Standards News Headlines
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance Named as One of the Highest Quality Higher Education Providers in the UK
UK – Rose Bruford College of Theatre Performance has been awarded a Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which was introduced by the Government to recognise and reward excellent teaching in UK higher education providers.
The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.
Based on the evidence available the TEF Panel (which is made up of students, employers widening participation experts and academics) judged that: “Rose Bruford College delivers consistently outstanding teaching learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.”
The statement of findings in particular reflected evidence provided which demonstrated:
- An embedded strategy that develops students’ performance and vocational skills demonstrating that the course design and assessment practices provide scope for outstanding level of stretch
- An outstanding institutional culture of personalised learning providing the highest levels of contact time, reflecting the creative nature and conservatoire approach to teaching
- Outstanding links to industry that contribute to the student union experience, providing opportunities to work in simulated and real-life professional environments
- High quality physical and digital resources that support learning and are consistently made use of by all groups of students
- An embedded institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching linked professional practice
The gold award is another external validation of the College delivering the highest quality of teaching and standards, following the awarding of Taught Degree Awarding Powers in January 2017 and the UK quality mark by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) standard in November 2014.
Principal and chief executive, professor Michael Earley, said: “The Gold TEF ranking is a major endorsement for Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and the kind of teaching and learning excellence that led to our receiving Taught Degree Awarding Powers in 2017. We are in the top rank of UK conservatoires and now rank with the best universities in the Teaching Excellence Framework. The Gold award is something we share with all students, staff and alumni, all of whom delivered this tremendous result.”
Rose Bruford College vice principal, Dr. Andrew Walker, added: “We are thrilled to have received such an award. This reflects the tremendous work undertaken by all of the College’s staff in providing our students with a high quality learning experience during their studies on our wide range of undergraduate programmes, both full-time, part-time, on-campus and online, in our school of design, management and technical arts and school of performance.”
The results and the underlying evidence will help students thinking about which university or college to apply to for autumn 2018, and encourage teaching and learning excellence across the UK.
Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said: “Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential. The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.
“The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study.”
23rd June 2017
Prolyte Group co-operates with UK distributor network on knowledge transfer
UK - This year again, Prolyte Group brings a wealth of knowledge to its UK-based truss users and owners. A series of Prolyte Campus events are being held in several locations, thereby supporting the company's customer base on the safe use of truss systems.
Prolyte Campus is a Prolyte Group initiative to support its customers with the best and most up-to-date knowledge available. Providing the tools and training to use the Prolyte Group products safely and in compliance with applicable standards and regulations will help users perform better and safer.
Prolyte Campus offers a complete program of learning activities to create awareness on the safe use of Prolyte products and is organised in co-operation with the Prolyte distribution network.
“Here at AC-ET we’ve long been advocates of specialised equipment training and recognise the responsibility to our customers of ensuring the world class products we sell can be used in a safe and effective manner. Our partnership with Prolyte in delivering Prolyte Campus is driven by our firm belief that education is the key to success,” states Matthew Millward, rigging sales manager at AC-ET.
“Now running for a couple of years, people really start to see the value of what we bring,” comments Paul Hadfield, Prolyte Group distributor manager. “We try to create awareness on the safe use in daily practise and we often see that there is still a lack of proper knowledge. It’s simple, you just can’t give too much training.”
Adam Blaxill at Stage Electrics adds: “We ran a Prolyte Campus back in February and it was so popular that we are running another in September. This training caters for all abilities and knowledge levels, covering the principles behind trussing through to more advanced discussions about loading, it was extremely informative. We had some seasoned technicians take part who all felt they had added to their knowledge of rigging and trussing by attending.”
All UK-based distributors will organise a Campus event, so this year Stage Electrics, Hawthorn, AED distribution and AC-ET all have organised or will organise events. The events are free and open to all who are interested.
