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Creative Pathways interns at Creative Academy event

University of Nottingham Creative Pathways Academy and Creative Focus 

The programme has two strands of delivery - Creative Pathways Internships open to Graduates of the University of Nottingham, and the Academy and Focus events open to any student at the University.

Meet and hear from inspirational individuals, start to understand and build links with cultural organisations, and gain insight into a vast range of careers available in the creative sector. Open to University of Nottingham Students at any degree level, especially those who have come through a widening participation route to University, our 3 Academy events 2020-21 have now taken place, but you can see the presentations from the February event on getting into the Games Industry below.

Meanwhile, Creative Focus events continue to the end of the academic year and provide insights into very specific areas of the creative industries. Our next event is...


Wednesday 28 April, 6-7pm
Free, via MyCareers

In 2019 the UK Music industry contributed £5.8bn to the UK economy and employed more than 197,000 people; in addition music tourism contributed £4.7bn in terms of spending to the UK economy pre-Covid. As Chief Executive of UK Music, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin is at the forefront of advocacy for the industry, regularly engaging with Government to represent the music industry as a whole and pushing forwards policy initiatives including a huge education and skills programme to help ensure the industry achieves its full potential through recruitment and retention of the best trained, talented and diverse workforce alongside working through the machinations of BREXIT.

Hear about Jamie's own creative pathway, as well as gain an insight into the work of a major national organisation and all the different areas of music it supports in this great event. Jamie is a double alumnus of University of Nottingham, having studied Music prior to undertaking a Masters in International Relations.

Open to all University of Nottingham students, please register your interest online at MyCareers.


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On Tuesday 16 March, Christian Hewgill, BBC news and sport reporter, bulletin presenter and journalist at Radio 1 Newsbeat gave us a fascinating insight into the rapidly growing podcast industry.

With more than ten years of broadcast experience across the radio, podcast and television industry, Christian told us more about how he built his career in this exciting and evolving sector with practical steps on how you could do the same. 

Catch up the presentation below:



On Tuesday 23 February, our Creative Pathway Academy event shone a spotlight on the Gaming Industry with speakers from the world-class, award-winning game developer Sumo Digital.

Sumo has eight UK studios in Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle, Leamington Spa, Warrington, The Chinese Room in Brighton, Red Kite Games in Leeds, and Lab42 in Leamington Spa, along with a studio in Pune, India. Keynote speaker Sarah Longthorne discussed her role as Narrative Designer and was joined by Sumo colleagues Harriet Eden and Daniel Punch to discuss their roles in Technical Art and Programming.

Enjoy the opportunity to watch the presentation below:



On Tuesday 19 January 2021 an online event took place looking behind the scenes of what makes some of our major cultural offerings work. An additional strand of Creative Pathways Academy, This Creative Focus on Event Management event featured speakers Angela Mann and Ann-Marie Franey, who are behind Great Northern Events, and are responsible for delivering Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair which has promoted some 3000+ makers since 2008 and generated £2.8m worth of sales in that time.



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

Successful applicants have 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 run from October to April for three years starting in October 2019. They are exclusively for students from the priority groups listed below. This is to ensure that students from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education can fully access the opportunities available to all students and to improve social mobility. To be able to apply, you must be a home fee paying student graduating in summer 2020 from the University of Nottingham, want to gain practical experience to support your future career development in the creative and cultural sector, and meet one or more of the eligibility criteria detailed below:

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
  • UNESCO City of Literature.

Revisit this page for information about the 2021/2022 applications.

2020 Applications Closed