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DOORS OPEN TO HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS AT MEDIACITYUK


Today (Tuesday, 4 October), the University of Salford threw open the doors of its new MediaCityUK facility to hundreds of students as teaching started for the first time.


Among the 9.00am starts were those studying broadcast systems and digital audio technologies. Overall 1,500 students and staff will be based for all or part of the time at the new building.


Sited next door to the main BBC buildings which contain six national departments including Sport, Children’s and Five Live, the University facility is also close to the many digital and creative businesses located in the Greenhouse.


To take advantage of this growing media hub in Salford, and help secure further research and placement opportunities, the University has formed partnerships with a number of major digital and media companies: including Adobe, Avid, and Carnegie Mellon University in the USA.


New student Antonia Bolcas, who’s studying journalism and broadcasting, is hoping to use these partnerships to her advantage. “MediaCityUK is one of the reasons why I chose Salford University, along with its good connections with the BBC,” she said.


“The building is very striking and impressive – it’s like nothing I’ve seen before in my life! I’m really looking forward to studying here and hope to use the opportunities available to


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The new facility boasts workspaces such as HD TV studios, radio broadcast studios, an immersive research facility, a digital media and performance lab and integrated post- production facilities at the very cutting edge of what is used in industry


“I think the building is amazing and very high tech – it gives students the chance to see what it would be like working in the industry,” said Kirsty Hunt, who’s studying TV and radio production.


And for Dr Andrew Cooper, the Academic Director of MediaCityUK, the first day of teaching marked a major milestone in the development of the whole site. He said: “For me, the excitement of today is the students arriving and making the whole of the MediaCityUK environment come to life.”


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