Posts by arobertshaw

MA Wildlife Documentary Production graduate wins award at Wildlife Conservation Film Festival

9 December 2014

Yasmin White is the latest MA Wildlife Documentary Production student to achieve success at a major international film festival. She follows in the footsteps of Shaz Syed, who was recently nominated for the ‘Best Emerging Science Filmmaker’ award at the Jackson Hole film festival and Tom Rowland, who won the award for ‘Best Cinematography’ for his film Adapting Anolis at the Screentest National Student Film awards earlier this year.

BA Journalism: Broadcast Graduate needs your votes!

5 December 2014
Sufi Surfers

Sufi Surfers: A documentary by Fizah Tahir

BA Journalism Broadcast graduate Fizah Tahir is in the running for the Mokhtar Awards, a film festival held in Paris, which celebrates films that are related to spirituality, Islam and Muslims. Voting is currently in progress in order to decide which ten films entered into the competition will make it into the final shortlist for the festival, which takes place from 26 – 28 December.

A total of 20 films will be chosen for the festival, 10 by the judging panel and 10 by public vote. These films will then compete for the chance to win prizes in various categories. As her film is a documentary, she stands to win €10,000 if her film is picked as a winner. read more

BA Design Management graduate lands dream job at Bury FC

5 December 2014

Gemma Goodall at Bury FC

Everybody has their dream job in mind, but very few people actually get to do it. For Gemma Goodall, Salford graduate from 2009, she’s not only doing it but she’s not had to move very far away from home to find it. Gemma is Bury born and bred and a lifelong fan of Bury FC, having been taken to games by her dad from a young age. Today she’s the Marketing and Media Manager for the Club and enjoying every second of the matches that she attends over the season. These days she sits in the press box and at the home matches at Gigg Lane; her dad sits immediately in front of her! read more

BATAR student faces fear of snakes live on Shock Radio

5 December 2014

Mike Pickson on Shock Radio

BA (Hons) TV and Radio students at the University of Salford based at MediaCityUK, had a special guest on their live show on Thursday – a 12ft albino Burmese Python named Casper.

The show, which aired live on Shock Radio, focussed on fears and phobia, and the highlight was an attempt to challenge BATAR student Mike Pickston, to face up to his fear of snakes by presenting some of the hour-long show with Casper draped around him. Also featured on the show was hypnotherapist Karin Momberg, who helped Mike through the experience. read more

The Alternative Route to Success by Dr Caroline Magennis

24 November 2014


Dr Caroline Magennis is a Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century Literature and Admissions Tutor at the University of Salford. In this guest blog, she explains why for some people,  the alternative route into higher education can be more rewarding.

Graduate playwright’s ‘The Beautiful Warmth’ performed at Waterside Arts Centre

31 October 2014

BeautifulwarmthThe Beautiful Warmth is a play written by English and Creative Writing graduate Adam Gilmour and directed by current PhD student Sean Gregory. The play is one of ten plays commissioned by the Waterside Arts Centre as part of their 10th birthday celebrations, which have been dubbed W10.

The play is set in 1989 and follows two fireplace salesmen, TK and Lucky as they race to secure a sale with the last remaining house in the small town of Whitworth, Lancashire. This dark comedy explores the relationship between humanity, consumerism and the desire for professional success. read more

Mock The Dock: a new collaboration between the University of Salford and the BBC

31 October 2014

Ben Meadows - Mock The Dock logo

On 29th October a fantastic new collaboration between the University of Salford and the BBC, called ‘Mock The Dock’, was launched.

The brainchild of Performance: Comedy Practices pathway leader Lisa Moore and the BBC’s Robin Cramp, with input from executive producer for BBC Comedy North Rebecca Papworth. ‘Mock The Dock’ is an ingenious new comedy platform (pardon the pun) that took place on a private tram travelling from MediaCityUK, through Manchester to its final destination of Piccadilly. read more

Popular Music & Recording Graduate is Nominated for a MOBO Award

15 October 2014


Kristyna Myles graduated from the University of Salford in 2005 with a first class honours degree in Popular Music & Recording and since then she has made the journey to becoming an award winning recording and touring gospel singer.

Her journey began immediately after graduating when she began busking on the streets of Manchester City Centre with fellow Salford graduate Ben Williams, which gave her the opportunity to sing in front of hundreds of people on a daily basis. It wasn’t long before she was spotted by the music industry, and a note from a music manager was slipped into her guitar case while she was busking. The pair also won the BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Busk Idol’ competition, which opened many doors for Kristyna and led to her being singed to the renowned imprint, Decca Records in 2010. read more

Comedy Practices student has sketch aired on BBC Radio 4

13 October 2014

radio4Third year Performance: Comedy Practices student Joshua Boland-Burrell got his first taste of the limelight when a comedy sketch he had written was aired on BBC Radio 4’s The Show What You Wrote.

His hilarious sketch entitled The End of the World was inspired by his experience of receiving endless cold calls from telephone and internet providers, and the notion that even after a nuclear fallout, these call centres would still probably exist. He originally developed the idea after seeing the brief for The Show What You Wrote on BBC Writers Room, however after suspecting that the sketch had not been selected, he continued to work on it when he began the Radio Comedy module in his second year of study. ‘The Radio Comedy module is a comedy writer’s dream,’ says Josh, “the first week is a crash course in sketch writing and the next five weeks are a mad dash to write, record sound effects, rehearse, record the show and edit it down to a 30 minute, all singing, all dancing segment.” read more

The University of Salford at Noise Festival 2014

13 October 2014


Noise Festival is an annual celebration of up and coming creative talent in the UK. The festival is made up of various events across the country throughout September, October and November and is curated by several key figures from the creative industry. This year’s curators include musician Brian Eno (music & arts), fashion designer Giles Deacon (fashion), director Clive Barker (film), games designer Ian Livingston CBE (games & interactive), and comedian Doc Brown (comedy) among others. read more