Futures Festival – Programme

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‘This is what success looks like’

The Futures Festival is a three-day event offering our final year Institute of the Arts students the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, meet potential employers and attend employability and enterprise workshops.

Event Programme (for more information please scroll down)

The Careers and Employability Service will be in the reception area at Brampton Road every day of the Futures Festival, from 10am – 4pm. Drop in to see us if you have any questions!

Tuesday 14th February:

12.00pm – 2.00pm – Careers Fair and Networking Event (open to all Institute of the Arts students) – Vallum Galley. 

2.00pm – 5.00pm – Employability and Enterprise workshops with visiting industry speakers.

5.30pm – 6.30pm – Mini Film Festival with a red carpet film screening of four award winning student productions with popcorn and refreshments – Lecture Theatre 3.

6.30pm – 10.00pm – Celebration Evening with live music and performances from students & alumni, featuring Hardwicke Circus and Holiday Band – Vallum Gallery.

Wednesday 15th February:

10.00am – 1.00pm – Employability and Enterprise workshops with visiting industry speakers.

2.00pm – 5.00pm – Media Arts Industry Expert Lectures – Lecture Theatre 3.

2.00pm – 4.00pm – Live stream replay of Complicite’s ‘Beware of Pity’ at the Barbican in London – Lecture Theatre 1.

5.30pm – 6.30pm – Undergraduate to Postgraduate Seminar – Lecture Theatre 3.

6.30pm – 8.00pm – Undergraduate to Postgraduate Social Event – Vallum Gallery.

Thursday 16th February:

10.00am – 1.00pm – Performing Arts Industry Expert Lectures – Lecture Theatre 3.

2.00pm – 5.00pm – Art & Design Industry Expert Lectures – Lecture Theatre 3.

5.30pm – 10.00pm – Closing Party with live music and performances from students & alumni featuring WeAreQuasars – Vallum Gallery.

 

Careers Fair and Networking Event

Tuesday 14 February 2017 – 12pm to 2pm – Vallum Gallery

There are a range of employers exhibiting at the Careers Fair offering graduate jobs, summer opportunities, creative competitions and other opportunities across a range of sectors.

Exhibiting Employers:

  • American Summers
  • Camp Cumbria
  • Choose Cumbria
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Equity
  • Fika Apps
  • Inspira
  • Link Recruitment
  • NXT Recruitment
  • Old Fire Station
  • Stephen Rowell Photography
  • System People
  • Theatre by the Lake
  • UoC Student Enterprise Service
  • UoC Postgraduate Recruitment Team

Employability and Enterprise Workshops – Tuesday 14 February 2017

2pm to 3pm:

  • Graduate Schemes with ‘Target Job Employer of the Year’ 2016 Enterprise Rent a Car – Lecture Theatre 1
  • So you Want a Digital Job in Cumbria? – Lecture Theatre 3
  • Looking Ahead: Taking Your Skills Forward – HO15
  • Considering Self Employment, Rules and Regulations – HO02

3pm to 4pm:

  • Applying for Teacher Training – Lecture Theatre 1
  • Careers with Your Degree – HO15
  • Constructing Worlds Collectively – Lecture Theatre 3

4pm to 5pm:

  • Working at the BBC and the Importance of Networking – Lecture Theatre 2
  • Personal Branding – HO15
  • Considering Self Employment, Rules and Regulations – HO02
  • Ace your Applications – Lecture Theatre 1
Workshop content can be seen in the full programme below.
To pre-book places on these workshops please e-mail kathryn.jones@cumbria.ac.ukPlaces can also be booked on the day at the Careers and Employability Service desk in the Brampton Road Campus Main Reception.

Employability and Enterprise Workshops – Wednesday 15 February 2017 (full programme):

10am to 11am:

  • Careers with Your Degree – MB3029
  • Crowdfunding – MB1033

11am to 12pm:

  • Portfolio Working – MB3029
  • Team Dynamics – MB1033

12pm to 1pm:

  • Personal Branding – MB3029
  • Crowdfunding – MB1033
Workshop content can be seen in the full programme below.
To pre-book places on these workshops please e-mail kathryn.jones@cumbria.ac.ukPlaces can also be booked on the day at the Careers and Employability Service desk in the Brampton Road Campus Main Reception.

Media Arts Industry Expert Lectures – Wednesday 15 February 2017

2pm to 5pm – Lecture Theatre 3

Ed Barratt – Producer

Ed was chosen as a BAFTA breakthrough Brit in 2013 and has a number of production credits to his name. Find out more about Ed here and here.

Lewis Abbott – Film Camera Assistant

Lewis has worked on shows such as Top Gear, Journey to Le Mans and Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week. Find out more about Lewis here.

 

Performing Arts Industry Expert Lectures – Thursday 16 February 2017

10am to 1pm – Lecture Theatre 3

Samantha Seivwright – Freelance Performer
Session Title: Networking and Contacts

The importance of networking and of maintaining contacts in order to progress work.

Sam graduated from UoC in 2010, she completed a MA in Musical Theatre from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  Sam currently works as a freelance actor and riding double.  See her credits here.

