September 18, 2015, by Lindsay Brooke

Academics and PhD students go behind the scenes at the BBC

A big thank you to the BBC – particularly Jo Davies from BBC Radio Nottingham and weather forecaster Anna Church – for a fascinating tour of the BBC in Nottingham last night.

The visit was arranged by the University’s Media Relations team for the winners of the press release writing competition which was held earlier this year as part of the Graduate School’s Research Showcase. BBC East Midlands reporter and presenter Carol Hinds kindly helped with the judging.

The top prize went to Chantelle Whelan in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science for her press release on guide dog partnerships – ‘It’s not you, it’s me: research explores unsuccessful guide dog partnerships.’ Sadly Chantelle couldn’t be with us but her press release will be published shortly and her supervisor, Professor Sarah Freeman, was able to come along to the BBC last night.

Second prize went to Lisa Common, from the Nottingham University Business School. Her release – Great expectations: can maternity services deliver more home births? – was published yesterday and has already picked up some online interest. Lisa was joined by her supervisor, Professor Justin Waring, for last night’s tour.

Hannah Foy, from the School of Psychology, took third prize for her release – Brains behind the Wheel: Brain activity in simulated and real world driving. She was at the BBC last night with her supervisor Dr Pete Chapman. Their release will also be published shortly.

Andrew Gleadall from the Faculty of Engineering and one of the winners of the Research Showcase was also able to come along.

The tour took in demonstration of one of the Radio Nottingham studios which are normally the domain of presenters of their daily digest of news, talk and chat shows and their interviewees. With the help of special monitors there was a chance to see and hear what happens behind the scenes during the transmission of BBC East Midlands Today. Then came the tour of the studio and a chance to chat with weather forecaster Anna Church.





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