Royal Television Society success for UCLan graduates

13 February 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Lauren Clark and Benjamin Archer have scooped Student Television Awards

Two University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduates have won prestigious industry awards from the North West Royal Television Society (RTS).

Lauren Clark and Benjamin Archer collected their prizes at the annual Student Television Awards, which was held at the Lowry Theatre, MediaCityUK on 11 February.

The prizes, which recognise the best in student talent from across the region, were given in five categories: Animation, Factual, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama and Open.

The award in the Open category, which was introduced for the first time this year, was presented to Lauren for ‘LA Larry’. The judges felt it was humorous, with good characters that contrasted Preston with the sunshine of LA. The award in the Animation category went to Benjamin for ‘Consumption’, which the judges felt was dramatic and atmospheric and used impressive models with superb detail.

Lauren said: “This is amazing. I would just like to say that everyone at UCLan has been fantastic.”

"This is amazing. I would just like to say that everyone at UCLan has been fantastic"

Left: Animation winner Benjamin Archer receiving his award from BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and BBC Sport’s Dan Walker. Right: Open category winner Lauren Clark with her Royal Television Society North West award. Photos by Claire Harrison.

Two other UCLan students were shortlisted for the prizes. Zak Hanley Wood was shortlisted in the Animation category for ‘How To Survive Horror Movie Cliches’ while Viktorija Vrublevska was shortlisted in the Comedy & Entertainment section for ‘The Skin I'm In’.

BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin hosted the ceremony while Dan Walker, from BBC Sport and Radio 2, was the guest speaker.

The Awards ceremony followed a half-day event produced in partnership with Salford University, which was attended by students from across the North West. The ‘RTS NW Student Awards Conference: Engaging with the Media’ consisted of a range of informative sessions with high profile speakers from across many genres of television including Andrew Morrissey from LA Productions, Amy Buscombe from CBBC, Aziz Rashid from BBC North West, Jon Hancock and Dan Bays from CBeebies, Steve Hanton from Studio Distract, Simon Partington from Flix Facilities and Alex Connock from Shine North.

Alex Connock, Chair of the RTS North West Centre and Managing Director of Manchester-based production company Shine North, said: “Once again the awards this year have revealed the great depth of talent and achievement in a really varied group of colleges and universities right across the North West. It’s invigorating to see how much quality is coming through into the industry in this exciting period where it moves rapidly into download platforms alongside traditional TV output. We love to see students taking the bull by the horns and creating their own films and there are some superb examples of that this year.”