28 November 2012
Student of the Year Tom Williams
The next generation of screenwriting talent was celebrated at the annual end of year awards for GCU’s flagship MA TV Fiction Writing course.
Graduates of the 2011/2012 programme gathered alongside scholars enrolled for 2012/2013, for the event, which was hosted by BBC Scotland and was attended by a number of industry partners.
The new students are following in the footsteps of success stories such as Mark Stevenson, one of only eight people this year to be offered a place on the prestigious BBC Writers Academy in London.
Others have gone on to write for Waterloo Road and Hollyoaks, and have enjoyed success with plays at the Edinburgh Festival.
It was announced during the celebration that lecturer and respected scriptwriter Ann Marie Di Mambro has been appointed an Honorary Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, Media and Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University.
For the past three years, Professor Di Mambro has been instrumental in the establishment of the groundbreaking course, which was set up with widespread support from the television industry including Shed Warner, Fremantle, BBC Scotland and MG Alba.
The MA TV Fiction Writing at GCU is the only dedicated full-time postgraduate course of its type in the UK. GCU has worked with leading partners in the sector, including Eileen Gallagher and Ann McManus from Shed Media, to create an intensive one-year course for aspiring drama writers from all backgrounds.