Ambitious broadcasters get leading festival gig to enhance their radio skills

“Not only will I going up to Manchester with fellow course mates for a few days, but I’ll get a chance to meet industry professionals, learn a few things, and maybe even secure more work experience.”

Alex Burnett, BA(Hons) Radio Production

Aspiring radio professionals are being put to work at the industry’s flagship radio festival in Salford.

18 BA(Hons) Radio Production students will take up positions with the Radio Academy, a charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK radio broadcasting and audio production.

The radio festival held at MediaCityUK from today attracts over 500 top executives, producers and presenters. The three-day programme of keynote speeches, networking opportunities, workshops and demonstrations are designed to celebrate UK radio and discuss its future.

The students will be volunteering with a variety of tasks, including social media monitoring, sound engineering and acting as runners.

Student, Alex Burnett said: “Getting involved with the Radio Festival this year is going to be one of the most exciting events of my Radio Career.

“Not only will I be going up to Manchester with fellow course mates for a few days, but I’ll get a chance to meet industry professionals, learn a few things, and maybe even secure more work experience,” he explained.

Jules McCarthy, Senior Lecturer in BA(Hons) Radio Production, said: “There’s no replacement for working with experienced professionals who can offer students the latest in industry developments, using broadcast standard equipment, in a learning environment that fosters creativity and one-to-one support.”

The University’s Radio Production first year students will also be visiting the festival free of charge meaning that within weeks of joining Staffordshire University students will get to experience the industry they’re aiming to be part of, first hand.

Jules explained: “Our Award Leader Anne Duffell is very keen to get all of our groups into the broadcast standard radio studios for training from day one and our students tell us that they choose Staffordshire for our un-rivalled radio studio facilities and extremely supportive and experienced staff.

“We’re all so proud that our students have taken the initiative to volunteer their services to the Radio Academy in such a huge way,” she added.

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