9 May 2017
Emma Cahusac, Rhodri Talfan Davies, and Rhys Hughes
The University of South Wales (USW) has announced who will be its first BBC Fellows.
As revealed by BBC Director-General Tony Hall, when he opened USW’s enhanced Cardiff Campus last November, the Fellows will share their vast experience and knowledge with students in USW’s Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI).
Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Cymru Wales; Emma Cahusac, executive producer in the BBC’s arts and music commissioning team; and Rhys Hughes, Head of Programmes on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, have taken up the roles.
They will each be visiting the Faculty every term from this autumn to support USW’s industry-leading professional training, which will include offering some third year students the opportunity to visit the Fellows at the BBC.
BBC Director-General Tony Hall said: “Our three Fellows - Rhys, Emma and Rhodri – have a huge amount of varied broadcasting experience between them and will give students a great insight into working in the media.
“The BBC is always looking to find and nurture new talent and this partnership is another great opportunity to do just that. I’m delighted that the students will be visiting us at the BBC to see first-hand what it’s like to be part of a world leading public service broadcaster.”
Rhodri Talfan Davies said: “It’s great to be involved in this collaboration and I hope we can help inspire and encourage future leaders of the creative industries.
“Alongside Emma and Rhys I’m pleased to play my part in working with the students to share some of our knowledge of the industry and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.”
Professor Julie Lydon, USW Vice-Chancellor, said: “The creative industries sector is the fastest growing in the UK, and USW is at the forefront of its development in Wales.
“This partnership is just the latest effort we are making to ensure that our Cardiff-based faculty, which has more than 3,000 students in the heart of the capital city, provides industry-relevant teaching.
“We place a high emphasis on developing entrepreneurial students who are prepared for creative industries careers, and, with the BBC Fellows on board, we’ll be offering even more first-hand experience to those who study with us.”
Professor Jane McCloskey, Dean of USW’s Faculty of Creative Industries, said: “USW already offers a broad creative curriculum spanning a range of subjects, including journalism, TV set design, sound engineering, creative music technologies, broadcast and digital media, animation, games design, photography, film and fashion.
“Following its extension, the Atrium building also now includes a wider range of state-of-the-art facilities, including new dance studios, rehearsal rooms, and photography studios.
“For our student cohort this is a huge opportunity and we are looking forward to developing the relationship with the BBC over the next few years.”
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