Barry Evans – Freelance Actor/Director and Equity Official
Session title: You and Equity

This session will focus on the work that equity does in supporting performers and the need for performers to have union representation.

See Barry’s credits here.

Professor Graeme Danby

Graeme Danby is a visiting professor at the Institute of the Arts and has performed at several of the world’s leading opera houses, notably the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the English National Opera.

 

Art & Design Industry Expert Lectures

2.00pm – 5.00pm – Lecture Theatre 3

Vicky Simpson

Vicky has run her own graphic design consultancy in London for 15 years.

Dawn Bothwell

Curator and coordinator of Circa Projects in Newcastle.

 

Employability and Enterprise Workshops – Full Programme

Tuesday 14 February 2017 – 2pm to 3pm

Graduate Scheme with ‘Target Jobs Employer of the Year’ 2016 Enterprise Rent a Car – Lecture Theatre 1

Beth Jackson – Talent Acquisition Specialist at Enterprise Rent-a-Car

What is a Graduate Scheme, why are they a good option and how do you apply?

Enterprise Rent-a-Car offer one of the many Graduate Schemes available in the UK across a variety of sectors. Schemes like their Management Training Programmes provide graduates the opportunity to develop employability skills in areas such as management, marketing, sales, customer service and logistics. Graduates are supported to take on increased responsibility over a year or two, rising quickly through the ranks. Experience and skills gained in graduate schemes can be successfully transferred to support many different future career paths.

Find out more about the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Graduate Schemes here.

Find out more about Creative Arts Graduate Schemes here.

 

So you Want a Digital Job in Cumbria? – Lecture Theatre 3

Helen Statham – Digital Media Executive at Fika Apps

A brief guide to working in the digital sector in Cumbria. And yes, it really does exist.

Helen studied Event Management at the University of Cumbria and is passionate about digital media, tech podcasts and cats. Currently working at Fika Apps, the Carlisle-based company develops apps and other digital products for a variety of clients. Helen is project managing the Pitch Fika app competition as well as working on creative approaches to SEO, content marketing, PPC and social media.

Find out about the Pitch Fika competition here.

 

Looking Ahead: Taking Your Skills Forward – HO15 

Claire Stewart and Emma Holgate – Library and Academic Advisers

This workshop will help you identify the key transferable skills you have gained by using academic and information skills throughout your course at the University of Cumbria.  What are these key skills? How can you demonstrate them in further study or your future career?

Claire Stewart and Emma Holgate are Library and Academic Advisers based in the University of Cumbria libraries at Brampton Road and Lancaster.  They look after the library resources and academic skills sessions for Arts and Humanities students at each campus.  

Find out more about Skills@Cumbria here.

 

Considering Self Employment, Rules and Regulations – HO02

UoC Student Enterprise Team

Have you got plans to set yourself up as self-employed? Find out about the steps you will need to take.

The Student Enterprise Service offers a wide range of services for all types of issues, whether you want to enhance your career by gaining new qualifications, are looking for a placement to gain experience in your chosen field, or want support as you launch your own business.

Find out more about the Student Enterprise Team here.

To access support contact studententerprise@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Tuesday 14 February 2017 – 3pm to 4pm

Applying for Teacher Training – Lecture Theatre 1

Anna Robinson – Careers and Employability Service

Eamonn Pugh – Senior Lecturer, School of Education and Michelle Thorpe – NQT Coordinator

Interested in finding out about teacher training? This session will give you information on routes into teacher training, the teaching application system and course entry requirements. We will also let you know about the teacher training options available to you at the University of Cumbria.

Your Careers and Employability Service is here to help you make the most of the opportunities available to you before and after graduating. We offer support with: finding a graduate job, CV and application feedback, interview preparation, information about employability events and current vacancies.

Find out more about your Careers and Employability Service here.

To access support contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Careers with Your Degree – HO15

Joanne Watson – Careers and Employability Service

Did you know that your degree gives you access to lots of different career paths and work possibilities? Find out more about the options you will have after graduation at this session.

Your Careers and Employability Service is here to help you make the most of the opportunities available to you before and after graduating. We offer support with: finding a graduate job, CV and application feedback, interview preparation, information about employability events and current vacancies.

Find out more about your Careers and Employability Service here.

To access support contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Constructing Worlds Collectively – Lecture Theatre 3

Frida Yngström – PHD Student at the University of Cumbria

In art we are used to seeing dreams as images, however in Frida’s PhD research project, ‘Pushing the rational – Using dreamwork as a method for art and resistance’, dreams are investigated as a catalyst for sharing stories of the unconscious mind.  Taking a starting point in the idea of Constructing worlds collectively to introduce Dream safari exhibition projects as well as her line of research. The enquiry into dreamwork as a method of for art and resistance has been developed through a series of participatory art projects involving DIY-strategies and exploration of collective artistic process through a variety of dream groups.

 

Tuesday 14 February 2017 – 4pm to 5pm

Working at the BBC and the Importance of Networking – Lecture Theatre 2

Tom Burrows – Broadcast Journalist, Assistant and Producer at BBC Radio Cumbria

An overview of the graduate schemes available at the BBC, information on Tom’s career journey and how networking can help your career.

