Media Innovation Studio Dispatch 7th April

April 7, 2017
Andy Dickinson

Another busy week for the Media Innovation Studio Team.

John Mills ran another workshop as part of the Google DNI funded Newsthings project. Last week it was Bristol, this week Manchester. As you can see from the pics below it was a great turn out. There was lots of passionate conversation about where people get their news now and how that might change in the future. John and the Newsthings team are also in Perugia this week at the International Journalism Festival talking about the project.

This week was also a chance for colleagues in the School of Journalism, Media and performance to meet Dr John Law who is based in the studio, and find out more about his faculty role supporting new bids. John does amazing things finding and developing bids with colleagues. If you’ve ever thought of partnering with people with amazing ideas then we know loads of academics and researchers with world class skills and John is the man to make the connection. Drop us a line.

Mark Lochrie and Debbie Dearnley spent Tuesday at the Harris Maker space running three littlebits workshops. Great, noisy tech fun for kids and great to see the Harris continuing their great work getting the community engaged. It’s one of a number of events at the Harris over the half term.

Andrew Heaton continues with his plans for the Civic Drone Centre’s Drone Networking event on Thursday the 25th May.  If you’re interested in any aspect of the civilian use of drones, then it might be for you. Andrew has also been out and about at the Industry 4.0 summit in Manchester where a VR content spin-out from Teeside University called Spearhead Interactive was one of a few things that caught his eye. Oh, and if the term Industry 4.0 has you scratching your head then try this post on the fourth industrial revolution from InnovateUK. Last week’s mail also mentioned that Andrew had been working with Photography students from the MapCollective. You can see a bit more of their work exploring our impact on the environment at their MapCollective website. 

This week in the space.

Its been a bit of a quiet week in our community space this week as the semester comes to an end and people get their heads down to marking and getting everything sorted before Easter. But still loads of interesting stuff going on.

The first Monday of every month the Studio plays host to the Preston RaspberryJam (pics below). These coding and RasberryPi themed evenings have become a regular and very popular community event. You never know what’s going to appear and their lightening talks are a great way to get a feel of the range of stuff they cover.  Always fun and if you or your kids have an interest in tech or programming you should head along. The next one is on the 1st May. (you don’t need to own a pi to go!)

Tuesday saw a mix of students and staff come together for a World Cafe event focused on how we can best hear the Student Voice and encourage better dialogue with students and lecturers around courses. Lots of lively discussion.

The School of Art, Design and Fashion came in on Wednesday to look at the process of preparation for placements. We love getting students out into industry – not least because our students have some brilliant skills and ideas to share. But lot of work goes into making sure that students and employers get the best out of their placement experience.

Things that caught our eye….

Finally… It was great wander across campus the other day and come across the “Fashion Activism” work of 2nd year Fashion students on display in the PR1 Gallery. If you fancy a look the exhibition is on till the 10th April

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