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NEWS EDUCATION ITTP Conference Hot Topic: COURSE ACCREDITATION T here were many hot topics discussed at the recent ITTP Conference, one of which was accreditation and the BKSTS are well placed to comment… Industry Accreditation for Broadcasting Industry Courses certainly seemed to be a “hot topic” at one or two points in the day at the recent ITTP Conference held at Pinewood Studios. A number of delegates had some concerns. The long established professional body the BKSTS – The International Moving Image Society, has asked us to remind delegates that HM Government does not support the idea that only one single accrediting body should be available to a particular industry and its courses. BKSTS Accreditation has been in existence for longer than any other schemes and a delegate shared direct experience and some very positive feedback, both from staff and students, from his University, about the BKSTS scheme compared with others. The BKSTS Course Accreditation Scheme provides practical tangible benefits to staff and students long after the accreditation visit is over, provides the course team with a detailed useful report, includes free industry focused events and “showcasing” opportunities, costs very considerably less than other schemes and offers staff and students the kind of benefits and ongoing contact, support and dialogue normally associated with professional body membership. Faculty of Medicine invests in S3D medical video production S lovakia’s leading medical school, Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, has chosen Quantel Pablo Rio 4k high-quality color and finishing software for the recording and finishing of stereoscopic 3D videos of medical procedures. The faculty, a research arm of Bratislava’s Comenius University, has also purchased a Neo Nano panel for enhanced and interactive stereo and color control. The Pablo Rio system was sold via Quantel’s Slovakia-based partner, AVDigital s.r.o. Or alternatively email its co-ordinator, Mark Trompeteler, at: The videos created on Pablo Rio will be used to demonstrate surgical techniques to medical students - an area where stereoscopic 3D has proven itself particularly useful in giving students an extra dimension to their learning. For a full review of the ITTP Conference please turn to page 82. Delegates can find out more about BKSTS Accreditation at: Educational access to over 1m TV and radio programmes C ambridge Imaging Systems flagship asset management and publishing solution, Imagen, has been implemented in a major upgrade of the British Universities Film & Video Councils (BUFVC) off-air recording and media archive service, known as BoB National (short for Box of Broadcasts). The project has created a link from BoB National to the BBC broadcast media archive, providing ERA+ licensed educational institutions with online access to over 1 million television and radio programmes that were broadcast between 2007 and the present day. The project is funded by Jisc, the UKs expert on digital technologies for education and research, and the BBC is a partner in the project.  Access to the archive provides rich media resources that can supplement teaching and improve student engagement, and it also provides a vast amount of research material for academic use. Imagen provides a secure platform from which TV and radio programmes can be easily searched and retrieved; users can also create and share clip compilations and playlists. There is also an EPG menu that allows users to record programmes scheduled in the next seven days from over 60 TV and radio channels from the UK and abroad, and any recordings are then made available for all users. 22 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 86 FEBRUARY 2014