Here at UTC we are focused on making sure our students are making the most of the employer ties we have by being in the heart of the northern digital sector here at MediaCityUK. We have two dedicated members of staff who focus on marketing the UTC and bringing in business men and women from around the area to talk to and hopefully inspire our students to make the most out of their education. One of these members of staff, Laura now writes a blog which is updated regularly to detail the great employer engagement work being done here at UTC.
If you would like to hear more about our Employer Engagement be sure to have a look at the blog by clicking here or following the link below.
We would like to share the following useful video that we hope will help explain the ‘Progress 8’ system that is now used for tracking school performance. This has replaced the previous measuring system of 5 A*-C grades including Maths and English.
If you would like to know more please be sure to watch the video posted below and if you have any questions afterward please feel free to let us know.
Please contact Janes Wood-Greaves, Vice Principal, Curriculum, Assessment and Progress: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of our students work was screened today at the Imperial War Museum North for Holocaust Memorial Day.
10 students from the UTC were involved in a project with the IWMN and Chocolate Films, working with Holocaust survivors. They worked to capture survivor testimony and used animation to present their ideas.
The students worked in a very sympathetic and mature way to present this very moving information. Members of the public congratulated our students on how they had worked so thoughtfully with the Holocaust survivors.
Below are the video links to the students work, please feel free to check it out:
ITV regional television presenter Natasha Carter welcomed UTC television and Film students to the News studios last week. Students had hands on experience of the cameras and got tips from evening show hosts Tony Morris and Lucy Meacock.
Later students had a go themselves and tried using the auto cue with ear piece direction. There were recordings of the session made and producers will be sending it along for UTC to share online.
The whole experience was a great event and students forged links with the professional to get future work experience.
arts company have been supported by the Police Crime Commissioner to deliver a series of workshops exploring equality past, present and future across Greater Manchester schools.
The thought-provoking workshop was born out of a need for open, safe and eloquent dialogue around issues of discrimination and bullying and has been informed by recent research conducted by anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label. Research collected showed that over 1.5 million young people (50%) have been bullied within the past year, 145,800 (19%) of these were bullied everyday.
Rachel Moorhouse of Art with Heart says, “We do a huge amount of work with young people and see the devastating impact that bullying has on their health, behaviour and self-esteem. Our workshops will offer young people the freedom and opportunity to explore what discrimination and equality mean, who they are, what they want their world to look like and how to make change happen.”
Imperial War Museum and Chocolate Films work experience 2 of 2
I had a week of work experience with the Imperial War Museum in a group of ten students from UTC. We were asked to produce two films about the holocaust .We split into two teams of five. I was in the group that a man named Arek an 83 yearold who survived Auschwitz. It was very moving to hear their personal accounts on their experiences in World War 2.
The first few days was spent gathering information about the survivors. We learnt the skills needed to record the interview – such as how to operate the microphones and cameras. When we had gathered enough information to write around 20 questions that will be asked on the day.
On the day of filming we setup all of our equipment which was interesting. It highlights the amount of time and planning is needed before actually recording takes place. We then met Arek and his wife and had a short conversation before we began interviews. After the interview was finished, we had over 40 minutes of footage. The footage would have to be condensed into just over 3 minutes.
The last remaining days were spent planning our story line as well as what footage we should use. We learnt how to use final cut pro x on the mac, to enable us to place and create the timeline of footage. We also spent time planning our animation ideas for each piece of information. We did this by using a row of sticky notes and placing them in order. This was an interesting method as it allows the stages and ideas to be clearly viewed and moved about freely.
On the final two days and after planning a clear path of what was going to be animated. We decided what type of animation was going to be used. For this we learnt how to use Dragonframe software, to animate stop motion of different types. We finally managed to animated and fit it with the clips of the interview and had a finished video ready to show.
Overall this whole experience is something I would do again as it was fun and interesting. I feel I have learnt a lot over the course of the week. Such things as how to use professional editing software and how to set up a proper camera and mic setup. All of these amazing skills I have learnt over the course of a week as well as being able to meet a holocaust survivors.
