Helen Lumley

Course: Creative Media Production (TV and Film)

Previous school: Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Helen credits the tutors at New College Durham for inspiring and encouraging her to pursue a career in the media industry and said that her two years at New College Durham were the best years of her life!

She said:

“I came to New College Durham as it offered the best resources available for my chosen field.  The teaching was amazing. When I progressed to university I realised that much of what I was being taught, I already had a good knowledge of thanks to the teachers at New College Durham. I also enjoyed the freedom of creativity, access to professional equipment, guidance from both tutors and technicians, but mostly the support and encouragement I received every step of the way.

“The best thing about the course was definitely the tutors! I benefited from being taught by those with real experience in the industry. I still use their advice and guidance to help me in the industry today.

“It was a pleasure going to college every day, because the campus was always clean, well maintained and spacious. There was a real sense of community and the atmosphere was always uplifting!

“My time at New College Durham were two of the best years of my life. When I first walked through those doors, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Luckily, I encountered some fantastic people who inspired me to pursue something that helped to develop my creative side. They taught me the skills I needed, encouraged my ideas, praised me when I did well and guided me when I needed help. I'm so grateful for all the college did for me, because I definitely wouldn't have come as far as I have without them!”

Helen progressed to The University of Sunderland to study Broadcast Media Production.  Her dissertation, a TV Pilot entitled Community Radio, recently won the Regional Student Royal Television Society Award 2017 in the Comedy and Entertainment category. 

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