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Hop on board the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus with Sony

Sony has recently announced that it is partnering with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, providing production equipment and expertise that will help the development of core skills around music, video and digital production as part of its commitment to student skills and media education.

The bus is supported by Yoko Ono Lennon who recently unveiled the new initiative in Liverpool, hometown of the Beatles. The bus has embarked on a European tour, travelling across the continent to visit schools, colleges, community centres, libraries and other locations. It will provide young people with free, hands-on opportunities to produce music, videos, photos, game apps and media projects within the bus’ mobile recording studio.

Students need help to fulfill dreams of studying abroad

New research from a UK visa application help website has found that a third of school leavers would be interested in studying abroad, but despite 34% expressing an interest, only 11% would take firm steps to try and do so.

The study, conducted by polled 1,140 UK school leavers aged 16 and over as part of research into the appeal of studying abroad. The United States, France and Australia ranked amongst the most desirable places to visit and when the results were split between the sexes, the study suggested that girls would be the most keen to go abroad to learn with 41% displaying an interest, compared to only 27% of boys.

Despite the positive interest in working abroad, when asked if they would seriously take steps to go ahead only 11% said ‘yes’, with 20% stating ‘probably not’ and the remaining 59% responding with a firm ‘no’.

Gary Smith of isn’t shocked by the findings: “Economic gloom seems to permanently embrace Britain at the moment, so it’s no great surprise that school leavers are eyeing up the opportunity to get away from it all.”

He continued: “There’s no better time to travel or experience a different culture than when you’re young. And if you can do so within the security of an international student programme, with all the support that that brings, then that’s all the better. Living abroad can do wonders to boost your self confidence and expand your horizons, so it’s something that I would advise all school leavers to seriously consider. Visa applications need not be a difficult process and should definitely never be a barrier to experiencing new countries and cultures.”


As part of Sony’s commitment to the education and development of media professionals, as well as its focus on corporate social responsibility, the company is providing a range of production equipment and integration services to the bus. These include: 3D and HD camera kits, field production audio kits and studio production equipment. In addition, Sony-trained specialists will be on hand to help students get to grips with the technology and discuss the skills needed to produce and broadcast digital content. “We are extremely proud to be associated with the work of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus,” said David Bush, Marketing Director at Sony Europe.

“With our sponsorship of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, we are not only providing the very latest, high-end equipment, we are also working closely with the Lennon Bus Europe to ensure the students that visit the bus get the most out of the technology, understand the skills required to produce top quality content, and feel inspired to pursue careers in media production in the long term.” The initiative follows the success of the US Lennon Bus, which first hit the road 16 years ago and was nurtured and developed by Yoko Ono Lennon.

Like its original sister bus in the US, the Lennon Bus Europe will be staffed by a crew of three producer/engineers, and will be providing free tours and workshops to young people.

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UK’s biggest autistic art competition launched

CREATE! Art for Autism 2013 was launched recently at the Houses of Parliament, attracting an audience of politicians, judges and a variety of people from the autistic community to celebrate creative talent and to get the UK’s largest autistic art competition underway. The competition inspires young people between 11 and 25 with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Asperger’s Syndrome to celebrate their creativity and dispell several myths on autism. CREATE! Art for Autism started three years ago and organisers are hoping to reach 1,000 entries this year across five categories – 2D art; 3D art; digital photography; digital animation; and poetry, with prizes for the individual winners and their schools.

The competition is the brainchild of Wales-based Ludlow Orbis Group which operates a number of specialist residential schools and colleges in Wales for those with an ASC and Asperger’s Syndrome. Ludlow Orbis Group Director of

Education Services Darren Jackson said: “CREATE is all about the creativity of the autistic community, not their condition. Last year we had entries from Sheffield and the Isle of Wight, and in 2011 as far afield as India and Croatia, and we are looking to get to 1,000 entries this year to make it the best celebration possible.”

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