Business School and theatre trust join forces in student fund

 Newcastle University Business School and the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust are working together for the second year running, to fund a student through a combined master’s programme and directorial role in the region. 

FOR the second year in a row, a student from the Newcastle College of Arts and Technology will be selected for a free place on Newcastle University Business School’s Masters in Arts, Business and Creativity (ABC).

The selected student will work with the theatre trust in a directorial capacity while completing the ABC Masters programme, in what is a unique opportunity for budding creative talent in the North East. 

The ABC masters degree is one of the most innovative programmes at the Business School, combining creative inspiration and knowledge of global business practices, to give students the tools to harness artistic opportunities within businesses. 

 Newcastle University Business School’s, senior lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship Chris Ivory said: “The funding of this opportunity is not only of great importance to the Business School and its partner, the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust, but also the region.

“Creative industries are increasingly looking for partners to help nurture and promote talent. Learning the theory behind business management within an arts arena, while also experiencing first-hand the challenges of working within the bustling and exciting creative industry is a once in the lifetime opportunity for a student.

“We are really looking forward to selecting the student and watching them progress during the programme.” 

Coordinating Consultant on behalf of the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust, Brian Debnam, said: "Our first student in this programme, Helen Dobson, was able to direct a full hour length production with eight student actors from Newcastle College's acting programme, which guided audiences around the historic theatre, introducing them to its rich history and unique theatre architecture. She worked with an experienced professional writer to develop the script and was mentored in the development of the production and an accompanying education workshop with schools.

“As a result of the programme Helen has expanded her professional theatre connections and had several organisations approach her to put together similar productions for their historic buildings.
“We have also seen Helen grow professionally through her engagement in the Business School's ABC Masters programme, where she has developed the business management and entrepreneurial skills required to develop and manage her own projects in the future."
Helen Dobson said: “'Studying the ABC course at Newcastle University Business School has been a great experience. I think that the skills I have learned this last year will definitely be a big help in my future career and I'm extremely thankful for being given this fantastic opportunity.”

Helen is due to graduate this December. 

published on: 2nd August 2012