University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is creating even more hands-on learning opportunities for students through a new broadcasting partnership with Queen’s Park Football Club.
The University’s long-standing partnership with digital sports production company QTV is expanding to support the Glasgow club’s streaming service for the 2020/21 season.
The streaming service supplied by QTV will allow Queen’s Park supporters to stream home games while Covid-19 restrictions are in place, with work experience placement opportunities for Broadcast Production: TV and Radio students at UWS, as well as students from City of Glasgow College.
Paul Tucker, Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Production: TV and Radio at UWS, said: “I’m very pleased that students from University of the West of Scotland will be able to join with Queens Park FC and QTV Sports on this exciting new venture.
“We are now in our tenth year of working with QTV and we have seen countless students gain work experience covering live sporting events. Many have gone on to get good jobs in the broadcast industry – some at QTV. Our students are looking forward to helping provide a great service for Queens Park FC and developing their skills and employability in the process.”
Queen’s Park Club President David Hunter said: “This is an exciting partnership. The club gains access to skills and resources to allow us to live stream our home games to supporters who are unable to attend Hampden while Covid-19 restrictions are in place. At the same time, it will give experience to degree students from two of the leading educational establishments in the city.
“Queen’s Park is renowned for developing talents of young footballers in our academy. This partnership offers students the chance to put their studies into a live environment which can only benefit them as they complete their degrees and seek employment in their chosen profession.”
Education to industry
Jack McGill, CEO of QTV Sports, said: “QTV Sports has always been committed to providing a pathway from education to industry for the next generation of broadcast professionals. We look forward to introducing the innovative remote production techniques we deploy elsewhere in the Premiership and Championship to both the students and Queen’s Park FC.”
UWS’s Broadcast Production programme, which is professionally accredited by Creative Skillset, provides students with the knowledge and skills to create, produce and understand television, radio and other modern digital media. Students get access to the University’s industry-grade broadcasting facilities and digital sound and video editing suites, while learning from industry experts and work placement opportunities.