Media and Communication (Radio) with a Foundation Year - BA (Hons) *

UCAS Code:
P93F
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

We are a pioneering institution, delivering some of the first UK media degrees. The BA (Hons) Media and Communication (Radio) with a Foundation Year is a dynamic course that gives you a choice of from a range of modules to complement your radio specialism, including music industries, TV and journalism, allowing you to mould your course to suit your future ambitions.

This programme offers students the opportunity to develop creative and practical skills in media production. Students will work on projects in radio, television and online production, supported by staff with industry experience and visiting speakers from the world of media. Students will develop a critical understanding of creative production and digital storytelling techniques. They will work collaboratively on projects and produce a professional portfolio of work. On completion of the course students will be able to progress on to a media or media-related degree within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University.

About foundation courses

This four year programme has been specifically designed to allow students who do not initially meet the entry requirements for a three year degree, to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree programme.

After successful completion of your foundation year, you will have the flexibility to switch (should you wish to change direction) onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within Birmingham School of Media.

Why study a degree with a foundation year?

Foundation years are a great option if you have the talent, ambition and potential to thrive at Birmingham City University, but do not meet the entry requirements for your preferred course. It’s ideal if:

  • You want the flexibility of a year’s study on a more general course to find out the best degree choice for you.
  • You have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.
  • You would like extra time and support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence before starting a full degree.

What's covered in the course?

Helped by strong links with many influential media organisations, the course offers an industry-relevant blend of production, theory and professional studies..

Teaching takes place in our suite of radio studios and audio production suites, as well  the TV and photography studios and editing suites depending on the modules you choose. This is in addition to the lecture theatres, seminar rooms, social learning spaces and online learning you would expect to find. You use blogs, create wikis, and employ social media channels and other interactive media to support your work and self-development.

Whether you see yourself in front of the microphone or in the background as an editor, researcher or producer, this pathway allows you to gain the competence, confidence and contacts to make yourself a valuable part of any team in the radio industry.

Working in our enviable facilities, including our complex of six radio studios, you learn how to operate a studio, present a show, record interviews, and use digital technology to edit and mix sound. As your studies advance, you put together music radio shows and short features as you prepare to run a live radio station at the University.

Why Choose Us?

  • Enjoy the flexibility to opt for a general study of Media and Communication, or a specialist route in Radio, Television, Web and New Media, Journalism, Event and Exhibition Industries,  Music Industries or Public Relations
  • Two (or more) industry placements give you invaluable insight, contacts and lessons from life
  • We provide specialised, sophisticated equipment for every area in our £62 million home in the city centre, including six radio studios, four TV studios, the largest free-standing green screen in Europe, editing suites, music production studios and photography studios (including a half and a full infinity cove)
  • Enjoy the supportive guidance and contemporary perspective of staff who are established media professionals
  • We run a huge range of guest speaker masterclasses, which have included newsreader Huw Edwards; Twitter’s Jo Geary; UB40’s Brian Travers; Vogue fashion photographer Eliot Siegel; and BSkyB’s Head of Production Services, Dave Rooke
  • Mixing media production skills with an academic study of the industry, the course encourages you to take creative risks and be a ‘thinking’ media worker, able to adapt to a fast-moving industry and lead change.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Global Radio
  • Bauer Media
  • BBC

And in jobs such as:

  • Radio producer
  • Radio programmer
  • Commercial radio producer
  • Audio-visual equipment operators
  • Broadcasting operators
  • Journalists
  • Newspaper and periodical editors
  • Marketing associate professionals

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

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Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards.

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of enrolment, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu as long as the required subject is covered.

80 UCAS tariff points.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
A level  CDD. A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects. Excluded subjects General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMP
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall - 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3
GCSE English language at grade 4 (C) or above or equiivalent qualifications must be achieved at application stage.

Scottish Higher

BBB. 80 points, minimum BBB from 3 higher level passes
Must include English Language at Standard Grade

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.
Successful completion of IB Diploma with minimum IB point score of 24 or more
English Group A - Grade 4 or above, or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MM. Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.

Scottish Advanced Higher

DDD. Must include English Language at Standard Grade
Maximum of three Advanced Highers can be considered together.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 4 years £9,250 per year* Apply via UCAS

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Portfolio Guidance

You are not required to submit a portfolio for this course.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on your course. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Sorry, this course is not available part-time

Foundation year

Cross-media Production 1
20 credits

This practical production module explores media production techniques in radio, audio production, online video, virtual reality and television. You will learn industry-level practical skills and develop your own professional practice through a range of production activities and workshops.

