Student media sweep national awards

15 Apr 2013 14:10:50.143

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Students at The University of Nottingham have completed a clean sweep at national media awards this year, after the student magazine, radio station, television channel and theatre all picked up gongs.

Earlier this year, Impact Magazine secured the Ones to Watch Student Publication of the Year and URN collected the Best Station prize at the National Student Radio Awards, while the New Theatre picked up seven awards at the National Student Drama Festival.

To complete the set,Nottingham University Television Station (NUTS) has been crowned Best Broadcaster at the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) awards, held in Exeter from 5-7 April 2013. 

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Quality content

After picking up the prize, NUTS Director of Content Mia Obertelli explained that judges had been impressed with the quality and variety of content that the television station produce.

The Classical Civilisation and English student said: “NUTS gives people a fantastic opportunity to get involved in all aspects of TV production, providing skills that are not just useful to those planning a career in media, but that are transferable to whatever path you take after University.

“We have been incredibly successful at NaSTA in the past, and in a year when we are celebrating our fifth birthday, we are delighted to have received the Best Broadcaster Award, along with Highly Commended recognition in the On-Screen Male and Station Marketing categories.”

Providing opportunities

After learning of the latest success, University of Nottingham Registrar Dr Paul Greatrix, added his congratulations to all those involved in the Students’ Union media groups and confirmed that the University will continue to support the wide range of activities undertaken at Nottingham.

He said: “The success across the board — from TV to print and radio to drama — shows the real strength of our students from all disciplines. The skills that they acquire during their studies and as part of this wider activity shows why they are among the most sought after graduates by employers.

“We believe that the whole university community benefits from having a strong and vibrant Students’ Union which provides the infrastructure to enable these student groups, along with many other cultural, sporting and special interest societies, to thrive.

“We continue to try to provide the best possible environment for students – for their academic studies and more broadly — to ensure that Nottingham remains one of the most popular UK universities. Providing strong support for the Students’ Union, including through the allocation each year of around £2m to support its work and that of our student media groups is a key part of that.” 

Student dedication

Impact Magazine editor Oscar Williams added that the success of all the societies has been as a result of the dedication of those involved and their focus on the needs of their audience.

He said: “Nottingham media groups have the right balance between providing great services for the student audience and thorough training for their members. It’s a winning formula and hopefully will continue to be!

“Impact is a brilliant opportunity for students to cut their teeth as aspiring journalists, while helping to shape the campus agenda. Over 330 students have contributed to the magazine this year, picking up experience in all sorts of fields, from breaking news and investigative features to theatre reviewing, photography and sports reporting.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

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Harry Waddle

Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

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