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Radio Scotland Movie Cafe did a piece on WCA a few months ago and you can now listen to the broadcast onhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074hml Pat Elliot also wrote a lovely blog about our Screenings & Awards night on http:/mindcircles.co.uk/?cat=3 – check it out
Wonderful stuff.But for me the highlight of the night(apart from the fab buffet) was UWS PHD student and lecturer at BCU , Jennifer Jones . Taking as her canvas the nationwide movement of student led direct action against the cuts, she asked big questions. When a student has to go into £40,000 worth of debt just to get a degree for a teaching job which might not be there at the end of it, we have to start asking if we actually have an education system worth defending at all. Could it be that the nationwide network of real and virtual user generated teaching spaces created through the struggles might be putative small scale templates for the future of REAL student centred education for the WEB 3.0 generation?
Open source technology and user generated content may well be an anathema to established educational hierarchies who wish to guard their intellectual property , but they might well prove to be more viable educational models for the uncertain economic future in which we find ourselves . Anyway , here’s to TeachMeet , and many thanks to all who made me feel a very welcome guest.
We could have online seminars and workshops from individual groups in Dumfries who could then report back to their colleagues simply through the use of a hand held device which can fit in your shirt pocket ! Thats quite a thought. It’s a long way from staggering up and down D Corridor with a 20 kg tripod and bulky flight case with a Sony Z-1 .
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What on earth could the luvvies of stage and screen have to say to businesses and entrepreneurs ? Aren’t we more into iambic pentameters than Industrial Parameters ? Errrr, well no, actually. These are exciting times for myself and fellow creatives at UWS . With our student recruitment advertising being nominated for awards, we are looking forward in expectation to the imminent opening of our new £80 million pound campus with state of the art studios and technology in Ayr. Couple this with the outstanding success of our Performance and Screen programmes, us Creatives are now at the centre of the strategic broadening of the UWS’s marketing and sales campaign. We are beginning to focus on knowledge and know-how transfer by exploring pathways of how to integrate creative expertise with the Scottish business community .The key to this process is to develop current links and forge new relationships designed to encourage more businesses to tap into the resources and expertise which we have here at the University Of The West Of Scotland.
In past few months I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to take part in a small way in that process .Along with my students on our Contemporary Screen Acting programme, I am now completing the second tranche of three Knowledge Transfer (KT) projects. Operating under the umbrella of UWS Skillset Media Academy, the projects involve three Dumfries & Galloway SMEs benefitting from the process of having bespoke Screen Acting Web Videos created to help publicise and develop their businesses.
NO SEATS LEFT for the 1st ever Write Camera Action Screening & Networking Night: Friday 22nd April .There are13 films screening including five premieres! No seats left but I’m on the selection panel and I’ll let you know how the night goes and who receives the first ever WCA Awards