Tom graduated in 2011 from the University of Cumbria with a degree in Journalism. Since then he has worked as a Media Support Assistant, Copywriter, videographer, freelance journalist and currently as Midmorning Producer at BBC Radio Cumbria.

 

Personal Branding – HO15

Joanne Watson – Careers and Employability Service

“Your Brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room” – Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon). In this session find out how you can develop your personal brand, allowing you to clearly communicate what you can offer to future clients and employers.  

Your Careers and Employability Service is here to help you make the most of the opportunities available to you before and after graduating. We offer support with: finding a graduate job, CV and application feedback, interview preparation, information about employability events and current vacancies.

Find out more about your Careers and Employability Service here.

To access support contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Considering Self Employment, Rules and Regulations – HO02

UoC Student Enterprise Team

Have you got plans to set yourself up as self-employed? Find out about the steps you will need to take.

The Student Enterprise Service offers a wide range of services for all types of issues, whether you want to enhance your career by gaining new qualifications, are looking for a placement to gain experience in your chosen field, or want support as you launch your own business.

Find out more about the Student Enterprise Team here.

To access support contact studententerprise@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Ace your Applications – Lecture Theatre 1

Anna Robinson – Careers and Employability Service

Access some top tips to improve your chances of application success. This session will give you key tools that can be applied to different types of applications in any sector. 

Your Careers and Employability Service is here to help you make the most of the opportunities available to you before and after graduating. We offer support with: finding a graduate job, CV and application feedback, interview preparation, information about employability events and current vacancies.

Find out more about your Careers and Employability Service here.

To access support contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Wednesday 15 February 2017 – 10am to 11am

Careers with Your Degree – MB3029

Carolyn Benson – Careers and Employability Service

Did you know that your degree gives you access to lots of different career paths and work possibilities? Find out more about the options you will have after graduation at this session.

Your Careers and Employability Service is here to help you make the most of the opportunities available to you before and after graduating. We offer support with: finding a graduate job, CV and application feedback, interview preparation, information about employability events and current vacancies.

Find out more about your Careers and Employability Service here.

To access support contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Crowdfunding – MB1033

Sarah Burrough – Marketer and Professional Crowdfunder

The Crowdfunding overview will address: What is Crowdfunding, how to put together a project and running a campaign.

Crowdfunding: the ‘what is?’ and ‘how to’ raise funding for your project. Laden with tangible examples and advice from someone who has raised nearly £2 million for other projects. This interactive talk will address how to use crowdfunding to help realise your project but to use it as a networking tool and extension of a CV.

 

Wednesday 15 February 2017 – 11am to 12pm

Stand Out In The Crowd – MB3029

Simon Austin – Actor/Director/Producer/Singer

This session will help you gain a clear understanding on how your professional portfolio can make you “Stand out in the crowd.”

Simon Austin is a former student of the University of Cumbria. He graduated in 2011 with a BA hons in Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre. After graduating Simon completed a course at the prestigious London School of Musical Theatre. Simon has been a professional performer since graduating and in 2013 opened his own business, NuImage Showreels, providing outstanding promotional material and marketing resources to help you “Stand out in the crowd”

 

Team Dynamics – MB1033

UoC Student Enterprise Team

Thinking about building your own team or developing your team? Come along to this taster session to learn the characteristics of a high performing team in this interactive workshop.

 

Wednesday 15 February 2017 – 12pm to 1pm

Personal Branding – MB3029

Anna Robinson – Careers and Employability Service

“Your Brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room” – Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon). In this session find out how you can develop your personal brand, allowing you to clearly communicate what you can offer to future clients and employers.  

Your Careers and Employability Service is here to help you make the most of the opportunities available to you before and after graduating. We offer support with: finding a graduate job, CV and application feedback, interview preparation, information about employability events and current vacancies.

Find out more about your Careers and Employability Service here.

To access support contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Crowdfunding – MB1033

Sarah Burrough – Marketer and Professional Crowdfunder

The Crowdfunding overview will address: What is Crowdfunding, how to put together a project and running a campaign.

Crowdfunding: the ‘what is?’ and ‘how to’ raise funding for your project. Laden with tangible examples and advice from someone who has raised nearly £2 million for other projects. This interactive talk will address how to use crowdfunding to help realise your project but to use it as a networking tool and extension of a CV.

 

Stanwix Theatre Events – Thursday 16 February:

5.00pm    Much Ado About Nothing

7.00pm    The Comedy of Errors

8.00pm    As You Like It

 

Vallum Gallery Exhibition – ‘End of the Season’ by Stephen Clarke 

Our current exhibition at The Vallum Gallery, ‘End of the Season’, is open from 30 January 2017 to 26 February 2017 and celebrates the art form of photography, with a show of the work of professional photographer Stephen Clarke. Stephen’s work is on a national tour, coming to us from various venues in the North West. 

 

Employers and Industry Professionals

Interested in exhibiting at the careers fair, attending the networking event or advertising vacancies? Want to share your industry knowledge and experience with our students? Contact Kathryn Jones – kathryn.jones@cumbria.ac.uk

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