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NEWS EDUCATION The bridge between training and industry T Birmingham City University upgrade S he ITTP (Institute for Training in Television Production) conference on 27th January this year was a time to listen to the concerns of both trainers and employers in the broadcast industry. The outcomes comprised of many good suggestions of how training within industry could be developed, the ITTP, after much discussion, have decided on the following key objectives. ony Professional has announced that it has worked with broadcast and professional solutions provider CVP to kit out Birmingham City University’s extensive new media facility. As part of a five-studio building project, Birmingham City University (BCU) invested in twelve Sony HXC-D70 studio cameras and twelve of Sony’s market-leading OLED professional monitors, as well as Sony switchers, audio equipment, and multi- view monitors, to create one of the leading educational and media installations in the UK. The aims: • To be able to supply accredited trainers to institutions once learning outcomes have been identifi ed. • Set training levels with consultation about achievable syllabuses, led by appropriate professional bodies within the broadcasting industry. Use this to then accredit modules within courses or standalone courses. The project was undertaken as part of a relocation and modernisation effort by the university, for three particular departments: the Faculty of Performance, Media, and English; the Faculty of Technology, Engineering, and the Environment; and the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Moving from a single-studio space to a purpose-built fi ve-studio facility was crucial for the media department in particular, with three of the fi ve studios (Studios A, C, and D) able to work together and collaborate on a single project using the latest broadcast-quality equipment. Studio B is a dedicated green screen facility for animation, while Studio E is an empty, blank-canvas space. • Use the agreed training levels to accredit people. • To encourage industry suppliers to work more with educational institutions. • To run ‘train the trainers’ courses. • To encourage other organisations and training institutions to become members of ITTP. The de facto choice for many UK broadcasters, each of the twelve HXC-D70 studio cameras for the new BCU facility feature a 2/3 inch Exmor CMOS sensor for capturing Full HD and SD images. Camera control units and RCP-1000 remote control panels were also provided with the cameras, for straightforward remote operation. You can watch a following up panel discussion with several ITTP members, the BKSTS and Sony which was recorded during BVE 2014 by scanning this QR code: 22 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 87 MARCH 2014 Following the conference meetings with the Policy Advisor, Creative Industry at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and numerous sponsors as well as meetings with Creative Skillset and with the offi ce of HRH Prince Charles to discuss the training needs and how the initiatives of the ITTP can take this forward.