20 March 2008


Lincoln connects with the BBC


The University of Lincoln has joined forces with the BBC in a new partnership, called Connect and Create. The partnership aims to nurture new talent and develop media skills across the North of England.


By working closely with the BBC, the University of Lincoln hopes that students will be equipped with the necessary skills and expertise to develop a potential career in the media. 


Connect and Create was launched at Huddersfield University by the BBC’s Chief Operating Officer, Caroline Thomson, and the Director of BBC People, Steve Kelly.


Head of Media Production at the University of Lincoln, David Sleight attended the launch of the project. He said: "Having worked for the BBC for many years before joining the University of Lincoln, it was delightful to see this event connecting two organisations I care deeply about.


“Stimulating additional recognition of Higher Education and new activity with universities such as Lincoln emphasises the BBC's long-term commitment to engaging with the highest quality of new talent in the UK, and playing an even greater role in their development. We are delighted that our students are quickly gaining opportunities to work directly with programme makers, and that the BBC has already increased the number of placements being offered to the University of Lincoln due to the high calibre of our students." 


The BBC’s Caroline Thomson adds: “By working together we can build a BBC that is truly representative of the population of the UK. With a number of key BBC departments moving from London to media: city in Salford in 2011 it is important to connect with audiences across the whole of the North of England.


“We want to ensure that student education is closely aligned with industry requirements and that all members of the community have the opportunity to develop media skills.”


All the BBC Departments that will be located in Salford are partnering up with organisations across the North. Together they are developing a series of real-life challenges and projects; providing opportunities to visit the BBC and offering work experience placements. In addition open workshops will be held looking at issues like writing for television and radio; the BBC archive; rights and editorial judgement.


For general press enquiries contact:

Jennifer Kightley: Communications Officer (Press and Media)

(01522) 886042 jkightley@lincoln.ac.uk

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