Ex Priestley student joins BBC talent pool

FORMER Priestley student Rhiannon Lawrence has been offered a place on the BBCs prestigious talent pool.

Following a rigorous interview process at Media City, Rhiannon – a third year Television Production Management at Edge Hill – received the news she had been successful.

“I’m absolutely over the moon to have been selected to be in the BBC Children’s Production Management Assistant Talent Pool,” she said.

“After a group scenario task, an individual prioritising task and then an interview, I feel I learnt a lot from the process itself which I really enjoyed. I heard about the opening from the Television Production Management Facebook page. This page is great as it encourages discussion between staff, students and alumni.”

Perelandra Beedles programme leader for Rhiannon’s degree is seeing a trend of Production Management undergraduates being offered positions before they have even attended their graduation ceremony “Rhiannon is such a great example of how the TVPM degree works to prepare students for jobs in the broadcast industry.

“Myself and fellow Programme Leader Joy Monks, spend a lot of time embedding interview skills and industry knowledge into our programme content. This degree now has a reputation for excellence through the TV industry.”

And it’s not just the delivered teaching which contribute to the high employability of the programme as Perelandra explains: “Part of what makes TVPM students so employable are the industry placements and opportunities they are offered as a result of our industry contacts.

“Rhiannon attended the BBC Global Children’s summit this year and has shadowed as a floor manager on Children in Need and it is partly this experience which has made her so accomplished this early on in her broadcasting career.”

Lecturer Joy Monks who still continues to have a successful career in television in addition to her work at EHU is keen to praise Rhiannon’s commitment to getting the role.

“Rhiannon spent time with myself and Perelandra before the interview, discussing techniques, learning everything she could about the Children’s department and going back through aspects of previous lectures which could help her. This dedication and attention to detail has really paid off and we are so delighted.”

BBC Children’s is the home of the UK’s two most popular children’s TV channels, CBeebies and CBBC – not to mention two websites, eight apps (and counting), children’s radio content, two YouTube channels and more, so Rhiannon will have plenty of opportunities to use the skills she has learnt during the course of her Television Production Management degree.

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