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14th February 2011, 4:36pm
Lincoln becomes first university member of the Institute of Videography
Media Production student. Photo by Electric Egg The University of Lincoln is the first university to become an Academy Member of the Institute of Videography.

Students at the Lincoln School of Media are now eligible to become members of this highly-respected professional body, joining thousands of practising videographers from across the UK and Europe.

The move, which involved a rigorous assessment process, is part of the School's drive to demonstrate to students the wealth of options for employment when they finish their course and to give them additional insights into the industry.

Dr Sarah Barrow, Head of the School of Media, said: "We feel it's really important for our students to see what a fantastic range of career opportunities there are when they graduate from our programmes and that not all of these are with big production companies.

"There are thousands of videographers working successfully as sole practitioners and membership of the Institute of Videographers is invaluable for them, connecting them with other professionals in the same discipline and sharing latest industry knowledge and technology.

"By becoming a member of the IOV we're providing our students with the chance to be part of this community and to get to know what it's really like in business, while demonstrating to employers that their skills and know-how are of a high standard. It's a fantastic highlight for them to have on their CVs."

The IOV chose the University of Lincoln as the first higher education institution in its pilot scheme and is keen to develop the relationship.

Senior Lecturer Brian Hall A.R.P.S was instrumental in the University achieving membership and is contributing to the ongoing development of the IOV's core learning material on its VideoSkills programme.

He said: "We are really excited about joining the IOV as Academy Members. We have fantastic facilities and courses for all avenues of media here at Lincoln but especially recognise the relevance of videography as an enterprise and employer in the future.  

"The IOV have taken great strides with their VideoSkills programme and we are very proud to be working with them on its future."

IOV Executive Member, Phil Janvier, added: "We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship."

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