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:
READ THE REPORT
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.
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Chief Executive, UK Music
Christian Hewgill, BBC news, sport reporter, bulletin presenter and journalist, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat
Catherine Allen, Founder and CEO of Limina Immersive and Alex Rühl, Founder of Cats are Not Peas
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.
The internships are based across seven Nottingham's cultural organisations:
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
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
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