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Creative Industries Event

On the 18th October, Linking London held a Creative Industries event, designed to support partners in providing useful advice to students progressing onto creative HE courses.

Attendees first heard from Margaret Burgin from ScreenSkills who provided a detailed overview of the sector, looking at where potential jobs will be in the future and talked about how students can ‘get a foot in the door’. Margaret also discussed the need for students within this industry to be resilient, be prepared for lots of rejections, ready to accept short term job contracts, start at the bottom of the ladder and also be equipped and willing to set up their own business and work for themselves. 

We then welcomed a number of our HE partners to talk about the courses they offer within this sector, highlighting any specific new or unique courses. Speakers also considered areas of access, retention and success, and then progression emphasising good practice within their own institutions.

Ian Thompson, Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Outreach Manager, from University of the Arts London presented on the course offering  within their six colleges that make up the university highlighting each of their specialisms.

Jonathan Bridges, Widening Participation Officer, Goldsmiths, University of London followed with a presentation describing Goldsmiths’ creative industries course offering.

Following on from a refreshment and networking break James Ward, Deputy Dean, Ravensbourne University London spoke to attendees about the courses on offer and their new Mindsets and Skillsets approach to teaching students to help unlock their potential.

The final presentation was delivered by Victoria Edwards, Partnerships and Placement Manager at Royal Centre School of Speech and Drama who spoke to attendees about their course offer and graduate opportunities. 

Following the presentations, attendees had an opportunity to ask questions or comment on any of the topics that came up throughout the afternoon via a panel session. The panel was made up of all the speakers from the event.

You can find a detailed summary of the Q & A session along with the presentations on our Partners’ Area, however below lists the discussion topics that were covered:

  • Financial support available
  • Work experience
  • Inspiring NEET students to go into the creative industry
  • Encouraging parents to think positively about the creative industry
  • Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
  • Views on unconditional offers
  • Student resilience


The event closed with thanking everyone for their contributions throughout the afternoon.


To view the presentations and the Q&A panel session from the day please click here. This link will take you to the Partners' Area of the Linking London website. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website and you will need your login name and password. If you do not know your username and password, please email


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