22nd June 2017
Green Hippo Teams with DWR Distribution to Deliver South African Training Days
South Africa – Phil Blue, sales manager at Green Hippo, joined with DWR Distribution, a leading player in the installation sector, to deliver a week-long training programme to Green Hippo’s South African distributor’s client base. Sessions were led by Phil with logistical and technical support from DWR’s local staff.
First stop on the Republic of South Africa schedule was Cape Town, where Phil gave an illuminating session, including using DWR’s Hippotizer Boreal and Karst set-up to take attendees through ZooKeeper, Hippotizer’s interface, which allows for real-time control of the engine and all its components.
Phil then flew to South Africa’s east coast to take a session in DWR’s Durban office. The day again covered ZooKeeper, as well as ideas regarding using Green Hippo products in Durban’s churches and theatres, such as the historic Playhouse Theatre. Phil then journeyed to Johannesburg where he and DWR held a training event in the distributor’s main South African office. Here, the team set-up four LCD displays, ensuring that everyone had a great view of Phil’s step-by-step study of ZooKeeper.
“Huge thanks to the team at DWR for their invaluable support, not to mention making me feel so incredibly welcome. It’s always pleasure to meet Green Hippo users and help them get even more from our impressive line of kit,” said Phil Blue.
Dylan Jones of DWR commented: “The road show was very successful and all who attended were excited about the product. I personally found the SHAPE 3D Mapping Software very interesting. Being able to import 3D models from CAD into SHAPE and then visualize your Projection Mapping for masking and alignment before setup is an invaluable tool. I really enjoyed learning from Phil Blue and his training really put forward the foundations of the Hippotizer Software.”
19th June 2017
Learn more about the Soundcraft Ui24R with interactive software demo and video tutorial series
To coincide with the release of the new Soundcraft Ui24R digital mixer and USB multi-track recorder, Soundcraft by Harman has released an interactive online demonstration of the mixer's control software and a video tutorial series to accompany it.
The Soundcraft Ui24R is a new software-controlled digital mixer and multi-track recorder offering 24 input channels, 20 Studer designed preamps, legendary Lexicon effects, dbx dynamics and AFS2 automatic feedback suppression, DigiTech guitar signal processing, multi-track DAW recording via USB, multi-track recording to a USB stick, all with intuitive wired or wireless control.
The Ui24R mixer control software is built on HTML5, meaning the system can be controlled from any modern browser on desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile devices without installing any apps. To allow potential users to experience the software, a demo can be run in any HTML5 compatible browser and gives an actual demonstration of the Ui24R’s software features and capabilities.
In conjunction with the demo software, a new Ui24R video tutorial series guides users through the software, highlighting how it works and showcasing key features.
26th May 2017
AC-ET’s Professional Audio Division to host Allen & Heath dLive certified training courses in Leeds and High Wycombe in June
UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), authorised resellers of Allen & Heath’s top end dLive range of touring consoles, will be hosting certified training at their dedicated training facilities in High Wycombe and Leeds on June 20th and June 22nd respectively.
The courses will be run by experienced trainers from Audio-Technica, Allen & Heath’s representatives in the United Kingdom, who have extensive knowledge of dLive and its applications.
The all-day course is designed specifically for existing dLive users, touring engineers and those looking to upgrade to dLive. It is built around an immersive combination of presentation and hands-on training, designed to showcase the dLive’s power and flexibility across multiple applications. Attendees will receive “certified engineer” status on completion of the course and a selection of Allen & Heath and AC-ET swag.
dLive, Allen and Heath’s premium console range, is designed with a range of features specifically for professional touring, broadcast, theatres and events, hire, corporate markets, and prestige installations. These include an original intuitive user touchscreen interface with pinch, swipe, drag & drop, 128 input channels with full processing, configurable 64 bus architecture, DEEP processing, powerful embedded plug-ins and 16 RackExtra FX with dedicated stereo returns. With a XCVI 160×64 FPGA core processor operating at 96kHz sample rate, dLive is available in a variety of control surface frame sizes and Mixrack I/O but all with the same processing power and channel/buss count.
