September is ICZ month, so we’ll be taking the opportunity to look at the great industry collaborations we’ve been working on recently.

Our ICZ approach is more than just a strategy, it’s the way we develop the activity we’re already doing across campus to work together as staff, students, industry and communities, for the benefit of all.

The first example is our partnership with the Edinburgh TV Festival, one of the most prestigious media charities in the UK. It runs The Network – a highly coveted training programme that’s committed to identifying and nurturing the next generation of talent and kick-starting their careers in the TV industry.

In August we got the great news that four of our students secured a place on the programme, making Salford the institution with the highest number of intakes.

Campbell Glennie, Talent Schemes Director at the TV Festival, said: “The quality of students coming out of the University of Salford with a real industry focus and readiness for work in TV makes them natural candidates to earn a place on The Network. The variety of interests, but consistency of passion amongst all four selected means they will get so much out of the four days in Edinburgh and the mentoring support beyond.”

Director of Nations and Regions Media Conference and lecturer Beth Hewitt added: “Working within the broadcasting industry is highly competitive and our partnership with The Network is a fantastic way in which we can open up access to opportunities for our students. It enables them to gain valuable hands-on experience and create contacts while building their skills and knowledge, which will significantly enhance their future employability.

“Our students who have taken part in the programme have found it an inspiring and life-changing experience and have found placements within the sector as a direct result.”

Speaking of her place on the programme, MA Children’s TV Production student Rachael McCaul said: “There are some moments when you have to pinch yourself and think, is this really happening to me? Being selected for the Edinburgh Network was one of these moments. It has given me a huge boost in my confidence and real ambition and drive to make a mark in the industry. It’s been one of the most amazing experiences of my TV industry journey so far, and may there be many more to come. I feel proud today!”

This recent success is yet another example of the calibre of students enrolled onto our media courses and the importance of collaborating with industry so we can offer them the best opportunities.

Here’s a gallery of photos taken at The Network programme:

The Network Talent Scheme