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3A awards IN THE FRAME:
University of Leicester win the Learning on Screen Training Award, Best Editing and Premier Award

The University’s video production unit, AVS – Video, was showered with prizes at this year’s Learning on Screen awards, winning two runner-up Highly Commended certificates and 3 first place awards, including the top Premier Award. The awards – the UK’s education Oscars – are organised by the Society for Screen Based Learning to promote the 'use of innovative learning design and production creativity'.

In the craft awards, Leicester won the award for Best Editing and was runner up in the Best Camera category for the Higher Education Summer School video. The judges said: “In a very tightly run race between three very strong candidates, we decided to give the award to Leicester because of the nicely paced, well crafted editing style which kept the jury engrossed throughout the film.”  

Hari Kaur, the University's Widening Participation Project Leader, is in no doubt that “the video has been instrumental in breaking down barriers and misconceptions commonly associated with higher education. Young people are actually sitting up to listen to their peers extolling the virtues of the Summer School and University generally.”

Leicester won the Training Award for its video about the Leicester Royal Infirmary Prematurity Prevention Service which operates in a unique way to identify and reduce the risks of mothers giving birth prematurely. The video was made to introduce the service and its techniques to staff and patients and was also shown as part of an exhibition at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. “The success of this film in the face of the competition it encountered was impressive,” the judges commented, “this film with its beautifully weighted, carefully crafted approach to the subject of training provides us all with an important benchmark against which future entrants in this category will be judged.”  

AVS award TEAMWORK: AVS-Video's Carl Vivian and Jon Shears with awards ceremony host Fred Dinage (third left) and Charlie Fenton from Premier Award sponsors Panasonic Broadcast Europe (right)

The Premier Award, the top award for non-broadcast entries, was given to ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse’, a video commissioned by the Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston Domestic Violence Forum and paid for through funding from the National Lottery and Comic Relief. The video forms part of a teaching pack aimed at Years 9 and 10 in schools and is designed to raise issues and stimulate discussion about domestic violence. It features two women who have been victims of domestic abuse who tell their stories and explain how they have managed to cope with their experiences. According to the Society "the production scored high marks with the judges, especially with the great deal of thought which had gone into the making of the film. It is a well executed and totally absorbing film and it conveys its important message with great skill and power.” Although initially made with a teenage audience in mind, the video is also being used locally in nurse and police training on domestic violence and in the University’s School of Social Work.

Jon Shears
May 2002

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