For more information and to register now to guarantee a place at these events, please visit www.ac-et.com/audio
25th May 2017
Chauvet Professional Holds Fourth Annual Student Lighting Showcase
USA – The historic Ricardo Montalban Theatre glowed with the latest in lighting technology and new design ideas on 1st April when it hosted the fourth annual Chauvet Professional Student Lighting Showcase. An interactive educational event, the showcase has students from college theatre programmes collaborate on lighting projects, then have their work evaluated by noted lighting designers.
“We built this event on the idea of learning by doing,” said DeAnna Padgett, national sales manager of Chauvet Professional. “The students enjoyed working on their projects, which involved lighting scenic elements on the Montalban stage and then having some constructive feedback from designers they know and respect. It’s a unique opportunity for them. We’re grateful for the LDs who came here to lend their wisdom and encouragement to the students.”
Jeff Ravitz, Jim Moody, Matt Ford, Dan Hadley, and Brian Hartley were among some of the top LDs in our industry who participated in the event. Noted programmer Eric Barth volunteered his services to run the board for the students’ designs.
At this year’s event guests received performance ballots to vote on the student designs based on factors like overall creativity, timing and musicality, technical execution, system integration and storytelling. The winner, in a close contest, was the University of Southern California. The USC students were Justus Bradshaw and Derek Christiansen who were taught by assistant professor Tom Ontiveros, MFA, director of BA design/production students at the university’s School of Dramatic Arts.
Students got to work with a wide assortment of Chauvet Professional fixtures representing the latest in lighting technology. This collection of gear included: Maverick MK2 Washes, MK1 Spots and MK3 Washes, Rogue R2 Beams, RH1 Hybrids and R1-FXBs,
Amhaze II haze machines, and PVP F4 LED video tiles.
There was a touching moment before intermission of the event when JT Tautkus was memorialised. A gifted student from Los Angeles City College who participated in the first two Chauvet Professional Student Lighting Showcases, Tautkus lost his life in a motorcycle accident shortly after his graduation.
“JT embodied what this event is all about,” said Padgett. “He was young and gifted, a shining star of the future before he was tragically taken away. But the spirit of what he represented is still here. We are growing the lighting industry by encouraging talented young people to express their creativity.”
10th May 2017
ESTA Publishes Rigging System Inspection Standard
Rigging system inspections are recommended as a component of theatrical workplace safety programmes, but there are currently no industry-accepted guidelines for inspection frequency, who conducts the inspection, how the inspection is conducted, and what should be included in reports. The lack of industry-accepted guidelines exists both for owner-conducted and third-party inspections.
In 2012, ESTA began working on a standard for rigging system inspections. ANSI E1.47 - 2017, Entertainment Technology – Recommended Guidelines for Entertainment Rigging System Inspections, is now approved as an American National Standard and available for free download at tsp.esta.org/freestandards, courtesy of ProSight Specialty Insurance. It offers guidance on inspecting entertainment rigging systems – which are systems used to lift and support scenery, luminaires, and other equipment overhead in entertainment venues, such as theatres, video/film studios, amphitheatres, and arenas used for live performances or special events – including recommended inspector qualifications and responsibilities, scope and frequency of inspections, content of the rigging inspection report, and related information concerning the inspection process. The standard may be of use to rigging system inspectors, rigging system owners, stagehands and performers, insurance companies, and occupational health and safety authorities.
For more information on ESTA's Technical Standards Program, including joining a working group, commenting on a draft standard in public review, or to request that a new standard be developed by one of the working groups, please visit tsp.esta.org
9th May 2017
ABTT Collaborative Doctoral Project Deadline
UK – The application deadline for the new and important Collaborative Doctoral Award, an exciting initiative between the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), is fast approaching.
The Award, which offers a postgraduate student the opportunity to pursue a fully funded PhD at a leading centre for research in theatre and performance, together with the ABTT – one of the earliest organisations to represent the interests and needs of theatre designers and technical practitioners – has attracted much interest and praise for the legacy the resulting body of work will have for the industry.
