Alumnus wins Royal Television Society Award

Posted on Monday 6th March 2017
credit Claire Harrison photography.

Media Production graduate, Robbie Nash, claimed the top prize at last week’s Royal Television Society’s Northwest Student Awards.

His third-year documentary ‘See What I See, Hear What I Hear’ claimed the prize for the Best Student Factual Film.

The ceremony, which took place in Media City, was attended by a whole host of universities from across the North West.

Making the shortlist of three, Robbie faced competition from two entries by Salford University, but his film was so strong that the judging panel were unanimous in awarding him the top prize.

His film explores the difficulties that people with learning difficulties face in everyday life. It does this by giving them a voice to explain the problem for themselves.

‘The entire filming experience was so humbling, educational and fun. The group’s energy, sense of humour and stories will stay with me for a very long time,’ said Robbie.

‘I can't thank New Openings, who work with people who have learning difficulties, enough for giving me the opportunity to play with ideas and be creative. Their collaboration is what made this piece so special to me, and them. 

‘The University of Bolton lit a passion for education in me, where there previously was no connection at all.

‘I found a higher understanding and gratitude towards lecturers, lessons and extra curricular work. Understanding that this is an industry I am entering, not a classroom full of people who don't want to be there. I’d like to thank all the lecturers in the Media Department for their unlimited support, passion and commitment. I count myself extremely lucky to have been a part of the University of Bolton and wish all the new students the best experience they can have.’

Making the shortlist of three is commendable in itself, as Robbie’s tutor, Dr Mick Farr, who regularly acts as one of the RTS judges for other categories explained: ‘Judges are asked to view a considerable number of films and then come together to discuss their merits.

‘Whittling the applicants down to three inevitably means that all the finalists have much to commend in their work, and in this regard they should all feel a sense of achievement. But to win in the face of such competition is fantastic.’

Photogrpah courtesy of Claire Harrison Photography.