage all determined students looking to work in the industry to apply for each year.”

Look out for more updates.