Salford students secure a spot on major TV talent scheme

Date published: August 07, 2017

Salford students secure a spot on major TV talent scheme

Last month we brought you news that seven of our students had beat off tough competition to make it into the final round of the Edinburgh TV Festival talent scheme, a highly coveted training programme which helps the next generation of talent kick-start their careers in the industry.

We’re pleased to announce four of them have gained a place on the scheme, making Salford the institution with the highest number of intakes. Rachael McCaul (MA Children’s), Elena Hamilton (MA Drama), Lizi Pearce (BA TV & Radio) and Grace Phillip (MA Documentary) have all secured a spot, along with professional broadcast techniques intern Harry Hosker.

Campbell Glennie, Talent Schemes Director at the TV Festival, said: “The quality of students coming out of the University of Salford with a real industry focus and readiness for work in TV makes them natural candidates to earn a place on The Network. The variety of interests, but consistency of passion amongst all four selected means they will get so much out of the four days in Edinburgh and the mentoring support beyond. Having had the chance to interview Elena, Rachael, Lizi and Grace in person, I’m thrilled they’ll be part of the 2017 cohort.”

Beth Hewitt, Director of the Nations and Regions Media Conference, works closely with Campbell to develop strong industry relationships with Edinburgh International Television Festival's The Network. She said: “To see four of our students accepted onto the talent scheme is testament to the indisputable talent of our students and the quality of teaching in the School of Arts and Media. It's fantastic to see our graduates securing these places. The Network undoubtedly provides them with further opportunities allowing them to become the future of the media industry.”

Our highly regarded MA Media Production courses, specialising in Children’s TV Production, Drama TV Production, Documentary TV Production, Wildlife Documentary Production, Animation and Post Production go from strength to strength. Much emphasis is put on working and collaborating with industry and this recent success of our students gaining places on The Network is yet another example of the calibre of students enrolled onto our media courses. Rachael McCaul, a current student studying for her Masters in Media Production: Children's TV Production, has gained one of the much sort after places on The Network. Rachel is currently working closely with CBBC Newsround for her final live brief project examining the impact of ‘fake news’ on young people. This is another great example of how students collaborate with our media industry partners, gaining invaluable experience during their time at the University of Salford.

You can read more about the talent scheme here.

Read about our ICZ strategy here.

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