You will learn production techniques for broadcast and for online and hear from industry professionals on current and emerging best practice. By the end of this module you will be able to produce and distribute innovative media projects for specific audiences, delivered across a range of online and social networking platforms. 

Cross-media Production 2
20 credits

This practical production module explores media production techniques in journalism, public relations, and events management. The module draws together the skills needed for writing and producing content for print and online, and developing communications campaigns that connect with audiences dispersed across digital platforms. You will develop your own professional practice through a range of production activities and workshops.

You will learn new skills in multi-platform and mobile journalism and strategic communications, and hear from industry professionals on current and emerging best practice for the media and music industries. By the end of this module you will be able to produce and distribute innovative media projects for specific audiences, delivered across a range of online and social networking platforms.

Media Context and Production
20 credits

This module will familiarise you with key concepts aligned to studying media and communication. You will draw on your own production work in order to analyse issues relating to the organisation, ownership and regulation of the media industry. You will contextualise the work you have produced in the context of wider media production practices.

By the end of this module you will have undertaken research relevant to the industry sector you are seeking to develop your skills within and understood the value of seeing your own work as that which connects with specific audiences who create meaning from your and others media texts. 

Practice project
40 credits

This module is an independent study module during which you will produce a media practice project. You will present a proposal for a project, setting yourself a significant creative challenge, and work with a supervisory team to bring your work to fruition. You will draw on the production skills you have developed in earlier modules and use the project as the vehicle through which you showcase your creativity and your ability to work to professional standards.

Professional and Academic Skills
20 credits

This module will help you develop the academic skills needed to succeed in higher education, and the professional skills required to support your ambitions to be a media worker. You will build an online portfolio that will both evidence your growing skills developed across the course as a whole, and act as a showcase for the work you produce.

You will aim to build a community of interest around you and your work. You will be introduced to the wide range of academic and practical support that the university offers, and support from tutors will ensure you develop academic skills that will help you succeed as a student. You will keep an online learning diary that reflect on your development.

Year one

Researching the Media and Communication
40 credits

This module introduces you to media theory and the different research methods that you will find useful.

Professional and Academic Development
20 credits

This module is also compulsory for all Media students. It includes study skills and developing your employability, as well as a two-week placement in your first year.

Introduction to Media Contexts and Practice 1: Radio Production
20 credits

You will learn how to operate the radio studios and design your own live radio programme. You will also learn multi-track, digital audio editing (Adobe Audition) skills and how to use the University’s range of portable audio recorders and microphones. This industry standard equipment will allow you produce a short radio feature / documentary.

Introduction to Media Contexts and Practice 2
20 credits

You will choose one of the following:

  • Multiplatform Journalism
  • Music Industry Landscapes
  • Television Production
  • Introduction to Web Development
  • Events and Exhibition Planning
  • Understanding Public Relations
  • Visual Communication 
  • Photography Skills
Media Festival
20 credits

In this collaborative module you will produce media work around a particular theme.

Year two

Radio and Audio Studies
20 credits

This module builds on your previous research skills to establish a deeper awareness of the changing nature of the radio industry. Subjects such as the development of music radio, commercial and community radio practices, public service broadcasting and new platforms for radio distribution will be assessed. You will learn to engage intellectually with the issues and debates that have been raised by scholarship in radio studies.

Professional and Academic Development
20 credits

You will undertake a three-week media placement. 

Advanced Media Contexts and Practice: Live Radio, Programming and Production
20 credits

In this module you will develop production, editorial and technical skills from the previous year and apply them to a range of styles and formats of live radio programmes. You'll also learn the principles and approaches of music programming and how to write and produce radio commercials for a range of different target audiences.  

Option 1
20 credits

n this module you will choose one research option from the following specialist topics:

Gender, Sexuality and the Body; Alternative Lifestyles (Pleasure, Leisure and Taboo); Comedy in the Media and Popular Culture; Race, Ethnicity and the Media; Media and Materiality; Fandoms and Subcultures; Communities if Practice: Culture, Heritage and Space; Film Cultures; Media Censorship and Regulation and Celebrity Culture.