Youth Charter Legacy Debate Live at UTC@MediaCityUK
The Youth Charter held a Live Debate on the 21st October at UTC@MediaCityUK about the legacy of the Rio Olympic Games with special guest The Rt Hon John Bercow MP the event was streamed live and can be viewed here. UTC Principal Sharon Gardner announced it was hoped that this would be the first of many UTC/Youth Charter collaborations. Over 100 UTC students produced and directed the entire project. Pre-recorded video content and animation was led by Trisha Mistry, Ben Eckersall and Isaac Chohan There was a team dedicated to the filming and live-streaming on the day, co-ordinated by Year 13 student Liam Lyall. Further content was shot by UTC students filming in local primary school with children from Moorlands Juniors in Sale.
They had attended the Olympics Parade and met Olympians. Students attending a sports conference at Old Trafford interviewed key sportsmen and women at the event.
The Youth Charter is a UK based registered charity and that create and deliver a social legacy development programmes and projects globally.
Friday’s event was hosted by Geoff Thompson who handed over to speaker of the house RT Hon John Bercow to chair the debate. The special guests included Boxer Jordan Thompson and Team GB Long jumper Abigail Irozuru.
The whole 2016 Legacy Debate was be an exciting and engaging debate and discussion. Among the schools invited were from Loretto College, Darwin Academy and Moorlands Primary Schools.
After an introduction and film detailing the fine work that Charter carries out in the community, UK and globally. The panel soon began to answer debate questions from the audience and also give their opinions on sport it’s funding and the place of social media within sport.
The athletes were encouraged by the speaker, to pass on their experiences to the young audience, talking about of their own struggles in reaching success with their sports.
Speaker John Bercow praised the work done by the Charter but also stated that there was still much work to be done to build upon the legacy of team GB triumphs as it was important to draw more people in to the cause.
Last week, UTC@MediaCityUK students headed over to the mN studio to pitch their vision pieces on the future of digital. In case you missed it, this was to help celebrate mN’s fifteenth anniversary as a digital design studio (you can read the full story here). For the competition, we asked students born the same year as mN to create an idea that looked to the next 15 years in digital product and service design.
After some of the mN team visited the college back in December, the final groups were shortlisted from a selection of 20 + pitches. We chose four groups that delivered something original; whose ideas had the potential to be realised as digital products of the future.
For the final, we asked the students to condense their presentations and deliver them in the form of an elevator pitch, lasting just three minutes. Within this time, the students explained their concepts and presented their vision pieces; leaving lots of time for questions. The design and technical team loved listening to all their ideas and were impressed by their delivery and fresh perspectives offered on the future of the digital industry.
Before we reveal the winner, here’s a quick summary of the finalists’ ideas:
Group 1: WATCHIO
Radio & Audio specialists Jack & Jack (that’s right) kicked off the pitches with WATCHIO – a smart watch that recommends songs tailored to suit your mood. Equipped with a Bluetooth ear piece, users can tell WATCHIO how they’re feeling, resulting in a radio channel that represents a genre most suitable.
Why we liked it:
Jack & Jack showed plenty of enthusiasm and put a lot of thought into every aspect of their pitch. We also liked their environmentally conscious approach to the design, offering a solar panel across the strap of the watch!
Group 2: Digikitchen
In a nod towards trends around the Internet of Things, TV and Film students Ethan, Paige and Beth pitched Digikitchen – a digital app to manage all of your smart kitchen appliances in one place. The app connects to different items in your kitchen, allowing you to be notified on food you’re running low on, control the temperature of your oven etc.
Why we liked it:
We really enjoyed their vision piece and were impressed with how they articulated the idea. Even though smart kitchens have been on people’s radars for some time, the group showed how the tool would not only help people in their homes but also benefit a range of businesses including restaurants and catering services.
Group 3: Givechester
Making great use of Manchester’s MiGuide screens, TV and Film students Katie, Jessica and Caitlyn pitched Givechester – an app to help the homeless. The donation app would allow the public to list available goods from their smartphone whilst those in need use interactive screens across the city centre to view the items up for donation. Only once registering a profile can the donor and recipient arrange a collection, which is recorded via the app to ensure a safe and smooth meet up.
