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A newsletter for students in the School of Arts at Brunel University. Read about developments in the school and responses to your feedback.

Transcript of Touchpoint 1.1

  • Welcome to Issue 1 of the School of Arts Touchpoint newsletter. Throughout the following pages youll find information about changes in the school, news from your subject area and details of how weve responded to your feedback and comments from last term.

    Feel free to contact a member of the Touchpoint team with your ideas and suggestions.

    Register your laptop with the Connect-Team to get wireless access in the Gaskell


    1.1. SEPT>2010

    Colin Riley (Music)Touchpoint Leader

    [email protected]

    John Freeman (Drama)

    [email protected]

    Julian Savage(Screen Media)

    [email protected]

    Claire Lynch (English)Editor of Newsletter

    [email protected]

    Murray Dick (Journalism)

    [email protected]

    Paul Moody(Technicians)

    [email protected]

    Sue Ramus(Admin)

    [email protected]

    Andy Smith(Artaud Manager)

    [email protected]

    Gaskell Update

    You can now access personal, School and University information, such as Timetable, EVision and Ulink via two new computer kiosks in the

    Gaskell foyer.

    The new plasma screen will highlight important information and

    showcase School events.

  • Your CREATIVE input

    Whether youre a musician or poet, or youve produced an installation, a film or documentary, or a performance of any description theatre, live art, dance - come and show your work and ideas (however experimental or in-progress) in one of the [email protected] events. This is your chance to try out your ideas in front of an enthusiastic and supportive audience who want to see you perform, with nights throughout the year building a social arts scene for the university.

    Be part of the PRODUCTION TEAM

    We run with a core production team of volunteer students who run the show like a real-life, professional event. There are a number of roles including marketing and publicity, lighting, stage management, sound production and operation, hospitality,, box office, D.J and front-of-house. These roles all give you the opportunity to acquire additional skills, make new friends and it will also look good on your C.V. We have a production meeting before each event and the get-in on the night starts at 4pm.

    [email protected]

  • DramaNEWS: Jo Morrioson and Johnny Vivash in Little Deaths, a new play by Steve Lambert directed by Barry Edwards Developed and produced by

    ScenePool ( the play had its opening run at the Alma

    Theatre Bristol at the beginning of September, selling out every night with rave

    reviews. Drama student Giles Chiplin was the ScenePool professional intern with

    the opportunity to work on the whole production process.

    There will be a trip to Amsterdam for Drama

    students (all years) in June, to coincide with the

    International Student Theatre Festival that's

    taking place there. Further details will be made

    available by John Freeman once festival dates

    are confirmed.

    Trip to [email protected]

    In response to Drama students requests, the

    University has spent 100k in renovating AA001 so that it

    now represents a professional level performance space.

    Your feedback

  • (Priority given for Level Three students)

    The aim of this workshop is not to teach people how to sing, but to re-engage the indivisible connection between voice, body, breath, music and rhythm. Often, particularly in Western theatre, we conceive of the body as a series of divisions: we think of the voice as distinct and separate from the body; text as separate from movement; song from text; music from speaking.

    In this workshop participants will be encouraged, through practice, to see beyond these divisions and experience their own connections. Participants will be introduced to certain techniques of polyphonic singing - working on a series of traditional polyphonic songs from Corsica, Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania in addition to exercises in rhythm and how this connects to work with text.

    A central focus of this workshop is on enabling the participant to listen and to tune to others; to experience his or her voice not as separate from, but as an integral part of a larger entity. Embodied Voice will focus on the ability to transpose song and word into movement of the body, and movement into text and song; experiencing the body as music, and the voice and fully embodied.

    Coming soon: New Masterclasses

    Embodied Voice and the Actor


    Andrei is a director, teacher and actor trainer. He has spent the past 10 years working between Australia, the UK and Poland, where he worked with companies including Gardzienice, Song of the Goat Theatre and, most recently, as a member of Theatre ZAR, based at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw. He has held lectureships in physical theatre and drama at the University of Leeds and Edge Hill University, and is a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Holloway, East 15 and Brunel University. In Australia Andrei was artistic director of Vis a Vis Theatre and Theatre Dwa Konie, as well as lecturing at the University of New South Wales and the National Institute of Dramatic Art. He holds an MA in Theatre Practice from the University of Exeter. He is currently Artistic Director of Lux Aeterna Company, based in London.

  • JournalismAward-winning journalist and academic Benedetta Brevini will be leading the delivery of public affairs modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students from October 1.

    Benedetta, whose work has been featured in The Guardian as well as countless international print and broadcast outlets, joins us from University of Westminster where she specialised in media policy.

    As well as bringing her expertise in NCTJ public affairs, she has a wealth of experience in international affairs -not least working on Hilary Clinton's 2006 bid to join the US Senate.

    Journalism is launching an innovative new research grouping The Centre for Advanced

    Journalism Practice its vision is to make a positive, distinctive and critical contribution to

    current debates about the future of journalism, by bringing together practitioners

    and researchers in sustainable projects. It builds on the teams significant industry links

    and aims to promote, interrogate and engage with practice-as-research projects in

    collaboration with leading and emerging


    A host of Hollywood films and leading documentaries about journalism will be screened at a brand new club being launched in Induction Week. The Journalism Film Club will show a movie or programme each week along with a talk and discussion about the themes and ethics conveyed. Head of Journalism Sarah Niblock will start the club with a screening of The Paper on Thursday September 23 at 4.30pm in LC262. She said: The Paper gives a pretty accurate depiction of the sheer thrill of working in news and reminds me of how I felt when I first saw my work roll off the presses. All welcome.

    The Journalism Film Club

  • Journalism is gearing up for a very important visit from the industrys top accrediting body, the National Council for the Training of Journalists, on October 19. A team of panellists from Sky, Grazia and the local press will decide whether to fully accredit BA (Hons) Journalism.

    If successful, it would be the first and only NCTJ accredited BA in the London area. Head of Journalism Sarah Niblock said: This would lend tremendous prestige to our degree, and graduate employability will be enhanced for our students as editors trust the rigour of the NCTJ qualification.

    Sister programme MA Journalism has been accredited for the past four years and is due for re-accreditation in the same day. A record number of its students have passed all the NCTJ exams this year. Several have gained journalism jobs before the course ended.


    Final year BA Journalism

    students will gain cutting edge skills in entrepreneurialism

    thanks to a module re-design aimed at boosting graduate

    employability. Online Journalism has been renamed Online

    Entrepreneurialism to incorporate intensive guidance on how to launch new internet media and promote your work

    via the web.

    News travelled fast for MA Journalism student Toby Higgins over the summer. Toby, who is now working for a newspaper in Yorkshire after passing all his NCTJ exams, wrote a story about a young girl needing 175 stitches after a dog attack. It was followed up by several national and international news outlets, including the Daily Mail. Toby isnt the only Brunel student getting national coverage Josh Darlington has been working on The Suns travel desk over the summer but has just landed a staff post on the Borehamwood Times. Meanwhile, MA International Journalism student Nazneen Akhbari has spent three months on a coveted internship at CNN.

  • Music at Brunel is looking towards an exciting new year of creative music-making led by its internationally active staff.

    Last year we began to take full advantage of the newly refurbished Antonin Artaud venue to present music and multimedia performance events, and this year we can expect some even more ambitious undertakings, beginning in the autumn with a rare chance to experience live Gavin Bryars' haunting The Sinking of the Titanic, a collaboration between the Music and Drama departments.

    The music rooms in the Gaskell Building have meanwhile been revamped