Had a great time today! A little muddy, but was a good laugh 🙂
Don’t forget, the MCC Treasure Hunt is tomorrow! Its completely free and there is a massive hamper of stuff for the winners! The treasure hunt starts at 12pm, and the first team to find all the clues will win… so don’t be late!!
So grab your coats and wellies and come along tomorrow, meeting at the entrance to Keele Woodland trail. Completely free to all MCC and ISC Media students.
Join us for the first ever MCC Movie Night! Where we will be showing the legendary Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.
This is a free and ticketed event exclusively for Keele MCC and ISC students. Get your free ticket today!
Directed by Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) and with the acting talents of Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno) this is an epic tale of love, loss, adventure and of course, battle of the bands!! With many faces you’ll recognise and some amazing editing and sound design, this film is a real treat.
On the night, doors open at 6pm and doors close at 6:15pm – late arrivals will not be allowed in!! (This is to make it less disruptive for the people who are watching the film).
There are only a limited number of tickets – once they’re gone, they’re gone! Click here to get your ticket!
We are really looking forward to welcoming new and returning UG and PG students to Keele’s Media, Communications and Culture programmes.
Here is a break down of resources in place to help ensure that our students make a successful transition to Keele (information supplied by Ian Munton from Keele Student Services)
Welcome Web pages:
We have revamped the Welcome web pages; they are a great resource for all new students as they prepare to come to Keele www.keele.ac.uk/welcome
This year, to compliment the webpages and reduce paper resources we have also introduced a new Welcome App. This is the go-to resource for all students, whether they are UG or PG. With over 1700 downloads already we are really excited to see what difference it makes for our students. The App provides all the information about the different Welcome events and activities as well as useful links about the support and facilities that are available at Keele and in the local area. We hope that this new resource will appeal to both students and staff. It is a great way to keep informed about what is going on. It also provides opportunities for students to actively engage by signing up for events, building their own welcome schedule as well as connecting with other students. Do please download the App too so you can see the full range of activities that will be taking place over the Welcome period. The App is available from both the App Store and Google Play or at the following website https://guidebook.com/app/keele/
We are steering all new students to download the app for the best experience, but we do understand that not all will be able to do this. A small supply of printed events guides will be available should students not be able to access the technology during Keele Welcome. The Welcome Info Point will be staffed each day to help with questions or concerns.
This award winning online induction resource has been further developed to include resources for students before they arrive as well as additional resources throughout Semester 1. This will provide students with an extended online welcome, enabling us to upload resources when students need them. It covers a wide area, starting with some key IT related questions, moving on to introduce the Library and Student Services before providing information about practical topics to help students as they start their time living and studying at Keele.
Many of these resources are video based so that students can watch them in their own time. They are accessible to students in the KLE. If, though, you would like to see some of these videos they are available on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcT3UHm4j_7nBVZNNraxONg/videos
International Arrivals and Enrolment:
Our International students will start to arrive on Wednesday 20th September and we will be offering the free Meet & Greet Airport Collection Service from both Heathrow and Manchester airports on Wednesday when the majority of students will be arriving. There will also be a service from both airports on Thursday 21st September. Students have pre booked for this service. Students arriving on later dates should contact Student Services for advice and information about independent travel options to Keele.
Enrolment for Visiting students will take place in the Chancellor’s Building Exhibition Suite on Wednesday 20th September from 2.00 – 7.00 pm.
Enrolment for International and EU students will take place on Thursday 21st September from 11 am – 2 pm for PGs and 2.00 – 6.00 pm for UGs. Late Enrolment will be on Friday 22nd September from 10 am – 12 noon.
Home Arrivals and Enrolment:
The majority of our Home students will arrive on Saturday 23rd September with enrolment and collection of Keele cards in the Exhibition Suite from 9 am – 4.45 pm and on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm.
Students who arrive after these dates will be able to enrol during the Home enrolment times and also in the pop-up Student Services Centre, which will be based in the Exhibition Suite until Friday 6 October.
We’ll have 1750 new students moving on to campus and some living in College Court (formerly known as Liberty Court) and with other private providers in the local area. Students living on campus will be able to collect their room key from the Chancellor’s Building on Saturday. After 4.45pm key collection will transfer from Chancellor’s Building to Darwin Building. All halls buildings will have a member of the Domestic team on duty to respond to any issues or queries the new residents may have.
We will again have an information point and Student Services Pop-up Centre in the Chancellor’s Building for the first two weeks. This will be the main point of contact for any student enquiries.