Option 2
20 credits

In this module you will choose one practical option from the following options:

Bi-Media drama; Television Studio; Lifestyle and Branded Media Content; Campaigning and Investigative Journalism; Music, Media and Digitalisation; Digital Content Distribution; Advanced Visual Communication; Music Industry Promotional Practices; Commercial Production for Radio; Radio Documentary; Fashion Photography; Photojournalism and PR Planning and Delivery.

Live/ Collaborative Practice/ Additional Work Placement
20 credits

In this module you will undertake a Collaborative or Live Project, working with students from elsewhere in the University, or work on a real world project. 

Year three

Major Project
60 credits

You will pursue a sustained research topic of your own design, dependent on your area of academic interest.

Professional Media Contexts and Practice: Radio Station
20 credits

You’ll learn the advanced skills needed to design a radio station for a particular audience, taking account of current changes in the radio industry.  As a professional team you will work together to operate a live radio station. 

Option 3
20 credits

In this module you will choose one option from the following topics:

Queer Studies and Popular Culture; Sex, Texts and Activism; Science-Fiction and Fantasy; Understanding Social Media; DIY Music Cultures; Media and Music Heritage and Archives; Affect, Emotion and the Media; Promotional Culture; Transnational Radio Cultures; Cinema and the Psychoanalysis; Creativity in the Media; Technology and Transmedia Storytelling; Media Activism; Media, Crime and Deviance; Global Quality Television and Digital Public Sphere.

Professional and Academic Development
20 credits

To aid your employability, you will also take Professional and Academic Development, which includes career preparation.

Across each of the undergraduate degree routes there is an equal emphasis on production, theory and professional studies.

The professional studies strand of the course prepares students for at least two placements in a media or cultural industries organisation, such as the BBC, Maverick Television, Warwickshire County Cricket Club, newspapers, magazines, PR companies and local radio stations.

Teaching is conducted across a range of environments, including radio and TV studios, editing suites, a new media production suite, a newsroom, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, and online.

Students will use blogs, create wikis and other interactive media to support their work and self-development.

All staff at the School are established media professionals who bring with them a range of expertise. They are able to recognise and respond to the rapidly changing demands of the media, ensuring that the course remains relevant to the industry.

The School maintains close contacts with a variety of media organisations including Sky, BBC, Maverick Television and Future Publishing and visiting tutors and guest speakers regularly hold master class sessions to enhance and enrich students’ learning.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

Classroom activities and projects

Students working on the third-year Radio Station module had the opportunity to ‘take over’ Scratch, the University’s award-winning student radio station. They worked as a team to programme music and run live radio shows. 

The second year Live Radio module teaches the skills needed to be a ‘real world’ live radio presenter. You get hands-on experience, using our industry standard radio studios to run a variety of live radio shows. Our tutors and guest speakers are experienced in live radio presentation and will help you to become confident announcer across a range of different radio station formats.

The third year Production Project is an opportunity for you to create a major radio related project that you design and carry out yourself.

We’ll guide you from the early stages of planning and preparation through until completion. Past students have used these projects to help secure employment in the radio industry. Previous projects have included podcasts, online radio stations, radio dramas, documentaries, talk shows, music programmes - among others.

Student stories

School of Media graduate Ben Stones now works at BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music. In this clip, Ben explains how he added to his radio skills with other specialist modules offered by the course

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

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Creative Skillset Tick

The Creative Skillset Tick is the quality mark for excellence in training courses and education in the Creative Industries. It identifies the UK’s most industry-focused courses and apprenticeships enabling universities, colleges and employers to recruit the brightest talent.

Our Creative Skillset accreditation shows that we will provide you with industry-relevant skills and good links with companies and potential employers.

The accreditation also assures employers that students graduating from our course have the levels of knowledge and skills they need.

Overseas Opportunities

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Students have the opportunity to apply to study abroad for a semester at Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Communication and Mass Media in the United States, or the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne Australia

Further Study

As a School, we invest significantly in our postgraduate provision as we recognise that more specialist and professional courses are required across the media industry. Our postgraduate courses include MA Media Production, MA Mobile and Multiplatform Journalism, MA Media and Cultural Studies, MA Future Media and MA Event, Festival and Exhibition Management.

See full list of our postgraduate media courses

Student stories James Gregory

James Gregory began preparing for his successful career in radio while still a student studying BA (Hons) Media and Communication (Radio) at the University.

