16th May 2001




Radio students at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside are breaking new ground this week by taking their exams live on air.


Twenty-four second-year Media Production students are presenting six live radio programmes on the student radio station Siren FM this week – and broadcasters from BBC Radio Lincolnshire will be in the studio to help with the marking.


The 30-minute programmes will form the fourth and final part of the students’ assessment for their radio skills unit and are to be transmitted at 11am and 2.13pm today and tomorrow.


For each programme either Les Sheehan, Charlie Partridge or Rob Underwood from BBC Radio Lincolnshire will be present for marking duty.


“For some of the students this is the first time they have broadcast live,” said Media Production lecturer Bryan Rudd, who is also a patron of Siren FM. “I suppose it’s a bit like taking your exams in public - but at least parents and family can hear it on the Internet as it happens!”


This unusual idea is causing quite a stir in media education circles across the country. “It’s a first for us and we believe it’s a first for any UK university,” said Mr Rudd.

“Some universities do broadcast assessed work on their student radio station but we don’t know of another university where students broadcast assessed work live on air.”


As a result of this innovative idea Bryan Rudd has been asked to present a short paper on the subject at Radiodyssey, a conference organised by the Radio Studies Network and the University of Sussex in Brighton in July.


Siren FM went on air for the seventh successive year (the third in Lincoln) on Tuesday 8th May, broadcasting 24 hours a day for three weeks on 87.9FM.


The station will also broadcast for a further week in the autumn to mark the start of the new academic year and the launch of the rebranded University of Lincoln.


You can listen on-line and view the webcam by logging on to www.sirenfm.com


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Caption: Student Charlene Charles at the microphone


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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