We have been using Social Media to share information about everything that is going on in the run up to Keele Welcome. For avid Social media users, please help us by reposting and sharing key information and using #KeeleWelcome.
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions. We’ll do our very best to help.
Its been a while since my last blog, so I thought I’d kick off the new academic year with a subject that’s close to my heart… FOOD!
Jamie Oliver is back with a new programme on Channel 4: Jamie’s Quick and Easy Food. The show, hosted by the man himself, does exactly what it says on the tin; offering fast, mouthwatering recipes that anyone can prepare.
The instructions for each dish are explained clearly and simply. The important preparations are repeated often, leaving the recipes easy to remember. The real joy to behold, as any media enthusiast will agree, is the camera work. Channel 4 have done an amazing job in the production of this show. All of the shots are crisp, snappy and perfectly focused.
The only frustration that I have found whilst watching each episode is the choice of ingredients. Granted, most of the ingredients are simple enough – pasta, cheese, fresh herbs – but Jamie will then throw out something really obscure. He often uses ingredients which are, what I would call posh, and a little hard to come buy.
Jamie explains that these key ingredients can be simply picked up in your local farm shop or organic produce store – well Jamie, that’s great, but you’ve clearly never been to Stoke, duck!
All in all, the programme is a great watch, even if – some may find – a little unrealistic to accurately reproduce the dishes shown. I’ll certainly be tuning in again next Monday at 8pm on Channel 4.
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I was at a great conference this week, Science in Public. The conference draws together people from fields such as Science & Technology Studies, Science Communication, and the History of Science & Medicine, amongst others. Its focus also meant I had the rare opportunity to bring together the two main strands of my research: Animals and Social Media! I felt really lucky to have the chance, amongst other things, to be a discussant on a panel about Noortje Marres’s provocative and engaging new book Digital Sociology, co-convene and speak at a panel about post-truth, and present collaborative work (with Greg Hollin) on cultural responses to the resurgence of bedbugs in the US & North Europe. I also helped to co-organise a stream called Animals in Public that involved fantastic speakers (on topics as varied as the modernist penguin enclosure at London Zoo; attempts to commodify the charisma of giant pandas; different understandings of care in bovine TB controversies; and dilemmas about how to meaningfully communicate veterinary science to people in the face of the rise of dog breeds such as French Bulldogs). A busy, but fantastic, couple of days all-in-all, where I had the chance to catch-up with some great colleagues from different institutions.
I also ended up taking part in this ‘threaded-questions’ video, where I had to answer a colleague’s question then ‘pass one one’…
I am very pleased to share ‘Re-Stoked’ (2017) an excellent short documentary film produced by Keele University students Sammy Chadwick, Karen YL Chen, Carla Dobson-Perez and James Redgrove. The film interweaves the personal narrative of Stoke-based artist Frederick Phillips with the story of Stoke’s recent art led urban regeneration. The film was produced as part of a second year module on Documentary Theory & Practice on the BA Media, Communications & Culture programme.
Here is a short post from Carla Dobson-Perez (one of the student filmmakers) on the making of the film and its excellent reception by Stoke’s artistic and cultural community:
As part of a Second Year module (MDS-20032 Documentary: Theory and Practice) assessment we were asked to create a short documentary on any topic. A group of us decided to focus on the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent, particularly through its arts and culture. We’d heard about the repurposing of the Spode factory in Stoke, where an organisation called ACAVA, in collaboration with the Council, had built 41 studios for renting by local artists of all sorts.
We travelled to the site and met the two artists featured in the documentary: Frederick Phillips (artist) and Andy Cooke (graphic designer) who became the leading stars in our piece. Spode factory as a location was fantastic to shoot, we were never short of scenic establishing shots and what seemed like an abundance of hidden gems just waiting to be filmed around the vast, and mostly abandoned, site.
Whilst interviewing our artists, we became aware of Stoke’s City of Culture bid for 2021. As our documentary featured the regeneration of Stoke’s cultural scene, we saw a fantastic opportunity to use our documentary as a form of promotion for the bid itself.
We shared the final piece with the artists residing at Spode Studios, Stoke-on-Trent council, those backing the bid at both Staffordshire University and Keele University, as well as ACAVA themselves. It received an extremely positive response, beyond what we’d imagined, and was shared by numerous people including Ben Eastop (Estates and Regeneration Manager at ACAVA), who featured it on the ACAVA Spode website (http://www.acavaspodeworks.org/events/new-film-re-stoked-stokes-artistic-revival/).