WW2 documentary makes waves at radio awards

Students have earned industry recognition for a moving documentary inspired by the Nazi Occupation of the Channel Islands.

Kelvin Andrews and Chris Steers at the Student Radio Awards
Image: Kelvin Andrews and Chris Steers at the Student Radio Awards

Chris Steers and Kelvin Andrews, both studying BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio at Staffordshire University, won silver in the Best Speech Category at the Student Radio Awards this month.

For five years the Channel Islands became the only part of the British Isles to be Occupied by the Germans during World War 2 and ‘Love, Art and Radio Resistance’ tells the tale of two women who launched a fearless yet silent campaign to undermine the regime.

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Charity single released in memory of teacher

Teenagers at Cheadle Academy Sixth Form College have released a charity single to raise vital funds for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Students recorded the single at Staffordshire University's Cadman Studios
Image: Students recorded the single at Staffordshire University’s Cadman Studios
It’s been a really exciting project to be able to raise the profile of the school choir and offer our expertise and resources to create, record, produce and release the single and video to raise money for a charity which has touched so many people’s lives.
Matt Brindley-Sadler, Associate Dean

The song, which was recorded and produced in Staffordshire University’s state of the art Cadman Studiosis in memory of their former teacher Craig Beverley who received end of life care from the Stoke-on-Trent Hospice.

University staff and students from Music and Sound have helped the choir arrange, record, produce and launch the charity single. Associate professor Marc Estibeiro and Head of Department Luke Scott have also supported the choir at their performances, including University Open Days and the academy’s annual concert, and have been able to offer advice, guidance and mentoring in relation to producing the single.

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Staffordshire University Associate Professor joins World Economic Forum Expert Network

Peter Rudge joins a network of global thought leaders

 Peter Rudge, Associate Professor and Chair of Platform
Image: Peter Rudge, Associate Professor and Chair of Platform

Staffordshire University Associate Professor and Chair of Platform, Peter Rudge, has been invited to join the World Economic Forum (WEF) Expert Network of global thought leaders.

The WEF is not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland which brings together influential leaders from all over the world to help shape global, regional, and industry agendas, and effectuate positive change. 

Members, who are invited through nomination, represent businesses, academic institutions, and government bodies that are among the world’s top innovators, disruptors, and regional champions – and who help their respective economies thrive and contribute to societal prosperity.  Famous members include Sir David Attenborough, Sir Richard Branson,, and UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres.

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Listen Again to Film, TV & Radio Graduate’s Documentary on BBC Radio Stoke

Jaspreet Singh, who graduated with a first on our BA Film, TV & Radio degree in July, has had work completed for a Radio Features module accepted for broadcast by BBC Radio Stoke as two 60 minute documentaries.

The first of which has been released looking at ‘Fandom’, the rise of film and media super-fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia:

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Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Congratulations to all of our students who graduated on Friday!

It was great to see the School of Computing and Digital Technologies out in force for the grand finale of Awards Week 2017. Despite the day starting off a little on the dark side, the sun came out to see lots of our students and staff enjoying the day with family and friends on the beautiful Trentham Estate.

Our Computing graduands were up first in the morning ceremony, where Carol and Kevin Shanahan received the joint award of Honorary Doctor to recognise their work and the thriving local business they set up together – Synectics Solutions.

“Change always equals opportunity for someone,” Kevin told our new graduates. “Major change equals major opportunities, and it’s up to you guys to go and seize them.”

The company employs over 350 people – including two Staffordshire University alumni on the senior leadership team – and has taken many students on placement over the years.

“We’re absolutely delighted that the Class of 2017 are coming to Synectics,” added Carol, explaining that three of this year’s graduates will be joining the company.

staffordshire university awards 2017

Then our Film and Media, Journalism, Games and Visual Effects students took to the stage in the afternoon for what Vice-Chancellor Liz Barnes described as “probably the liveliest ceremony of the week”! Staffordshire-born explorer, photographer and writer Major Levison Wood received his honorary doctorate, and he too had some inspirational words for our graduates:

“This isn’t the end; it’s only the beginning of a new great adventure, which you should be very excited about.”

If you want to relive the moment you crossed the stage, you can view the live streams now on the Awards Ceremonies Facebook page.

Find all the best photos of the day on the Staffordshire University Facebook page.

Now we’re looking forward to doing it all again next year!

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Final Year Film Student Leads Advertising Campaign

Final year Digital Film & Post Production Technology student Giorgia Perini leads the advertising campaign for bag company Jump From Paper with her video ‘Heatwave’.

The project was shot entirely within our new Cadman Studios on College Road, and was part of Giorgia’s work towards her final year project, with the video featuring on the front page of the companies online presence.

Click here to take a look at the video as part of the campaign.