As well as being involved with our student station Scratch Radio, he says the most beneficial opportunity for him was the recruitment drive that Heart West Midlands ran during his first few weeks at the University.

Enhancing your employability skills

This course is designed to help develop a career in the radio industry, whether in front of the microphone or as an editor, researcher or producer.

The first year concentrates on the fundamental skills of operating a studio and presenting a show, recording interviews, and using digital technology to edit and mix sound. In years two and three, you make music radio shows and short features, in preparation for running a live radio station at the University.

Placements

The School strongly believes in the practical application of learning and is fortunate to have very strong links with employers and the media industry. Students on placements have worked with a wide range of organisations including the BBC, Maverick Television and Endemol.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Links to industry

Our students have gained valuable work placements at a range of radio organisations, including Global Radio’s Heart FM, Free Radio, the BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 1, Radio X and at community radio across the West Midlands.

Graduate jobs

Our track record for graduate employment is excellent, with the majority of graduates going into a media-related role.

Each course opens up specific employability avenues related to the production route chosen. A high number of graduates have gone into producer/director roles, journalism, public relations, web development, as well as freelancing or owning their own business.

Alumni stories - Chloe Gorman

Chloe graduated in 2009 and is now a creative consultant at Orion Media, which owns radio stations including Free Radio and Gem106. Chloe is responsible for creating enticing material for advertisers – taking in audio, video, online and social media content.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Our Facilities

When you join Birmingham City University, the first thing you will notice is the high standard of our campuses. With an investment of £260 million across our buildings and facilities, we are committed to giving you the very best learning environment to help shape your experience.

Birmingham School of Media is recognised as a key centre of excellence in interactive media training, television production and education by Creative SkillSet, the UK Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries.

State-of-the-art facilities

You will learn in our state-of-the-art facilities - including the £62m fully-digital Media Centre - located on the City Centre Campus. You will enjoy access to extensive studio and workshop space including four TV studios, six radio studios and broadcast-standard edit suites, as well as cutting-edge equipment and software.

Facilities include the largest TV floor of any university in the UK, a ‘green screen’ and the MILO motion control camera - we are one of just two universities in Europe to offer MILO technology.

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Our Staff

Our teaching staff comprises specialists in their respective fields, including academics and industry professionals, all of whom are perfectly placed to offer a wealth of experience and knowledge. Birmingham School of Media students also benefit from access to high-profile guest speakers from across the industry.

A dynamic community that is responsive to the changing face of the media industry, Birmingham School of Media is the perfect starting point to your media career.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Head of School

Sarah is the Head of the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University. Her practice and research sits within emerging technologies and the development of immersive experiential films.

Previously, Sarah was Deputy Head of Media and Performing Arts at Coventry University and Journalism Programme Leader at University of Salford. She has largely focused on building collaborations and international partnerships. In March 2014, Sarah created the Global News Relay where a team broadcasted around the world for twelve hours collaborating with other institutions in the US, India, Australia, Malaysia, Norway.

Sarah is an Apple Distinguished Educator which puts her among a group of global leading educators experimenting and utilising technology in the classrooms. Her approach is based on mobile global collaborative learning. Funded research projects within education have used virtual reality for experiential learning in areas such as media and healthcare.

Research is focused on immersive realities (VR/AR), experiential film within 360 immersive storytelling. Sarah looks to build experiences that allow for immersion, using whatever technology she can get her hands on. She is working to define a form of film practice around immersive experiential film and play with ideas of multi sensory VR to enhance presence in an environment. Sarah is also working on a Google Digital News Initiative project, in collaboration with the Coventry Telegraph, building a VR game around the Blitz.

Sarah is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and previously served on the on the board of the Association of Journalism Educators. She is a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and holds external roles at Northampton, Leeds Trinity and an examiner for the NCTJ.

Previously, she worked for ITV as a correspondent and news anchor. Sarah has won awards for her investigative and immersive reporting. In 2007, she spent a year on secondment to New York for GMTV following Presidential candidates on the campaign trail.

Read Sarah's full profile

Sam Coley

Course Leader MA Media Production and Senior Lecturer

Sam Coley is Senior Lecturer in Radio at Birmingham City University, where he teaches radio production, online radio, documentary production, commercial production and digital audio editing. He has a background in both the UK and New Zealand radio industries and worked as Creative Director for the Northern Region of New Zealand's TRN Network.

