Study at University Centre Grimsby

One day some undergraduates seem to have a wake up call and realise the degree they chose to commit their life to is not what they expected it to be and so have a dilemma as to what to do next.

Many have chosen their degree, not by its reputation or facilities, but by location. The city/town is known for its excellent clubs/bars or shopping. Or it’s close to where boy/girlfriend is studying. How many actually choose the degree for what it’s worth and where it will take them next?

I’ve written here before about how Grimsby has an image issue. People assume because it’s called Grimsby, that it’s actually grim here or that because it’s at the end of the M180, it’s the road to nowhere. It’s believed to have been named after its founder, a Danish fisherman called Grim who in folklore rescued Prince Havelok from the North Sea. Grimsby, like many places in the UK, has its downside. The upside is, that it is cheap to live, travelling is not an issue as everything is close by and within walking distance. Cleethorpes and its golden beach are down the road, Hull and its nightlife are over the river and the rolling Wolds are a stone’s throw away.

It is a friendly town and people always seem willing to chat and strike up conversations.  Speak to the students and they’ll tell you about the Multi-Platform Journalism programme and the reasons why they chose it.

And so many famous people have come from the town or chosen to live in the vicinity – John Hurt, Julie Peasgood, Chubby Brown, Johnny Leeze to name but a few.

And now the town has its own University Centre, a fantastic new building to house the Institute’s university programmes. It is bright, light and spacious. On the ground floor there is a cafe and coffee lounge/bar. There is a well stocked library which is open 24 hours a day.

On the media floor we have two TV studios – one green screen and a soft studio using Tricaster. There is a radio studio and multi-platform newsroom complete with ENPS, Final Cut Pro and the undergrads learn not only how to audio and video equipment to shoot and edit but also how to use their smart devices.

It’s an exciting course for all things social, digital, media, journalism and iPhone! Plus there are plenty of opportunities for work placements – Grimsby Telegraph, BBC Hull (Look North and Radio Humberside), Seven TV – all of whom have employed ex students too.

As people start to go into clearing then if you have 240 UCAS points then apply for this course. Our external examiner  Chris Walton, Project Editor of the BBC College of Journalism recently said at an exam board that this course prepares students to hit the ground running. As he called them, they’re oven ready! So if you want to learn the skills to become oven ready then give us a call!

Call 01472 311222  for more information and an application form.

The Grimsby Institute, Nuns Corner, GrimsbyLincolnshire Wolds

Riverhead, Grimsby

St James Minster, Grimsby


Cleethorpes Camera Club

Last night I gave a talk to members of Cleethorpes Camera Club’s video section about my career as a video journalist and lecturer of media.

The average age must have been 60ish and I was extolling the virtues of social media and how it was a great way to engage with people globally. The club has its own youtube channel, but has not posted many items on it. Apart from friends, family and the club’s own in-house competitions; their material never gets a public viewing.

I asked them why they made films if people – an audience – were not going to engage with them. Ok, so they enjoy making films – travelogues, news items – and it is a hobby for these people, but surely you want others to see your work then for it to fester away somewhere.

And that is where social media can be used. I was encouraging them to use Twitter and get a Facebook page, as a means of sharing their hard labours with a greater audience. They said some of the their films were ten minutes – I suggested they repackage them in to bite size chunks.

The members had plenty of questions to ask about the kit I used (Sony Z1 and Final Cut Pro) and the types of stories I’ve covered and how I’ve treated them. They also wanted to know about legalities and ethics of filming and how I got consents. They were a great audience and enthusiastic to learn more.

However, the club is in jeopardy and needs funding to keep going. It seems not many young people want to join clubs now. They’re probably happiest sat at times playing with the cameras and edit suites – if they do that at all. If you can help the club then please get in touch with them – see the link below to their website.