Teesside University is celebrating after its students claimed four out of the five student prizes at the prestigious Royal Television Society awards ceremony.

Develop team: Ben Driver and Sam Smith. Image credit: Steve Brock, RTS

The Royal Television Society North East and Border 2018 awards, hosted by Sky News presenter Jayne Secker, recognised achievements in broadcast journalism, production, writing and technical skills.

Students nominated for the awards had the chance to rub shoulders with celebrities including acclaimed actress Brenda Blethyn OBE, Journalist, Presenter and Celebrity Big Brother star India Willoughby and Bread and Coronation Street favourite Melanie Hill.

Teesside University students dominated the student awards section of the evening, taking home four awards, winning the Animation, Comedy and Entertainment, Drama and Factual categories.

The Teesside University winners, from the School of Computing, Media & the Arts are:

  • Regional Student Award: Animation for Slalom, created by Jonathan Tillson
  • Regional Student Award: Comedy and Entertainment for Clyde, created by Alex Burke, Sam Kane, Adoou Qui and TJ Simon
  • Regional Student Award: Drama for Develop, created by Ben Driver, Srijith Jalapathy, Katie Mitchell and Sam Smith
  • Regional Student Award: Factual for The Run, created by Kathryn Dowson, Junaid Iqbal and Judyta Kulpa.

 These prestigious awards showcase the exceptional work our students are doing while they are here and provide them with an excellent platform for when they graduate.

Jonathan Tillson’s ‘Slalom’ was also recognised at the University’s ExpoTees awards in 2017 and Jonathan is now working as Technical Animator in Canada. ‘Slalom’ is a short, character-driven animation which used rollerblading as a medium for expression through dance.

Jonathan said: ‘I wanted to exercise the entire production pipeline, with a focus on character animation, testing a range of skills to complete a polished, quality product.’

Dr Simon Stobart, Dean of the School of Computing, Media & the Arts, said: ‘I am delighted that so many of our students and graduates were recognised at the regional Royal Television Society awards.

‘These prestigious awards showcase the exceptional work our students are doing while they are here and provide them with an excellent platform for when they graduate.’

The student winners of the 2018 Royal Television Society North East and Border awards now go towards the national student awards taking place on Friday 22 June.

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