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.
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.”
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.
We recently held our annual graduate exhibition GradEx right here at Staffs, taking over huge areas of the university to bring you the most up-to-date and exciting innovations created by our third year students.
Click Here to find out what The Sentinel had to say about this great day!
Vivian Murray, exhibiting her Games Software Design
Early May saw the return of Staffordshire University’s Noisefloor Festival, a 3 day event dedicated to electronic music and experimental film, showcasing student work produced on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as playing host to pieces by a large number of international artists.
With the recent move of many music and film courses to our Stoke campus this was the first time the new state of the art facilities, such as our brand new Cadman TV Studio, had been used for the event, alongside our Film Theatre for the nights film screenings.
Students were also involved with helping select the line up, with those performing coming from the UK, the US, Cyprus, and Lithuania, amongst many others.
Keep your eyes peeled for more informatoin regarding Noisefloor 2018, and to find out more about Noisefloor 2017 as well as a full list of performers, visit the website by clicking here.
Nearly one hundred film production students from Staffordshire University travelled to Media City in Manchester to get a special behind-the-scenes look at the amazing TV facilities at the BBC & ITV, as well as Dock 10, the biggest TV studio complex in the country, and to speak to those in positions to recruit our graduates.
Film & Media students infront of Media City UK, Manchester
This trip allowed for great experience and insight; already encouraging students to consider their careers and the value of Film/TV work experience, which will help them get that first foot in the door of a highly competitive industry.
Here’s what the students had to say about it:
“a fantastic insight into the industry…”
“lots of valuable informtion to carry into the future”
Members of Keele Women’s Choir came to our Cadman Recording Studios recently to record abstract sounds and music for a new installation piece by Sheffield-based artist Victoria Lucas, which will feature in her exhibit ‘Lay of the Land (and other such myths)’.
Keele Womens Choir, directed by Victoria Lucas
Undergraduate students were given the chance to put into practice skills aquired on our music technology courses in a real world situation, with the help of our skilled technicians.
music students helping record the session
Lucas’s piece which will include this audio will be part of a collection of the artists work being displayed at the Air Space Gallery in Hanley, with the exhibition opening on May 6th and running until June 3rd 2017.
A preview event for the exhibit is scheduled to take place from 6pm to 8pm on May 5th, and you can find out more information by clicking here.