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BU student success at RTS South awards

5 March 2012

Nicola Barnes collecting her award for Best Factual

Two BU graduates both win awards at the Royal Television Society Southern region Awards.

Two BA Television Production graduates took home awards for Best Factual Programme and Best Entertainment Programme in the student categories at the Royal Television Society Southern region Awards on 16 February.

ITV’s Fred Dinenage and BBC South’s Sally Taylor hosted the evening and presented the awards to all the lucky winners.

Nicola Barnes won best factual award with ‘Teachers’ and Tolu Agoro won Best Entertainment with ‘Hints’.

Trevor Hearing, subject Leader for Television Production at The Media School and who is also on the RTS committee, said:

“It’s great to see Bournemouth University graduates triumphing yet again at the Royal Television Society regional awards. We were particularly strong in the entertainment and factual categories this year and I am sure we will see Tolu and Nicola’s names on the credits of many television programmes in the future. Bournemouth University has won the Best Entertainment category in two of the last three years - who knows, perhaps we’ll win the national award this year as well!”

Nicola, who now works as an office runner at TV production company Betty, told BU what her winning entry was about: “my entry was basically a documentary which follows the stresses and emotions and funny moments of being a teacher in a secondary school.”

She added “I was not expecting to win at all, especially as Educating Essex had been shown on TV more recently, but luckily mine was done ages ago and submitted before it was shown.”

The success of Nicola’s entry led her not only to getting a job just 3 weeks after finishing university, but also to her film being entered into the National Royal Television Awards, which is something she credits BU for.

“I could not have won without BU as they helped with the equipment and to focus your ideas, and they really pushed me to see how far I could go, and in terms of the edit they offered me a lot of opinions, so I couldn’t have done it without them.”

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