Graduates from the Media Technology Programme assembled in the Spark on Friday 25th November for their 2016 Alumni Day. Attendees included experienced engineers from a wide range of roles as well those who had only recently graduated. With 22 years of graduates from the programme there was plenty of experience to be shared.
The day started with a welcome from Course Leader, Chris Barlow, who then chaired a discussion around the state of the industry, higher education and how the Media Technology Programme should evolve to continue to best serve graduates and the industry. There was a lively debate and some excellent ideas of how to engage the next generation.
The highlight for current students was a Q&A with the graduates. This was a unique opportunity for them to interact with a wide range of professionals in an informal environment. The graduates were able to provide valuable industry insights and could speak with empathy having experienced the same programme. The undergraduates could expand their professional network and develop their aspirations.
The day ended with drinks in the Spark Atrium where staff, students and graduates continued to network and many business cards were exchanged! Companies represented included: Arqiva, B&K, Christie, Ericsson, Evertz, Finite Solutions, Focusrite, NH Broadcast, Perform Group, Sky, Snell Advanced Media and Vivitek as well as several freelance engineers and consultants.