University of Lincoln has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. TEF is an independent assessment of teaching quality, student support and graduate success in Higher Education. A gold rating means our university degree courses are of the highest quality found in the UK.
News from the digital culture website 1215.Today about its latest commissioned artwork. HistoLyrical released on http://1215today.com/histolyrical-artwork/ today (7 June at 12-noon). The site has an interview with the artists, Ben Peppiatt and Stephanie Bickford-Smith, about their online work that developed from asking young people “is the hysteria of social media compromising freedom of thought?” HistoLyrical explores how social media influences people’s thought processes through subliminal messages.
The online experience is described as taking viewers ‘on a very different kind of train journey. Gazing out of a train window and lulled by a trance-enducing soundtrack, our thoughts are interrupted, hijacked by the random thoughts and ruminations of others by a stream of words layered over our view. We are given the choice to abandon ourselves to these random musings or take control and banish them with a click of a button.’ The artists feel that “Social media sites are super efficient platforms that aid connectivity and information exposure. Increasingly they are becoming our gateway to the internet. However these sites are designed for consumption rather than contemplation, with HistoLyrical we are interested in questioning the impact this has upon our ability to think and process information coherently and what a more contemplative solution inspired by offline behaviours could look like.” Continue reading
Congratulations to multiple award winning filmmaker Dr. Mikey Murray, lecturer in Film Production and Screenwriting at LSFM, for his latest short Natalie (2017) to be screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) 2017. He posted on social media that he was “absolutely thrilled to announce that Natalie will have its world premiere in competition at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 24th.” Writer and Director Mikey is pictured on-location with actress Kate Dickie (aka Lysa Arryn in Game of Thrones, 2011-14) who played the lead role. She has been involved with the story for many years and Mikey’s idea was a 2015 Kick- starter project. Kate said: “I was drawn to the script of Natalie because I love Mikey’s writing – it’s really honest, raw and truthful. I loved the story and subject matter of the film.”
The Scottish film – about ‘a transexual who travels home to her father’s funeral in order to gain closure with her prejudiced family’ – is in the EIFF Best Short Film category. Mikey, founder of Indie-Lincs international film festival, has been selected to take part in the EIFF Talent Lab development sessions to support aspiring film- makers. Mikey said: Of course, I’d like to dream that I have some brilliant individual talent as a screenwriter and filmmaker, but the truth is that I have only ever made successful work through meeting and working with hugely talented collaborators. I was able to cast Game of Thrones actor, Kate Dickie in my short film recently because my high school friend (who I still work with) was able to put my screenplay in her hands. Continue reading
Congrats! LSFM Graduate success was at the Lincolnshire Digital & Tech Awards 2017 category: Best Use of Multimedia. Visit Lincoln won for its brand campaign created with Wallbreaker - a video agency run by LSFM 2014 media production alumni Thomas Mckie, Ashley Wilks and Luke Winter who said: We’re chuffed! A lot of hard work went into that campaign. Ash is pictured left of Lydia Rusling, Head of Visit Lincoln.
Runner-up in this category was epix_media, a company set up by 2007 alumni who’re co-directors Zoe Easey and Will King. Story about the awards is in The Lincolnite where images were taken by 2012 graduate Steve Smailes a freelance photographer and he is one of our inspirational LSFM Industry Mentors. Watch Visit Lincoln: Heritage video from Wallbreaker Productions.
Wallbreaker posted on its site that Visit Lincoln: commissioned the creation of three individual videos that would be used as social media marketing tools, with an aim to encourage people to consider Lincoln as their next possible place to explore. Continue reading
It is Mental Health Awareness Week (8th-14th May 2017). Two out of three adults will face mental health problems in their life, from a panic attack to depression, with “younger generations more impacted” according to the Mental Health Foundation. The Uni of Lincoln has the Student Wellbeing Centre [Twitter @UniofLincolnSWC] and SU Welfare services [01522 837000 | firstname.lastname@example.org] for under and postgraduates to contact confidentially.
