Students get taste of Commonwealth Games broadcasting at GCU

29 May 2014

BSc Audio Technology with Electronics student Mariela Masso inside the truck

BSc Audio Technology with Electronics student Mariela Masso inside the truck

Students today experienced cutting-edge technology at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) when they got a taste of working behind the scenes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

As part of the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI), NEP Visions Ltd – one of the facilities suppliers for Glasgow 2014 host broadcasters SVGTV – brought its Atlantic Outside Broadcast truck onto campus to give students and staff training in the latest HD recording and output equipment.

  They were given tours of the truck and hands-on training in the use of its vision, sound, cameras and operations facilities.

HBTI, a key Legacy 2014 programme of Glasgow 2014, has been training 37 students from GCU’s Audio Technology with Electronics and Multimedia programmes, within the School of Engineering and Built Environment, since November last year.

By giving students the chance to work at the biggest sporting event ever held in Scotland, the project aims to equip the next generation of broadcasters with the skills and experience to cover major sports and music events.

GCU student Sophie Whiteford, who is studying a BSc in Audio Technology with Electronics, said: “It’s very hard to get opportunities in broadcasting so, in addition to the course, something like this presents a valuable, once-in-a-lifetime chance to be involved in such a global event.”

Projects such as this, that aim to leave behind a lasting legacy following the Games, are a main focus for the organisers.

So far, the students have received broadcast training and work experience to prepare them to work alongside industry professionals when the Games come to Glasgow next month.

The initiative is jointly managed and delivered by SVGTV and Creative Loop, Scotland’s talent development hub for the creative media industries.

GCU Senior Lecturer Patrick Quinn has been working with Creative Loop and SVGTV to ensure students are ready to support and work alongside professional technicians and sound engineers over the course of the 11 days of the competition, covering 19 venues across the city.

He said: “The HBTI has been a unique opportunity for GCU students to gain experience and an insight into the fascinating world of TV sports production at one of the world's largest sporting events. The plan is now for GCU to build on this to create a broadcasting engineering legacy for Scotland and we have exciting ideas on that front… watch this space!”

Paul Zealey, Head of Engagement and Legacy at Glasgow 2014, said: “Glasgow 2014 is delivering a tangible skills and employability legacy from the Games. We are delighted to be able to work with colleges and universities across Scotland and our delivery and funding partners to ensure that students’ training, industry experience and future career prospects are all enhanced because of the Games.”

Helliate Rushwaya, Project Manager at Creative Loop, said: “Working with SVGTV and their suppliers such as NEP Visions on the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative is providing a fantastic opportunity for students to get meaningful hands on experience. This will provide an invaluable skills legacy for the broadcast and television production industry in Scotland beyond Glasgow 2014."

Brian Clark, Commercial and Technical Projects Director for NEP Visions, said: “We are very keen to support any training initiatives for students regarding the media industry. I’m delighted to be here at GCU to help HBTI in doing just that.”