21 January, 2008 – University of Bolton joins forces with BBC
The University of Bolton has joined forces with the BBC to celebrate a new partnership aimed at nurturing new talent and developing media skills.
As part of the Connect and Create partnership the University of Bolton has joined with all North of England higher and further education institutions and nearly 30 community organisations.
By working closely with the BBC, the University of Bolton hopes Connect and Create will help equip students with the necessary skills and expertise to develop a potential career in the media.
University of Bolton students are already working closely with the BBC through the BBC Writers Room initiative which helps foster talent by giving professional expert guidance and critique on disciplines such as script writing.
Students from the university’s creative writing, as well as media writing and production courses were recently invited to the launch of the acclaimed recent BBC period drama Cranford.
Connect and Create was launched on Friday 11th January by the BBC’s Chief Operating Officer, Caroline Thomson and the Director of BBC People, Steve Kelly.
Caroline Thomson said: "With a number of key BBC departments moving to media city in Salford in 2011 it is important to connect with audiences across the whole of the North of England.
"We want to ensure student education is closely aligned with industry requirements and that all members of the community have an opportunity to develop media skills."
Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Dr Peter Marsh, attended the launch. He said: "At the University of Bolton we are firmly focused on developing our students for their careers, giving them real world experience so when they graduate they hit the ground running with the skills and experience employers are looking for.
"Bringing BBC departments to the North opens up great career opportunities within creative, media and production; all strong courses here at the University of Bolton.
"We are delighted with our students’ success taking part in schemes such as the BBC Writers Room and we very much look forward to 2011."
All BBC departments to be located in Salford are partnering up with organisations across the North. Together they are developing a series of challenges and projects; providing opportunities to visit the BBC as well as work experience placements.
Open workshops will also be held, looking at issues like writing for television and radio; the BBC archive, rights and editorial judgement.
Source: University of Bolton press release