For staff the University of Lincoln Wellbeing said: Come and join our free events taking place throughout Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 promoting Surviving or Thriving? Learning techniques and methods to deal with stress and anxiety can help to relieve the symptoms. During this week you will have the opportunity to discover more about mental health; find out what you can do to build mental resilience; explore how to reduce stress; and experience how laughter yoga can improve your wellbeing. Continue reading
CONGRATS to all involved in winning at the NHS NSU Awards 2017 for the KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) at Rampton Hospital. The KTP project was to develop an interactive radio drama model that would help create innovative research with ‘Dialectical Behaviour Therapy’. Dr Sarah Barrow, Deputy Head College of Arts at the University of Lincoln: Rose Braisby is a 2013 Graduate of Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media Production, specialised in radio) – she was appointed as the KTP Associate working within Rampton Hospital with patients and staff in some very challenging – and rewarding – situations. LSFM’s Dylan Roys was the Academic lead for the project, supporting Rose every step of the way. Thank you to everyone who supported this project.”
Dylan said: Our KTP project at Rampton Hospital won the National Health and Wellbeing Initiative at the NHS National Service User Awards 2017 – it is really big deal in the NHS and the first time Rampton has won something as big as this.” Rose tweeted: After a lot of hard work from all involved, so proud to have led this project! Well done all in making this a success!
#NSUA2017 Rose is working part-time as an Associate Lecturer in the College of Arts.
University of Lincoln celebrates ten years of Healthy Campus and Wellbeing Week. This year it will run from 6th to 10th March 2017.
Claire Bell, Head of Equality & Engagement said: A culture of wellbeing is one of our University key performance indicators, and for 10 years we have worked together to deliver against this objective and provide a full week’s worth of sports and wellbeing related activities for all staff and students to take advantage of. As a key sponsor of this annual event I am proud that we celebrate our 10th Anniversary.
This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our colleagues, who have worked over the years to build cross organisational partnerships, and actively contribute to make this annual event possible.
All at the University can find out more: http://healthycampus.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk
Today is graduation day for the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media final year students. Head of LSFM Dr. Sarah Barrow said: “Good luck to all our graduands and look forward to seeing you at 7.30pm today!” At the lovely Lincoln Cathedral our graduands will receive their degree certificates along with high profile Honorary Graduates, like acclaimed TV and film producer Tony Garnett in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the industry. Tony said he likes visiting the University of Lincoln and “I probably get more from talking to the students in the Film and Media Department than they get from me. You always learn from students.”
UPDATE post-LSFM graduation! After receiving his Doctor of Arts Honorary Award Tony said to our alumni audience “I congratulate them and I wish them success and self-fulfilment in their work, too.” Continue reading
University of Lincoln School of Film and Media final year students will showcase their creative work at the Lincoln Theatre Royal THIS weekend, and YOU are invited. It is the first time the historic city venue has staged a two-day multimedia exhibition by third year undergraduates and it is the first time the annual event is off-campus. The LSFM Degree Show is an opportunity for the public to see original, experimental and creative content in the Grade II listed theatre: from pop-up spaces like the Writers’ Room and take part in script reading to dressing rooms transformed into individual cinema booths. Screenings will be in the 450-seat Victorian auditorium, also above and below the stage will be design and digital exhibitions. Even the bar will turn into a gallery and backstage a sound and radio installation space. The LSFM Degree Show is FREE and open to the public on Saturday 11am-7pm & Sunday 11am-4pm. Wheelchair access is limited to the ground floor and some content may not be suitable for children. Here’s the programme and this is the LSFM Degree Show trailer. Music by our 2012 audio production graduate Simon Ross.
1215.today is a major LSFM/Arts Council project that commemorates 800 years of the Magna Carta with an online platform that gives young people (aged 14-24) a space to debate and create. Organisers said: We are inviting a filmmaker, animator or artist / maker / practitioner working with moving image to work with us in the development of a new artistic digital commission. Artists do not need to have previous experience in working online as they will be supported through the process by expert creative technologists. Artists will need to be open to new ways of working and welcome critical conversation and collaboration, particularly with young people. By looking, listening and talking about societal and individual rights explored across the breadth of art forms, we aim to agitate and engage young people to create work about big issues. Here are the 1215Today Film Commission application details. Deadline is 8th May 2016. Read more on the 1215.today webpage about the commissioning process, £10k fee offered to the artist and the terms. Continue reading