Leeds Beckett University was delighted to support the inaugural Audio & Radio Industry Awards (ARIAS), which was hosted by the Radio Academy at the First Direct Arena in Leeds in October.
The star-studded ceremony, hosted by DJ and presenter Sara Cox, treated guests to a spectacular evening of music and celebration, with performances from the Kaiser Chiefs, Gregory Porter and more. The awards, the biggest cross-industry celebration of UK radio and audio, were supported by our University and Leeds BID (Leeds Business Improvement District).
The ARIAS celebrated talent in the radio and audio industry across 16 categories, showcasing the very best in creativity, excellence, and innovation. In supporting the ARIAS, we underpinned our University's ethos to enhance our student's experience through strengthening relationships and building links with industry.
Our University has an excellent track record of helping graduates develop their skills and build successful careers in music, audio technology, performance arts, production and broadcast media. Our success is based on the close working relationships that our University has established with employers and partners, to provide work experience and give our students the edge they need to land their dream industry roles.
Our world-class, industry standard, facilities attract would-be sound engineers, DJs, producers and technicians to our University year-on-year. We were also the first University to receive accreditation from JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) the governing body for APRS and the Music Guild, for the quality of our music technology courses.
Talented students across a range of disciplines will be working at the event, gaining valuable real-world major event experience in roles including PR, video, production and stage runners, sound and vision operators, photography and journalism. These experiences will help to set our students apart, ensuring that as graduates they are ready for work and ready to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.
Some well-known graduates from our University who have gone on to success in the field include Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden, one-half of chart-topping band Rudimental; Yasser Ranjha, former Capital Radio presenter, now on BBC Radio 1; and Ricky Wilson, frontman of the Kaiser Chiefs.
For more information on the ARIAS please visit www.radioacademy.org.
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