The University of Salford is the first higher education institution in Greater Manchester to sign a partnership agreement with the BBC - which will open up new pathways into employment in the media industry and develop new talent within the region.
The agreement will include new joint courses such as BSc Digital Broadcast Technology, enterprise training for undergraduate Salford students, and student placements within the BBC.
The Corporation is moving to Salford in 2011 and is creating a modern, multimedia broadcast and production centre in the North of England as part of moves to better reflect and represent the whole of the UK. The University of Salford is planning an ambassadorial presence alongside the BBC at Salford Quays.
The partnership between the University and the BBC will help to identify new talent, focus on learning and development, build relationships within communities and develop clear pathways into the BBC and the wider industry.
Vice-Chancellor of Salford University, Professor Michael Harloe said: “Salford University is at the heart of MediaCityUK and we are committed to developing our close partnership with the BBC. These strong links will enable us to nurture our staff and students’ talent across the University, and develop an effective future workforce for the region.”
The new centre at MediaCityUK in Salford will be home to around 2,400 BBC staff. Five key London-based departments, including two TV channels and two radio stations, will be making their new homes in Salford: BBC Children’s, BBC Formal Learning, BBC Future Media and Technology, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Sport.
The BBC’s Jenny Lawrence is heading up the Corporation’s move to the north and the University of Salford’s Professor Laurie Wood is the institution’s strategic lead for the MediaCityUK project.
Margaret McClelland, Development Executive, BBC Project North, said: “We are delighted to have signed a partnership agreement with the University of Salford. The new centre in Salford will be a test bed for how we want the whole of the BBC to work in the 21st century.”