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Aberdeen College hosts industry event

A BECTU representative greets visitors to the union's stand. The event at Aberdeen College brought together industry organisations, students and freelances. Pic: Aberdeen College.

5 March 2011

Paul McManus, Scottish organiser, reports on a successful day with freelances and students, hosted by Aberdeen College.

Aberdeen College was the venue for a Scottish Freelance Fair last month (17 February).   The Scottish Freelance branch can be proud of running a hugely successful event. The support and help of the College and its staff were invaluable in ensuring a  memorable day.

The programme started well with a packed exhibition area as freelances from film, television and theatre along with students from both Aberdeen College and Robert Gordon University met with broadcasters, facilities companies and arts organisations. In addition to the BECTU stand, exhibitors included BBC Scotland, STV, AVC, The Peacock Arts Centre, His Majesty's Theatre and the Cultural Enterprise Office.

The day also included two seminars. More than 100 people joined in a discussion led by BECTU's Scotttish organiser, Paul McManus and the union's Scottish freelance skills development manager, Michael Wilson. In addition, Aberdeen College lecturer, Paul Adderton, joined by session chair, Krysia Mack (also vice-chair of the Scottish Freelance branch) focused on BECTU’s work for freelances in Scotland and on the union's collaborations with industry partners to expand and improve the industry across Scotland.

Paul Adderton (a former BECTU member and chair of the Grampian TV branch), also offered guests a guided tour of the facilities available to media and arts students. The college’s TV and radio studios, edit and dubbing suites and recording studio provide a range of state-of -the-art equipment.  The college radio station also conducted a live interview with Michael Wilson to help to promote the day's events.

The union extends its thanks to Rhonda Fraser, head of PR at Aberdeen College and to Fred Morrison of the Scottish Freelance branch for their tireless work in the planning and organisation of the event.

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