The chance to work behind-the-scenes on one of the world’s longest-running television shows might not have been possible for one Edge Hill University undergraduate without the Student Opportunity Fund.
Beth Moody, a second-year Television Production Management student from Cleadon, Sunderland, enjoyed a nine-day work experience placement working on BBC religious show, Songs of Praise, for Avanti TV Productions.
Based in MediaCityUK, Salford, the fund helped cover accommodation and transport costs.
“Having the funding allowed me to do beneficial work experience and ‘put my foot’ in the industry”, Beth notes. “Without the funding I wouldn’t have been able to afford to get to Manchester. Hopefully long-term this opportunity will enhance my employability. Experience in the industry is vital to getting a job.”
Beth, who studied at Newcastle College, chose Edge Hill due to the unique opportunities afforded by the course as well as the state-of-the-art campus facilities, gained relevant experience and insight in a highly competitive industry.
“I was assigned to a production management team, which was beneficial in giving me vital media industry experience and knowledge. I aspire to be a production manager, so gaining work experience and working alongside and shadowing was the ideal opening for me.
“The placement went really well, I met some great people, made a lot of contacts and learnt a lot about the industry, and how different the job roles are, particularly on a day-to-day basis.
“I also feel I can now talk to anyone at the university about my experience and how the funding helped me – and can help others.”
Joy Monks, Senior Lecturer in Television Production, added: “This fund enabled Beth to see, at first hand, how real TV shows are prepared and recorded. This was particularly helpful for her to gain experience, enhancing what we do on her degree and giving her a greater understanding of how Production Managers work in TV.
“It has opened a number of avenues of employment for her and given her a greater breadth of knowledge. It has also given her the opportunity to network with professionals in the industry that she would not normally have had access to – those most likely to employ her once she has gained her degree.”
The placement also offered unique insight into the inner workings of a long-running series – something she could not experience at Edge Hill, according to Joy.
“The opportunity gave Beth the experience of working in a quick turnaround pre-recorded television environment – which we cannot replicate. She was also able to see how the different teams work alongside each other to produce a successful, popular show.
“It showed Beth how they put together pre-recorded music items with, what is effectively, documentary footage shot separately. This gave her the prospect of networking with a range of employees/employers in a large-scale environment at MediaCityUK along with a multitude of other broadcasters/production companies.”
“As a Production Management student, whose future roles will include many aspects of programme making, to see first-hand how an indie production company operates was an amazing learning opportunity.”
Find out you can apply for financial support from the Student Opportunity Fund here.