Five Solent graduates were among the Television professionals to take part in the Royal Television Society (RTS) Southern Region’s annual Meet the Professionals event last week.
Over 30 undergraduate students from the Television Production degree joined fellow media students from Bournemouth University and the University of Winchester at the event, during which current students meet and network with a range of professionals working in TV.
This year, organisers sought to include very recent leavers who are already working in the industry and Solent were represented by two 2016 graduates – Kelsey Gallagher and Andy Taylor. Kelsey is a Production Co-Ordinator at Aurora Media Worldwide and Andy an Editor / Edit Assistant with Sunset + Vine. Both are working in companies which focus on sport production, though neither admitted to any particular desire to pursue this particular field while at university.
Both Kelsey and Andy inspired the current undergraduates by recalling that they had attended this event last year as students, and were now there as professionals.
Also participating in the event as professionals were George Gregory (2012 graduate), Senior Creative Producer at Fixers, Alan Ferguson (2009), development producer at Grace Productions, and Tom Levin (2009) Archive and Sales Manager at Newsflare.
All five participated in an opening plenary session during which current students were shown a route into the industry and a progression line through it, using the graduates of different ages as examples.
The subsequent break out session allowed students one to one networking time with all the professionals at the event. Freelancers, as well as representatives from BBC, Meridian, Woodcut Media, That’s Solent and Vice were available for students to meet.
On Friday 3rd March a cohort of second year students studying our ‘Live Sound Techniques’ unit set off to Stroud to visit d&b audiotechnik’s facilities. Students were introduced to some of the components developed by d&b and learned about common design considerations for large-scale electroacoustic systems.
d&b have 35 years’ experience in developing the hardware and software for sound reinforcement systems with a focus on innovation through research and design. They are involved with the design, manufacture and testing of component parts – such as loudspeakers, amplifiers and control systems – as well as education and training.
Student Nashpal commented “It looked like everyone really enjoyed the trip! It was great having an electro acoustics lecture from the perspective of a manufacturer. They were all very friendly and welcoming. I couldn’t recommend it more for any student remotely interested in audio next year!”
Thanks to d&b audiotechnik for hosting us – we’ll certainly stay in touch and hope to return soon!
Part of the Media Technology team descended on Sky’s broadcasting facility in Chilworth yesterday for a technical tour and to discuss how best to prepare the next generation of broadcast engineers. The team explored several areas of the site including acquisition, playout and transmission covering a range of signal formats including baseband, compressed and radio frequency signals. It was fascinating to see the wide range of technologies in common usage, from tape archives, serial control protocols and FTP through to state-of-the-art devices for Internet delivery and remote operations. Sky have been impressed by the knowledge of Media Technology students and are keen to work closely with the course team to provide additional hands-on experience. We’re looking forward to a further trip to their main facility in Osterley as well as working together on future projects.
Staff and students from the School of Media Arts and Technology rose early on Wednesday 1st March to attend the Broadcast Video Expo exhibition at the Excel centre in London. The exhibition showcases engineering and production technologies and includes a major trade show as well as six theatres of seminar talks. There was a wide focus covering lighting, automation, high dynamic range, connected media as well as sound and audio. It was great opportunity for the staff to catch up with several Media Technology graduates who were attending in a professional capacity; the students were able to network with key industry players as well staying up to date with industry trends.
Southampton Solent University is the UK Higher Education partner for the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers. One of the benefits is that each year they sponsor two students from Solent to attend the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.
All current second-year students studying any of the Media Technology titles can apply for these awards. Awards have previously gone to students from both audio and video backgrounds. Only students from our courses are eligible to apply for the two UK awards.
Further details on the application process are available to current students via the Media Technology Facebook Group and Solent Online pages. You’ve nothing to lose by applying so do it!