Student life is a rich and enjoyable experience. Whatever your interests, you’ll find activities and events to keep you busy 24/7.
Many activities aren’t simply enjoyable – they’re also extremely valuable in developing your skills and making you more appealing to employers.
The Live Sound Society
The Live Sound Society is an extra-curricular student society developed to offer students practical employability skills. The Live Sound society offers sound reinforcement and production for music and corporate events. This is sometimes backed up with videography. Over the last seven years there has been a steady increase in the number of events and this year, students will engineer around 10 festivals and 20 other concerts. These vary in size from the third stage at Shrewsbury Folk Festival and the Real Ale stage at Acoustic Festival of Britain with around 1000 audience and a stage at Valefest, the “largest student-run festival in the UK”, to smaller pub beer garden festivals. Each requires client liaison skills and the ability to plan, set up and operate sound and lighting systems in often high pressure environments.
To reinforce these skills, students have also organised trips to trade shoes including PLASA Focus and to manufacturers like Midas, a leading mixing desk manufacturer, for specialist training.
In addition to this the School of Digital Media Technology hosts a monthly networking event for creative professionals: Creative Networks. The event is a collaboration between screen-based and sound media industries across the West Midlands and regularly attracts 100 to 200 attendees, providing an excellent opportunity for meeting professionals from across the region.