National Citizenship Service programme (NCS) returned to the University of Brighton this summer with a gigantic cohort of 210 young people aged 15-17 taking part in the University’s TV Studio experience.
For the past three years NCS Brighton and Hove has been hosted by Albion In The Community and this year it attracted record numbers. The NCS project takes place over three weeks with three distinct phases; the first being adventure week, the second being “future” where participants live away from home and experience independent living and the third being “make a difference” where they take part and lead a social action project.
The TV Studio experience took part in phase 2 “future” as it enabled all the young people to develop further skills, experience a university campus and to talk reflectively about their past week’s experience in order to think about their future. All participants took part in the introductory Brighton Crimewatch before creating their own bespoke programme. With twelve projects taking place at Falmer and Watts TV studios over two weeks, the programmes created by each group varied in style and genre with some opting for a Jeremy Kyle style chat show whereas others tended towards the One Show and more casual yet well-informed news broadcasts.
Out of the 210 participants, all from Brighton and Hove, 99 of them had never visited the University of Brighton before yet 111 declared their want to go onto Higher Education. This project therefore offered a fantastic opportunity to give them all an insight into their local university, to meet some lecturers and speak with University of Brighton students such as Sinead Dawson and Dilan Kulekci.
With skills learnt from “how to manage a team” to “how to use a camera and to be more confident speaking on camera” to “be more patient” and “how to think on your feet” the TV Studio experience undoubtedly positively contributed to their overall NCS experience and hopefully will encourage future thought on applying to the University of Brighton as their University of choice.
National Citizenship Service programme (NCS) is a personal and social development programme that aims to give young people in years 11 and 12 the opportunity to work succinctly as a team, to become more responsible and engage with their local community. After spending a week team-building in Wales at an outdoor activity camp, the young people returned to Brighton to learn about their community and how they might be able to make a difference by volunteering.
Albion in the Community, the community arm of Brighton and Hove Albion, has worked in partnership with the University of Brighton for over three years. In April, twenty-one young people from the NCS programme attended the University for a one-day event; to create two bespoke television programmes that captured their thoughts and feeling on their volunteering experience so far.
Out of the twenty-one participants from Brighton and Hove, eighteen had never visited the University of Brighton and eleven had never visited a university before. This one-day project therefore offered all involved an intense and creative induction into the University of Brighton whilst helping them develop communication, team work and media skills. Eighteen deemed their experience to be excellent with skills learnt ranging from “being a good presenter” to “how to use the cameras and think on your feet”. With only “more time” needed for improvement, this NCS project was hugely successful and a positive university experience for all.
The project was lead by Jedge Pilbrow and Robyn Moallemi. 2014 was the third year running The University of Brighton worked in partnership with Albion in the Community to support the government funded National Citizenship Service programme.