Sports Journalism Student Shortlisted for Industry Prize

Final year sports journalism student Molly Hudson has been shortlisted for Football Writer of the Year by the Sports Journalists’ Association. Molly, 20, has been encouraged to work freelance during her university studies and spent last summer working on the World Cup for the Independent.

She now writes regularly for The Times and the BBC Sport website and will be covering the Women’s World Cup in France later this year.

Molly said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award, alongside many of the sports journalists that I continue to learn from and admire. The Times have supported me, and believed in me to put me forward for the award, which was an honour in itself, and I could not have built the close relationship I have with them without the help of Staffordshire University, particularly Mitch Pryce and Ian Whittell and the depth of contacts they have from years of experience in the industry.”

“It can be hard to juggle working as a freelancer in such a pressured, and high-paced field, but the lecturers at Staffs have gone out of their way to ensure I can commit time to my uni work as well as my career and maybe even have a bit of free time too!”

Molly’s course leader Mitch Pryce said: “It’s an astonishing achievement for Molly to be recognised at this level. The SJA also have a Young Sports Journalist of the Year category but Molly has leapfrogged a level into the main award. She’s competing against the likes of Henry Winter and Jonathan Liew – genuine heavyweight professional journalists”

“It’s yet another example of Staffordshire sports journalists making a real impact in the industry. Last year our alumni were named Midlands Sports Journalist (Lewis Cox) and Welsh Sports Journalist of the Year (Ben James) so Molly is adding to our legacy. We are all very proud of her.”

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:

Click Here to listen now!

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.

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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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GradEx 2017

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

 

 

Games Design @ Staffs Uni

Check out some of the great international coverage our games courses have had in Indian press recently!

“a unique chance of gaining in-depth insight into the industry”

Click the images to read what our head of Games & Visual Effects Bobbie Fletcher has to say about the exciting games courses on offer here at Staffs University.

“Staffordshire University’s Epic Games Centre is an industry sponsored fully-equipped space comprising the best gaming equipment, resources and the University’s world-class facilities”

Staff And Students Rock Out At Annual Staffs Journalism Party

You might already know that our journalism courses at Staffordshire University are guided by staff who work closely with students in the Multi-Platform Newsroom and in front of the cameras on the TV News Set. You might also know that many of our journalism staff are still active practitioners who you can see reporting on TV, writing for newspapers and using their real-world experience to support students.

But, did you know that we are also home to a band of rock music machines?

If you were one of the hordes of Staffordshire University journalism students, past and present, who found themselves at The Underground in Hanley, you’d have been able to catch the Journalism staff and student band in a rare public appearance.

Playing a selection of favourite songs from across the decades, the band were joined by vocalists including Professor Mick Temple, Pete Leydon, Jo Goodall, Peter Brookes and (as the student football chants attested) “there’s only one” Mitch Pryce.

A fantastic (and loud!) night was had by performers and audience alike, but I wonder if the band are regretting teaching students modern journalistic techniques like how to broadcast live onto platforms such as Facebook Live now?