25 May NaSTA 2019 Bid – NSTV
NSTV is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, a huge milestone for our station and to finish this celebration by hosting the 2019 Awards and Conference would be an amazing opportunity.
The University of Nottingham
Nottingham is an amazing student city and very central with good transport links, making it ideal for stations from all across the country to travel to. The University of Nottingham Campus is located just a short distance from the City Centre and is 300 acres of green spaces and stunning architecture! There are 13 halls of residence on campus and we will schedule the conference weekend to fall within the Easter Holidays to allow delegates to stay in the halls on campus. Should delegates choose to stay in hotels, there is a hotel on campus that provides discount for students and a Travel lodge just a 5-minute walk from campus. There are numerous Airbnb’s and hotels in Nottingham city centre and buses run to and from campus every 5-7 minutes.
The Students’ Union
This year the Students’ Union has undergone a major redevelopment, including a brand new state-of-the-art Media Centre for NSTV, URN (University Radio Nottingham) and Impact Magazine. This would be a great opportunity for other stations and members to tour this new space. The new SU also has several spaces available for the workshops running over the weekend.
What to expect
Studio 7 will be used to host the Awards Evening. Kings Meadow Campus is the home of the University of Nottingham Archives and Special Collections, which just happens to be the old ITV Central TV Studios! Studio 7 has remained largely untouched and is used for large events hosted by the Union and University throughout the year; there is something quite poetic about hosting the awards night in an old TV studio! It really is a wonderful space!
The SU events team will advise on food and meal options. The SU in-house TEC&PA Student-run service will provide the technical aspects of the evening, including lighting, screens and other elements. Transport to King’s Meadow Campus will be provided using Tiger coaches from the Students Union building for all delegates, and also provided after the evening to take people to the after-party venue.
The Conference will be hosted within the Students Union Building, with many spaces available for workshop sessions on the Saturday. Mooch bar will be open for the weekend, and on the Friday night for the BBQ and Welcome Drinks. The Media Centre on the floor above Mooch will also be open for people to look around! We will work with local companies and stations (including NottsTV, Hague Camera Systems, Hawthorn and Made in Birmingham) with whom we have built strong working relationships will be contacted for both sponsorship opportunities and invited to lead workshops. We will also work with the NaSTA Exec surrounding workshops, speakers, judges and guests for the weekend.
We aim to keep ticket prices for the Awards and Conference similar to previous years, and have used the 2018 ticket sale figures to provide a rough estimate of total income.
Planned expenditure costs have been highlighted below, using the ticket price outlined earlier as a guide to income. There are several variable extra outgoings that will be added should ticket sales improve on previous years.
Using the Halls of Residence on Campus, situated just a short walk from the Students’ Union Building and other campus amenities, accommodation prices will be kept low. We, as a Union, also have a relationship with the local taxi firm DJ Cars who will be providing discounted, fixed taxi fares for delegates attending the conference.
There are numerous hotels and Airbnb’s located in Nottingham, and the hotel situated on campus provides discount for students. Should delegates choose to select their own accommodation, we will provide suitable options and recommend venues in and around the city.
The Technical Stuff
TheAwards Livestream will be run by NSTV. We pride ourselves on the quality of our live broadcasts, with a strong and experienced team ensuring it runs smoothly. Thanks to huge investment over the past 4-5 years we have an incredible live kit, consisting a fleet of 6 broadcast quality cameras and a full BlackMagic DesignTV Studio Kit. We are used to running long live events, with our coverage of BUCs Big Wednesday lasting almost 6 hours! We will be looking at options for making the submissions process a lot more secure and simpler to use. We will work closely with the NaSTA exec to ensure submissions run smoothly.
The Host Team
The Host team will be lead by our enthusiastic and talented ex-Station Manager, Joe McGeehan (I’m in the middle). I will be studying for my Masters in Biological Photography and Imagery for the next academic year and would love the chance to organise and run NaSTA Awards an Conference 2019! Drawing from my experience as Station Manager this year, I will ensure strong communication with the NaSTA exec and Stations.
The submission dates and information about the event will be updated continually to ensure everyone is aware of what is going on well in advance! Having been to NaSTA 2018 I knows what works well and maybe what doesn’t work so well, and I cant wait to get started and make this the best weekend NaSTA has ever seen! We also have a committed support team in the Union who will provide assistance to the host team when required.
Thanks for reading and if you like what you’ve read, vote NSTV for NaSTA Awards and Conference Host Station 2019!
Host Officer: Joseph McGeehan
Station Manager: Katie Blakeborough