The purpose of the Award is to enable a researcher to examine the historical context of the establishment and development of the ABTT, as well as its impact on the evolution of theatre design and standards of architectural, engineering and stage arrangements for places of entertainment. For clarification, the term “theatre design” is used in this context to describe the design of premises to accommodate the presentation of live performance.
Full Project Description information is available on the RCSSD's website, as well as the ABTT’s website under its News section, alongside details of how to apply.
The deadline for completed applications is Friday, 5th May 2017, with calls to interview scheduled for week commencing Monday, 15th May 2017.
Applications should be submitted direct to RCSSD and should any applicant wish to have a preliminary discussion before submitting their application, please contact Daniel Hetherington at: firstname.lastname@example.org
28th April 2017
BSR E1.58: First Public Review
USA – The National Electrical Code (NFPA70) has a general requirement for all electrical equipment to be listed and used in accordance with its listing. This normally restricts or prohibits the outdoor use of equipment not identified for outdoor use, but, the Code contains an exception for Theatrical and Motion Picture Special Occupancies that permits this use provided the installation is supervised by qualified personnel. It offers no further guidance on this condition. The Electrical Power Working Group of ESTA's Technical Standards Program has written BSR E1.58 – 201X, Electrical Safety Standard for Portable Stage and Studio Equipment Used Outdoors, a new draft standard, in an effort to offer that guidance. It is being offered for public comment through 19th June 2017.
The purpose of the standard is to identify hazards associated with the outdoor use of portable stage and studio lighting equipment and portable power distribution equipment that is not identified (listed) for outdoor use, and to recommend practices for qualified personnel to mitigate such hazards at outdoor entertainment events and media production sites in the United States. Materially affected parties include entertainment technology industry manufacturers, end users, management, performers, and technicians who work outside. The draft standard, a public review form, and public review instructions are available to download from http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. For more information, or to submit a review form, write to email@example.com
25th April 2017
Atlona Launches New Programme for Education Market
USA – Atlona is strengthening its support and partnership initiatives in the education market through its new Atlona Education Programme (AEP), which will simplify how K-12 and higher education institutions acquire, implement, manage and maintain AV technology solutions on campus.
To build Atlona’s partnerships in the education market and nurture the program, Atlona has promoted its former south-east regional sales manager, Joel Carroll (pictured), to the newly created position of business development manager, education markets.
The AEP was created to partner with education technology managers, instructors and administrators, and give them the inside edge they have seek on Atlona technology and services. AEP partners will take advantage of many exclusive benefits, including dedicated training, design, and support. Through this, Altona will be the go-to resource to help them navigate the ever-evolving AV solutions that benefit campus-wide classroom instruction, collaboration, and support.
“We are dedicated to providing solutions and support to the education market, and know that K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are increasingly looking to adopt new technologies and concepts to create collaborative teaching environments,” said Carroll. “Atlona’s recent innovations for the education market were born from listening to our customers and their needs. This includes the introduction of our HDVS product line, and more recently our Velocity cloud-based control system and UHD-SW-510W BYOD solution,” said Carroll. “The Atlona Education Programme was built to establish strong relationships with educational institutions and provide them industry leading support.”
Carroll will focus on bringing new education customers into the programme, and work closely with them to navigate the trends and opportunities taking shape in K-12 and higher education learning environments. In addition to proactively bringing customers into the AEP, Carroll will directly communicate with customers who sign up for the programme at http://atlona.com/atlona-education-program/.
Other AEP member benefits include a dedicated AEP hotline, preferred pricing, and an opportunity to earn “EduPoints” redeemable for evaluation products and personalised training at Atlona’s headquarters.
“We are excited to launch the AEP programme at a time when disruptive technologies are changing the way that students, instructors and administrators communicate across learning environments,” said Ilya Khayn, Atlona CEO and co-founder. “Atlona’s continuing AV innovations, and strong dedication to training and customer service, will provide our growing customer base in education with the tools and knowledge they need to enhance instruction and collaboration.”