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Creative Pathways interns at Creative Academy event

University of Nottingham Creative Pathways 2019-2022

This Office for Students funded programme had two strands of delivery – Internships open to Graduates of the University of Nottingham, and Creative Industry Academy events open to any student at the University.

The Creative Pathways programme concluded with a celebratory event in April of 2022, following which an evaluation of the three years of the project was undertaken. You can read the full report below:



Supported by the Office for Students, Lakeside Arts, Careers and Employability and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies in collaboration with the Department of Cultural, Media, and Visual Studies.



These provided and opportunity to hear from and meet inspirational individuals, learn about and build links with cultural organisations, and gain insight into a vast range of careers available in the creative industries sector.

Creative Academy events were open to all University of Nottingham students, especially those who have come through a widening participation route to University. Presentations from previous events include Christian Hewgill, BBC Newsbeat Broadcaster and Podcaster; Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, CEO at UK MUSIC; and Chrystal Genesis (STANCE podcast), David Osei (Marketing Executive) and Cynthia Okoye (Curtis Brown) are available below.




Theme Speakers  Presentation  
 Screen Skills Alexzandra Jackson, BFI Network Talent Executive, and Emma Turner, Head of Film Professional Development and Future Skills. Watch here  
Music Industry

Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Chief Executive, UK Music

Watch here

Christian Hewgill, BBC news, sport reporter, bulletin presenter and journalist, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat 

Watch here
Black Excellence in the Arts: Media, Marketing, and Talent Management Chrystal Genesis, award-winning podcaster and broadcaster; David Osei, Head of Marketing and Communications at Creative Access; Cynthia Okoye, film, television, and publishing agent at Curtis Brown, London Watch here
Getting into the games industry
Sarah Longthorne, Narrative Designer; Harriet Eden and Daniel Punch, Technical Art & Programme, from award-winning game developer Sumo Digital Watch here
Event Management Angela Mann and Ann-Marie Franey, Great Northern Events Watch here
Careers in Creative Technologies

Catherine Allen, Founder and CEO of Limina Immersive and Alex Rühl, Founder of Cats are Not Peas

Careers in Journalism Jem Collins, Founder and Director of Journo Resources; Ellie Cawthorne, HistoryExtra's podcast editor; and Chandni Sembhi, Senior Editor at PinkNews  



Aqua Quotation Marks

The event proved to be a greatest opportunity to gain excellent tuition from industry savvy and experienced members of Film and TV fraternity Emma and Alexandra Jackson. The guest speakers shared top tips to make a career in the film and television industry, along with information about existing opportunities and the future of the industry."

Awais Ashraf, Nottingham Advantage Award Student



What job should I choose when graduation day is apporaching? How can I start a journalism career? How can I get connected with people in the industry? After the Creative Academy workshop, I know all these answers."

Han, Nottingham Advantage Award Student


The UK’s only city-wide paid cultural internships programme – Creative Pathways Graduate Internships offered seven graduates per year the chance to work for six months in one of Nottingham’s leading cultural institutions. 

Successful applicants had the chance to get a wide range of vocational experience, including event planning, organising and delivery; finance and fundraising; budget administration and management; and marketing, publicity, communications and PR – providing them with a significant springboard into a future career in the sector.

The internships were exclusively for students from the priority groups listed below. This ensured that students from backgrounds under-represented in higher education can fully access the opportunities available to all students and help to improve social mobility. 

Eligibility Criteria
  • Have been in local authority care/looked after
  • Have a declared disability
  • Be from a black and minority ethnic group
  • Be a mature student (21 or over at the start of your course)
  • Be a young carer
  • Be under 25 and estranged from your family
  • Be in receipt of a core bursary
  • Be in receipt of a Nottingham Potential Bursary
  • Be a refugee
  • Your home address is in a neighbourhood where participation in Higher Education is low.
    • This can be checked by:
      • Enter your home postcode (i.e. where you lived before University) into the 'Contextual offers' postcode checker on the University of Nottingham's website:
      • If 'You may be elidible for a contextual offer' displays following searching, this indicates your home address is in a neighbourhood that meets the above criteria.
Cultural Organisations

The internships are based across seven Nottingham's cultural organisations:

  • City Arts
  • Dance4
  • Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • Nottingham Playhouse
  • Nonsuch Theatre
  • UNESCO City of Literature. 

Meet our 2021-22 cohort of interns:

Keep up to date with what they are doing on the Creative Pathways Instagram!

Image L-R: Daniella, Issy, Kate, Cecilia, Alice, Katie, Eleanor


Aqua Quotation Marks

The Creative Pathways Internships give a welcome flexibility to your professional development. The partner venues are eager to provide experience that will benefit future employability, and are attentive to your needs and ambitions."

Gianluca Scatto, Nonsuch Studios



The best parts of interning with the Participation Team at Nottingham Playhouse are engaging with the community and getting to know our wonderful participants. We’ve recently been able to welcome many of our participants back to in-person sessions at the Playhouse, and I’ve particularly enjoyed going into schools to deliver our ‘Shine’ outreach programme."

Adam Collins, Nottingham Playhouse


The Creative Pathways Graduate Internship made me realise that a career in the arts is by no means unattainable. It's given me the skills and confidence to apply for other creative roles. Through collaborating with colleagues on marketing, project support, and day-to-day admin, I feel like I’ve got a great insight into different creative careers and what I would suit best. I feel integrated and a valued member of Dance4. No two days are the same – one day I could be creating website and social media content and another I could be dedicating a dance to my armchair in a Zoom workshop! I’m so glad I'm at Dance4 to learn how they support artists in their research as well as sharing their resources with young aspiring dancers – I would absolutely consider interning at Dance4."

Emily Tregale, Dance4


Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature is part of an international network of creative cities, which means I am given the opportunity to work with people from all over the world, as well as having real responsibility to assist on projects with exciting organisations such as PEN International and the Women's Prize Trust. I'd wholeheartedly recommend the Creative Pathways Internships and would advise anybody who's considering applying to go ahead and do it!"

Phoebe Stafford, City of Literature

THE 2020-21 COHORT

THE 2019-20 COHORT