Arriving at the Next Level: Strategic Framework for Higher Education Collaboration with Industry
Join us as we share exciting findings from our Sustainable Models for Student-Industry Engagement - a major two-year research project funded by Office for Students and Research England and delivered in collaboration with current and future industry partners.
During the webinar, we will also be sharing our plans for the second year of the project and how you can be involved.
Imani is one of the Degree Apprentices at Pearson College London. She works in the Communications team, so her role mostly involves raising brand awareness through channels such as the College’s social media and blog platform. Imani is also a student with Pearson College London and studies towards her Business Management degree on a Friday.
Chris Bakalis is currently a Student Experience Coordinator, focusing on Diversity and Inclusion and is one of the College’s Wellbeing and Inclusivity ambassadors. He is also a second year Business Management with Entrepreneurship student. Chris has been a long-standing advocate for supporting young people, equality, and other related topics before joining the College. He has worked and volunteered within Local Government, the Police and now as a charity trustee. Most recently, he was selected to join the Government Youth Select Committee on Knife Crime.
Will is a game-art tutor at Escape Studios and graduated from the Games MA before a stint as a studio-assistant, which led to his current role. He is something of a 3D generalist, primarily an environment artist, but also working with real-time VFX and blueprints. He has a background in 2D concept art and illustration, having worked in the field as a freelance before his MA, and studying BA illustration and animation. As a graduate, and newly hired studio-assistant, Will was offered the opportunity to work on a VR story-game project as a collaboration between Singer Films, Goldsmiths University and Escape Studios. The project: The Pirate Queen was nominated at the Raindance Festival for "Best debut" and "Best immersive game". Will worked as Art-director and environment artist on the project.
Amy has been working in talent related roles within the visual effects industry across both the UK and Canada for many years. In each role she has had responsibility for working with schools, colleges, and universities to provide careers guidance and support educators with content. She is a non-executive Director of Access:VFX, an industry organisation working to improve the diversity of the visual effects industry. She is also part of the steering group of the NextGen Skills Academy who, with industry, launched a Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills and she took responsibility for working with NextGen to develop VFX apprenticeships. Recently Amy has completed work as Chair of the T-Level panel for Media, Broadcast and Production. The panel was responsible for providing an employer perspective on the post-16 education landscape.
Davi Stein has a varied background of working in VFX on major feature films in the UK and the USA combined with her extensive experience in academia. For 14 years, her role as a VFX Compositor on such films as Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and The Dark Knight, amongst other features, gave her an in-depth understanding of the needs of the ever-changing creative industry. It also gave her insight into VFX companies’ need for supporting the next generation of new talent. In 2010 she shifted over to teaching short courses in Nuke Compositing software at Escape Studios, and progressed into designing, building and delivering Pearson College London’s first Undergraduate and Masters VFX degree programs. That role continued into Heading the 2D VFX Department there while building strong links with the UK VFX industry to create industry-ready junior talent. She recently returned to the industry in early 2020 to further her combined skillset of pedagogy and practical industry experience at Industrial, Light and Magic as a Technical Trainer. She also works closely on building ILM and school outreach events, workshops and mentoring to maintain that important bridge between industry and education.