Uni of Lincoln | Gold Award, Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

Uni of Lincoln was ranked as one of the 59 Gold standard Higher Education providers – from 295 that entered the TEF – and you can read the news story here. 

LSFM Student Trip: Peru 17 | Media Literacy, Challenges Abroad UK

Peru_student_trip_11The challenge to support kids in Peru to create any form of media was taken up by some LSFM student volunteers. Amy-Louise Knowles, Harry Marshall, Holly McGratten, Joanne Newton, Yve Odell, Ellie Plummer, Katie Sharpe and Matt Snellin managed to raise a massive £20,000+ for an overseas opportunity. Now in June they are seeing projects their fundraising went to support – and to get creative in South America!

Joanne Newton blogged on Day One and Two: “Where do I start? After a 26 hour travel consisting of buses, planes, more planes and more buses, we finally arrived in Cusco … I was so excited to be somewhere so different and new, to be pushed outside of my comfort zone.” 

Challenges Abroad UK, support the FutureSense Foundation charity’s work, offer student placements. The Peruvian challenge was ‘help teach media literacy to disadvantaged youth and give them the platform to express themselves while exploring all the beauty Peru has to offer’. University of Lincoln College of Arts Deputy Head Dr Sarah Barrow said: The students did so well to raise around £2.5k each towards the costs and a donation to the charity. LSFM offered £150 bursary to each student. The first batch of photos appeared from the LSFM student team’s charity media adventure with kids in the Andes.

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1215.Today NEW Artwork | HistoLyrical Online 7 June 2017

1215Today_MagnaCartaNews 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.

Histolyrical-image-from-AnnJonesThe 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

Dr Mikey Murray, LSFM | Film @ Edinburgh International Film Fest

Dr.MikeyMurray-onlocation-NatalieCongratulations 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

LSFM Shows | 26 May-9 June: Ruddocks; New Theatre Royal; & Odeon

Lincoln School of Film & Media takes over the City from Friday 26th May until 9th June! FREE shows for everyone to enjoy are part of the Lincoln Festival of Creativity (FOC). Engage. Explore. Imagine.

See shows of final year students in Contemporary Lens Media (CLM) / Photography at Ruddocks of Lincoln; Media & Audio Production, Film and TV at New Theatre Royal; Animation in the Odeon Lincoln Wharf and on-campus at Brayford Pool. Continue reading

Prof Dave Boothroyd | Exhibition: Sharing Extreme Circumstances

An exhibition exploring the online relationships and behaviour of people affected by extreme circumstances was on display, last month, at Lincoln Drill Hall.  A series of portrait photographs, by artist Anton Want, and thought-provoking statements formed part of a wider collaborative research project, called A Shared Space & A Space for Sharing.

Dave Boothroyd, Professor of Media and Culture at LSFM is pictured and he leads the research about online illicit drug use. University of Lincoln PR officer Laura Jones covered the story: The project explores what information people choose to share online when they find themselves in difficult and dangerous circumstances, such as natural disasters, life-threatening illness and illicit drug use. It considers what this teaches us about how trust and empathy are established and maintained in online relationships, and how sharing, trust and empathy work in the offline world. The project is being carried out by the University of Lincoln in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, University of Edinburgh, University of Warwick, University of Nottingham and King’s College London. Continue reading

LSFM Alumni Success | 2017 Lincolnshire Digital & Tech Awards

Lincs-digital&techAwards2017-SteveSmailesphotoCongrats! 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

4-week Festival of Creativity, Lincoln | 12 May – 9 June 2017

FestofCreativity-2017-LOGOLincoln is hosting its first, FREE, Festival of Creativity (FOC), organised by the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts. The four-week fest (12th May-9th June) is to showcase and celebrate the emerging creative talent in the city – bringing together a wide range of disciplines through a series of exhibitions, talks and performances for everyone to ‘engage, explore, imagine’. The festival hosts a number of signature events, with advice from leading creative industry experts exploring the wider debate about the importance of the arts in contemporary society.

Final year students from across the College of Arts will celebrate the culmination of three years of study, sharing their work in respective Degree Shows in venues across the city, from art exhibitions and fashion shows to interactive displays and theatrical performances. See the FOC Lincoln School of Film & Media site. LSFM Interim Head Richard Vickers said: We believe graduates should be skilled in communication, be instinctively collaborative, entrepreneurial and inherently interdisciplinary in their approach Our students learn through projects that have social and cultural capital, exploring creative approaches to challenges and applying design thinking as a process for developing solutions.   LSFM showcase 29th May 11am-7pm at New Theatre Royal, Lincoln LN2 1JJ | Follow @LSFMshow 

FOC Website |  FOC Twitter @FestCreativity | FOC Instagram @festivalofcreativity 

Mental Health Awareness Week | 8-14 May 2017

MentalHealthAwarenessWeek-blogIt 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 | advice@lincolnsu.com] for under and postgraduates to contact confidentially.

For staff the University of Lincoln Wellbeing saidCome 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

2 LSFM Academics | Part of BAFTSS ‘Best Edited Collection’ Award

LastingScreenStars_BookCheers! Congratulations to LSFM Academics Dr Antonella Palmieri and Dr Gábor Gergely on being part of the book that has won the prestigious BAFTSS (British Association for Film, TV and Screen Studies) Awards 2017 prize for ‘Best Edited Collection Winner’. Dr Gergely said: “All I did was write an essay. The hard work was done by the editors.”

In the award-winning book Lasting Screen Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure (2016, Palgrave Macmillan) – by Lucy Bolton at Queen Mary University of London and Julie Lobalzo Wright from the University of Warwick – you can read Antonella’s essay, Chapter 3: Sophia Loren and the Healing Power of Female Italian Ethnicity in Grumpier Old Men and Gábor’s essay is Chapter 4: Cutting a Dash in Interwar Hungary: Pál Jávor’s Enduring Stardom.