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07.04.08
Falmouth Broadcasting student bags prestigious Radio Award

Matthew Rogers (left) and Professor Sean StreetUniversity College Falmouth continues to justify its place as one of the top educational institutions for Media in the country with yet another of its students picking up a prestigious national award. Matthew Rogers, a third year BA(Hons) Broadcasting student has won the Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio with his radio feature, A Long Commute, which tells the stories of immigrant land workers from Eastern Europe as they set about earning a living in the UK.

"The prize is great and I'm really happy that the judges enjoyed the stories of the people in my documentary feature," said Matthew. "They are an interesting group who quietly work very hard." The judges praised the programme 'as a refreshing snapshot of lives we over-report but don't really know.' The award was presented earlier this month at Bournemouth's Miramar hotel in celebration of the fourth annual Charles Parker Day.

Charles Parker was an internationally respected radio and theatre producer who believed passionately in the value of the testimony of working people and the creative importance of 'the oral tradition' and its relationship to folk music. This became the key feature of his work in radio, theatre and extensive teaching activities.

The Charles Parker Prize for Student Radio was established by the Centre for Broadcasting History Research at Bournemouth University, in association with BBC Radio and the Charles Parker Archive at Birmingham Central Library. The prize consists of a two-week work placement with the BBC Radio Documentaries Unit, and a cheque for £500.

The judges were Creative Director, BBC Radio Documentaries and Features, Simon Elmes; Editor of Network Radio, BBC Bristol, Clare McGinn; and The Observer's Radio Critic, Miranda Sawyer.

Their comments ranged from 'This was a captivating piece of work' and 'I didn't want it to end', 'It was a real snapshot of other people's lives', 'I felt for the speakers', to 'The pace was really excellent. It left me with a lot of pictures in my head and a much better understanding of the Latvians: a good sign I feel' and 'All in all, a very good atmospheric piece of radio'.

"It is hard to imagine praise more desirable, than to have a piece of my work associated with the legacy of Charles Parker," added Matthew. "The project itself gives voice to the immigrant workers who play such a silent and integral part in the farming industry in Cornwall and I am honoured to have received the opportunity to record and relate part of their story. For the award itself I am enormously grateful to Course Leader of BA(Hons) Broadcasting, RussellClarke, for his firm hand and encouragement in orienting the project."

Paul Inman, Director of Media, said: "University College Falmouth is recognised nationally as a hotbed of radio talent and in 2009 we will be launching our new Foundation Degree in Radio where staff and students will be able to work alongside their local community to jointly run a new radio station in Penryn."

University College Falmouth is part of the Cornwall Skillset Media Academy, which celebrates innovation and creativity through the close collaboration between education and business, building on strong existing partnerships of broadcasters, training organisations and media production companies.

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education. The CUC is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

The College has recently merged with Dartington College of Arts, which adds exciting new opportunities in Choreography, Music and Theatre to its existing portfolio of Art, Design and Media.

For further information please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792 or email jilly.easterby@falmouth.ac.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC.

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