UWE Bristol signs agreement to continue successful partnership with BBC

Issue date: 15 February 2016

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is among five organisations in the city to have agreed to continue a thriving partnership with the BBC.

UWE Bristol, along with the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council, Bristol Media and the Watershed arts centre, has signed an agreement to work closely with the BBC for the next three years. The partnership is aimed at continuing to improve the creative profile of the city, develop media talent and increase collaboration and innovation.

The signing of the “memorandum of understanding” on Saturday was the third consecutive agreement of its type and will build on a successful six years of partnership between the BBC and its partners in Bristol.

Signatories to the agreement were Lynn Barlow, Director Creative Industries, UWE Bristol; Helen Boaden, Director of Radio and BBC England; Pat Connor, Head of Development and Events BBC England; George Ferguson CBE, Mayor of Bristol; Nicola Yates OBE, City Director, Bristol City Council; Dick Penny, Managing Director, Watershed; Paul Appleby, Chair, Bristol Media; and Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of Bristol.

Lynn Barlow said: “The BBC partnership is a force for good in the city and enables us at UWE Bristol to work alongside the very best creative talent to ensure our students understand the world of work and the demands of the their chosen careers.”

Helen Boaden said: “I am delighted to sign a new BBC Bristol City Partnership Memorandum of Understanding between the BBC and five key local organisations. Our collective ambition is to continue to build on the creative profile of the city, aiming to increase creative media talent at every level and become an even more networked and collaborative partnership.”

In signing the agreement, the members of the BBC Bristol Partnership indicated their intention to play an active role in delivering a city-wide collaboration which seeks to deliver the following:

Talent Action Group: The goal of the BBC Bristol Partnership Talent Action Group is to co-ordinate activities, encourage engagement and disseminate information to support the development of creative media talent in the city of Bristol at every level (school, college, university, industry). To achieve this, the partnership sets out to align resources and improve communications amongst partners so that we achieve maximum collective impact. With an emphasis on inclusion and outreach, the group recognises that a strong talented creative economy is open and inclusive and so widening participation and diversity are at the heart of the Talent Action Group.

Partnership Action Group: The partners will work together to identify, share and amplify partnership opportunities. The partners will make connections across the creative sector and wider industries in order to support and build on Bristol's recognized position as a centre of excellence for cross platform media production and innovation. Recognising that the BBC and its partners are part of a rich ecology, the Partnership Action Group will actively share information, highlight synergies and connect people. It aims to engage and collaborate with initiatives that support and further develop the creative economy of the region.

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