BBC (again), ESD, Game Republic student success and City of Film

Another week, another BBC event. Well two actually. A quick tour and meeting some people at the BBC in Leeds last Monday as part of my new Yorkshire RAC role, and then attending a consultation event about the BBC Asian Network. That was an interesting way to start the week, and I’m already learning a lot about how the BBC works both locally and nationally.

On Tuesday we had a meeting with Tom, Deb and Jeni from the NMeM regarding BAF 2010. They’ve already got some great speakers lined up, but that’s under wraps for now. Plans look good for this year, we even more planned to be held here at the University.

Sumo Digital Game Technology award 1st Prize Winners

Sumo Digital Game Technology award 1st Prize Winners

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get to the Game Republic Showcase in Huddersfield. This was a real shame this year as our students did extremely well, scooping up the Game Technology award and runners up prizes for Best Team, Game Art and Game Design. They were the only team to be in the top three for all categories, which just goes to show the breadth of the talent there. Well done to all involved.

Wednesday was the ‘Education for Sustainable Development Pioneer Showcase’, and it was great to see so many projects under the Ecoversity banner across the University. This was closely followed by the Deisgn Show from EDT, which had some really interesting projects on show, not least of which was a ‘restored’ dalek originally made by some of our students!

Thursday was of course Celebrating Diversity Day, which I only managed to make the early part of due to other commitments. So worst of all I missed out on all the interesting food, which as you’ll probably know was particularly upsetting for me.

And so to Friday, and the City of Film board meeting. As usual this was a good meeting, and although this project has really had relatively little funding it’s achieved great things in the last year (not least because of the enthusiasm and drive of Peg as the director). The one big worry at the moment is whether the project can continue to deliver in the tough times ahead as no doubt the small funding that’s there at the moment will be squeezed as people prioritise what little there is in their budgets. Fingers crossed as being the world’s first UNESCO City of Film is something that the City really needs to make the most of.

After that it was good to have a three day weekend.