He has worked as a radio trainer for the BBC World Service Trust and as a media consultant for CARE International and the Prison Radio Association. In 2006, 2008 and 2010 Sam travelled to Africa to work on various audio projects and research, including radio programmes and advertising campaigns designed to promote sexual health and reproduction awareness for young Ethiopians.

Sam is a radio documentary producer with an interest in the use of audio slideshows. In 2009 he produced features for BBC WM, Spin 1038 Dublin and Absolute Radio. In 2010 he was nominated as a finalist in the "Best On-line Producer" category of the UK Radio Academy's Production Awards and also worked as a freelance documentary producer for Radio New Zealand.

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Siobhan Stevenson

Lecturer in Radio Studies and Professional Development

Siobhan Stevenson is a Lecturer in Radio Studies and Professional Development at the Birmingham School of Media teaching on both the BA (Hons) Media and Communication and the Foundation Degree in Radio. 

As well as teaching across a number of areas including media theory, dissertation and project management, she also teaches Professional Media Practice and Professional Development across all media disciplines. 

As part of her Professional Practice development role, she works with partner organisations to create placement and community outreach opportunities for students in the UK and overseas.

Siobhan is also a member of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) and as such previously worked as a co-ordinator on the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Knowledge Transfer Fellowship (KTF) in New Strategies for Radio and Music Organisations.

She also hosted the Birmingham ‘Community Radio Forum Debate’, a one-off round table debate between community stations in Birmingham about current issues affecting the sector in 2010.

Siobhan has published work on the benefits of radio as a tool for rehabilitation and inclusion and is currently undertaking PhD research into translations of policy to programming in British community radio.  Her further research interests include a focus on community radio, radio programming for multicultural and diaspora communities and prison radio.

Prior to joining the School of Media, Siobhan worked in radio and television production for a number of years in both public service broadcasting (BBC) and the independent sectors, in a number of production and support roles. She also spent a year working with Screen West Midlands developing and monitoring a number of media training programmes and awarding funding to freelancers, before returning to radio. 

Whilst working for BBC network and local radio, Siobhan began to work part-time with the Birmingham School of Media and moved into academia full-time in 2010, but still contributes to content for community stations and health messages broadcast on prison radio.

Event Organisations:
  • Project Co-ordinator: AHRC KTF-New Strategies for Radio and Music Organisations
  • Co-ordinated project led by Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, liaised with four leading Fellows and external partners
  • Organised and co-ordinated final symposium
  • Forum Co-ordinator: Community Radio Forum (Birmingham)
  • Liaised with Birmingham-based community radio stations, bringing them together
  • Hosted a debate about issues effecting Community Radio Stations.
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Neil Hollins

Neil Hollins

Lecturer in Radio Production

Neil began his radio career in the late 1980s at Birmingham commercial station BRMB (now Free Radio). Prior to his move to BCU in early 2013, Neil was the Station Manager at 107.5 Switch Radio, a community radio station in north east Birmingham where he co-ordinated a ten year programme of restricted licence broadcasts – ‘RSLs’ - and a variety of radio training and school education projects that helped cement Switch as one of the most innovative community stations in the UK. He led the successful application for a 5 year Ofcom community radio licence and oversaw the subsequent launch of the station in 2010. His role encompassed a diverse range of responsibilities including programme management and production, music programming, commercial production and marketing. He secured over £1m in funding to support the organisation during his spell in charge.

Neil also has wider media experience and was responsible for the development and growth of the Tyburn Mail, a ‘hyper-local’ newspaper published to homes in the north east of Birmingham.

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Dan Whitehouse

Dan Whitehouse

Senior Technician - Radio

Dan is the senior technician for the MA Radio Production and Audio Production course. He has an extensive background as a recording studio engineer and sound editor and is a fully accredited Pro Tools audio editing tutor, passing his Pro Tools 101 and 110 courses. Dan ensures the radio studios are kept up to broadcast standard and demonstrates how to use key technical equipment such as portable audio recorders, Axia production desks and Adobe Audition digital multi-track audio editors. He has installed the University student radio station Scratch Radio, and converted the station to broadcast in DAB fidelity. He has also installed Myriad scheduling software in the radio studios. Dan’s workshop sessions and hands-on demonstrations are key to ensuring that students learn how to make the most of the University’s technical equipment.

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