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Creative students win award for bridging gaps between courses

Four students have been recognised with an award for their inspiring and engaging new group which has brought more than 170 students from across the College together.

Co-creators Jason Budd, Dexter Hill, Beth Moss and John Percival came together to launch a student-led initiative called Creative Community which aims to get students on different courses to collaborate, share ideas, seek inspiration and learn from each other.

The Creative Community has also been running a weekly Film Club and arranges regular off-site trips
to cultural institutions such as art galleries, media centres, theatres, talks/events and more. It has
created a basis for students to socialise with one another and work on things they may not normally
get to work on.

The Creative Media (TV and Film) Level 3 students were presented with the Best Student-Led Initiative or Campaign Award at the National Association for Managers of Student Services Conference, which was hosted in Liverpool on 14-15 March.

Dexter and Jason collected the award on behalf of the team and were proud to see their hard work over the past year recognised on a national level.

The film club meets at Horts Bar in Broad Street on Wednesdays to watch films from different genres. The students were offered the bar’s cinema room for the weekly meeting and the club normally hosts 15-25 people each time.

Dexter said: “It’s amazing to have been presented with this award. The acknowledgement is fantastic and we never expected to get this or for the project to be as big as it has become, with more than 170 members – we still can’t quite take it in! Thanks really go to our members for being a part of it, Fergal for helping us set it up and our lecturers for letting us attend lessons to promote it.”

Creative Community is a student-led initiative which is aimed at students on different courses to collaborate and share work and work together. It also creates a basis for students to socialise with one another and work on things they may not normally get to work on.

The students’ lecturer, Ali Grant, was over the moon with their achievement. She said: “I’m so excited to hear the students won the award for setting up the Creative Community. They fully deserve it. The way they’ve brought students from different courses and departments together has resulted in some exciting collaborations which have not only created new friendships, but enhanced student work. I’m so proud that they are students on my course and hope that the Creative Community continues to grow and flourish for years to come.”

To find out more about the Creative Community or to join, contact creativecommunity@student.cityofbristol.ac.uk

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