Chair of RTS North East and Borders visits University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts

Chair of RTS North East and Borders visits University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts
L-R: Professor Julie Mennell, first-year film and television production students Kim Taylor and Aizat Ariffin, and Graeme Thompson.

L-R: Professor Julie Mennell, first-year film and television production students Kim Taylor and Aizat Ariffin, and Graeme Thompson.

The University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts was today the setting for a visit that highlighted the university’s contribution to the television sector.

Chair of the Royal Television Society (RTS) for the North East and Borders, Graeme Thompson, spent the day discussing the institute’s portfolio of courses with programme leaders and key staff members, including Director of the Institute of the Arts, Roddy Hunter, and Principal Lecturer in Media Arts, Michael Mitchell. The visit began with a meeting with Vice Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell.

After chatting with students from the BA (Hons) Film and Television Production programme, Graeme said of his visit: “As RTS Chair for the North East and Borders, I acknowledge that much of our activity tends to revolve around Newcastle, but Teesside and the Borders warrant greater attention.

“I’m aware that the production sector in Cumbria is expanding and that this is as a direct result of graduates from the University of Cumbria starting out in the industry and developing their careers in the region.”

Professor Mennell said of the visit: “It’s a pleasure as well as an honour to welcome Graeme to the university’s Institute of the Arts. We are proud that our students have met with considerable success at the RTS Student Awards over a number of years, and this visit gives us the opportunity to demonstrate to Graeme our approach to this vital industry training and to discuss with him our plans for the future.”

Graeme Thompson’s visit came at the end of a week of activity at the campus for final year students, during which they were offered the chance to meet with industry professionals within the arts and media sectors, and to hear about their careers.

The Futures Festival featured a variety of lectures and workshops on employability and enterprise as well as advice sessions on postgraduate study. Supporting the festival theme, a varied programme of entertainment was provided including performances by students and alumni, and by local bands Hardwicke Circus, WeAreQuasars and Holiday Band. There was also a live stream replay of Complicite’s ‘Beware of Pity’ from the Barbican in London.