Why we liked it:
With an increasing number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Manchester, we admired Katie, Jessica and Caitlyn’s decision to creating something that would benefit the wider community. We thought Givechester offered a great way to help those in need across Manchester, utilizing digital services that are accessible for the public whilst encouraging more people to donate to the homeless.
Group 4: Digital Art Café
Graphics and Design student Henry introduced us to Digital Art Café. Shifting to physical spaces for digital tools and services, the idea of Digital Art Café is to provide a creative space for those developing new skills or working in the digital industry. The café would offer a range of digital classes, which visitors can take part in whilst sipping on their favourite cup of coffee.
Why we liked it:
Although there are places that offer PC and Mac suites for creative types such as Manchester Central Library, we loved Henry’s ambition of creating a workspace with digital at the heart. There is certainly a huge opportunity to create city centre spaces for young developers and designers to collaborate and learn.
After the students presented their pitches, the mN team huddled together to discuss who would be crowned winner of the competition. After a heated discussion, Katie, Jessica and Caitlyn were chosen for their Givechester idea. We felt that they offered something original yet realistic; and were inspired by their decision to use technology for social good.
Whilst we’re happy to have a winner for the project, all four groups resonated with us for different reasons. Therefore, we’ve offered all of the students support in the future, whether this be work experience or advice on how to bring their idea to life.
We want to thank all of the students for their hard work and the finalists for coming into the studio to share their creativity with us. Here’s to the next 15 years of digital, it’s sure to be in safe hands with young talent like this.
– Article taken from the Magnetic North website.
BBC Director-General Tony Hall officially opened the £10 million UTC@MediaCityUK campus building today – with the help of CBBC presenter Hacker T Dog! Not to be upstaged by the D-G’s digital ribbon cutting, Hacker found a real ribbon for his own opening ceremony and led students in a rendition of Don’t stop me now.
The new University Technical College at the heart of MediaCityUK in Salford opened for its first students in September, attracting a great deal of attention from students, parents and business.
Designed for 14-18 year olds who have a passion for shaping digital and creative content the UTC’s students study a mixture of academic GCSEs, A levels and technical qualifications as well as getting hands-on, practical experience in specialist pathways such as TV & Film, Graphics & Design, Radio & Audio, and Interactive Media & Gaming.
Tony Hall joined MediaCityUK chief executive Stephen Wild and Sir Rod Aldridge, chair of UTC co-sponsor the Aldridge Foundation, on a tour of the campus, seeing students practising circus skills, working in TV and radio studios, on history and graphics projects. They also met students who have already started their own businesses in the college’s Entrepreneurship Pods.
Earlier student Gabby Sutton presented to the guests on her experience at the UTC, saying:
“I can literally see my future through the window. I can see myself running my own radio shows, researching, being a reporter. And all of that is just a walk away. We are in the heart of Media City… This means we are able to work with the BBC, ITV as well as the University to help our understanding of the media industry.”
The UTC is supported by a strong network of employers including Oracle, Cisco, RM, UKfast Panasonic,The Landing, Flix, Apadmi, Microsoft and Unity. Given its close proximity UTC students are also building close links with the BBC. They have been invited to take part in research projects into virtual reality, producing films with Brook Advisory service and have had talks on film making. BBC presenters have given assemblies on their careers at the Corporation and the UTC is connected to the BBC’s apprenticeship scheme.
Tony Hall said: “I’m delighted to open the new UTC. This college is nurturing the next generation of creative talent – the next generations of digital innovators. You can just sense a real entrepreneurial spirit, here and there’s a great sense of adventure already.”
He encouraged the UTC’s students to “Go play – bust boundaries!”
Anne Casey, who completes her term as the UTC’s founding Principal in the summer, said: “This has been a fantastic day and a real reflection of what makes the UTC such a special place. In the run up to opening our students used the hashtag “unstoppable” as they exchanged messages about coming here, and so it was really fitting to hear Don’t stop me now sung today – even by Hacker!”
“I’d like to thank Tony Hall and the BBC, but also all of the other great employers who work with our students. Alongside our sponsors the University of Salford, the Lowry and the Aldridge Foundation they are a big part of the reason that we were oversubscribed in our opening year and are again for next year.”