Largest student television conference to be co-hosted by universities of Salford and Manchester

Categories: School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

Students from the University of Salford and the University of Manchester are teaming up to host the largest student television conference and awards this April.

Salford’s student television networks Shock and Quays TV are teaming up with the University of Manchester’s Fuse TV for the National Student Television Awards (NaSTA) in Salford and Manchester from Friday 5 April to Sunday 7 April.

The event, now in its 51st iteration, will see hundreds of students from student television networks across the country descend on the city for the event which is taking place across both campuses. The main conference on the Saturday will take place at the University of Manchester’s Students’ Union with the awards show to be hosted at the Imperial War Museum North, across the water from our MediaCity campus later that evening.

Students will have the chance to network, attend talks and receive training from leading industry professionals from the likes of the BBC, Sky, ITV, BT Sport and more.

Joe Lander, Host Officer for the conference and BA Television and Radio Production student said: “This is biggest event of the year in the student television calendar. Normally 250 to 300 students come to the event with university television stations from across the country involved.

“It’s an annual chance for students to showcase their best work and everything they’ve been up this year whilst also having the opportunity to go to talks and meet industry professionals, some of which are big names in their field. The event is collaborative and all about supporting those who work in student television.”

The University of Salford is a regular winner in the awards over the years, with Quays TV winning the Bronze Award for News & Current Affairs in 2023 and Gold for Production Talent in 2022.

Salford has hosted the awards twice in the last five years, hosting the first ever virtual iteration in 2020 and then part of the in-person event in 2021.

Over 20 awards will be handed out at the awards, with categories including Cinematography, Directing, Drama, Comedy and On-Screen Talent. It will also be streamed live via YouTube for those unable to make it in person.

For all press office enquiries please email communications@salford.ac.uk.