Edge Hill University had the privilege of welcoming to campus two exchange staff from the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondricek (FAMO).
The University first made links with the FAMO in 2011 when an Erasmus Exchange agreement was signed, which allows students from both institutions to broaden their film experience and embark on a different culture and teaching environment.
As part of the partnership, teacher Martina Zakova and technical expert Jan Sykora from the academy in the Czech Republic, visited the University to get an insight into film practices in the UK.
English specialist Martina has a keen interest in teaching methods and practices and wanted to explore how this was done at Edge Hill. She was given the opportunity to observe a number of lectures in topics including Shakespeare and linguistics in the English department, and philosophy and creativity.
Martina said: “I was amazed at the amount of information given to students in the sessions and admired the delivery style which influenced a high level of student participation. It was particularly interesting to see the incorporation of technology.”
With the new £17million Creative Edge building recently unveiled on campus, Jan Sykora was able to explore Edge Hill’s technical capability for teaching media, film and television in the new state-of the-art building. As well as getting to grips with the technological aspects, Jan also managed to take some time out to participate in a paragliding experience with a member of Edge Hill’s International Office.
As part of their fact-finding mission, the two teachers were invited to attend the annual Liverpool Film Festival at the FACT museum. This saw Will Mial and Lewis Hancock – two Edge Hill students that were involved in the Czech Republican exchange programme in 2012/2013 – nominated for an award.
Other events they attended during their week included a reading by award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce and the opportunity to visit LA Productions, where the BBC series Moving On and Jimmy McGovern’s latest feature Common were produced.
Carol Poole, the University’s Ambassador for MediaCity UK said: “Students and staff from both institutions benefit enormously educationally and culturally from this partnership and the visit was an outstanding success that further strengthened these links.”