The University of Cumbria’s arts campus was beamed live to viewers across the north east and Cumbria on BBC 1 after being transformed into the main regional venue for this year’s BBC Children in Need programme (Friday 16 November.)
The Brampton Road campus was the focal point for the annual charitable bash with recipients as well fundraisers travelling from across the north to be featured on BBC Look North’s three-hour long telethon.
BBC Radio Cumbria reporter Sian Hall also broadcast regular updates throughout the evening from the university’s graphic design and illustration studio which was transformed into a ‘Pudsey Party’ venue.
Students from the campus were involved on and off screen. 33 students from across the academic discipline of performing arts showcased their work on stage, while 6 TV and film students gained industry experience supporting the TV crew on site and attending production meetings at BBC Newcastle.
A further 10 performing arts and TV and film students also gained industry experience as ‘front-of-house’ staff including second year student Brandon Ferson who said: “This is an absolutely amazing event to be part of. It’s really collaborative and good to see it come together through the week.”
Pictured: In the thick of it - students Ellie and Alex.
Calling the event ‘a fantastic opportunity to showcase our university and our considerable talent’ Vice Chancellor Prof Julie Mennell added: “The BBC has really embraced the opportunity to work with our university and have told me first-hand how impressed they are by the professionalism and attitude of everyone involved in the making of this national event.”
“In addition, during this week, approx. 120 graphic design and illustration students have participated in an Industry Week with a range of talks and workshops delivered by industry specialists that included a visit to a design studio and gallery in Glasgow. The BBC will also be speaking at the Institute of the Arts Futures Festival in January 2019.”
Roddy Hunter director of the Institute of the Arts added: “We were delighted to host the BBC Children in Need event which showcased both the work of our students and the amazing campus at Brampton Road.”
“The experience of helping to prepare, produce and present a life TV show for the BBC was incredible for our students and I’m thrilled that they all enjoyed real, hands-on experience.”
“What’s more, we’ve confirmed that students from the university will be able to make the most of a kind offer of regular periods of work experience with BBC Newcastle which can only stand them in good stead for the future.”
Pictured: Roddy Hunter (picture Johnny Becker)