NaSTA is an association that unites nearly 50 student television stations across the UK. Working with partners across different areas of student life and the television industry, we are a representative body designed and governed by student television, for student television.


Every year over 40 student TV stations enter the NaSTA Awards, the most prestigious and longest running student TV awards in the UK with 20 categories recognising all aspects of television production. The NaSTA Conference & Awards is the highlight of the student television calendar. Students, alumni and industry leaders meet together for a weekend conference with industry sessions, networking and challenges, culminating with the prestigious awards ceremony. The 2018 Awards will be hosted by Sheffield’s Forge TV.


Student television in the UK is over 50 years old and NaSTA itself has been going for over 45 years. We have grown from an annual meeting of a few stations showing off their videos to a community of 48 stations regularly working together and sharing ideas. We organise the longest running student media awards in the country, run regional events across the UK, help students meet, learn from and network with television professionals and help our member stations develop their content, audience and stations.


Affiliated stations


Years of Student TV


Annual Conference Delegates


Award entries submitted this year

Events across NaSTA and the industry

This is a regional convention for the West and Wales NaSTA region. This is a free event open to all students and is a great opportunity for students in Wales or the West of England to meet and attend talks with guests from industry. More...
Cardiff University
Battersea Evolution, London
Feb 3 @ 12:00 – 18:00
Robert Gordon University
Feb 27 – Mar 1 all-day
Transforming the world of media and entertainment with thought-provoking ideas and ground-breaking innovations.
ExCeL London
SMPTE will explore how SMPTE 2110 fits with emerging NMOS specifications for discovery and registration (IS-04), connection management (IS-05) and network control (IS-06).
Suitcase TV
Mar 14 @ 18:30 – 21:15
SMPTE ST 2110 is probably the most important change in broadcast television since John Logie Baird went head to head with EMI-Marconi for the 1936 Alexandra Palace tests. Live, real time broadcasts are now possible in the IP domain using standardized systems from the camera...
Pincents Manor
This year we visit BBC R&D South lab– to see what they have been working on and their view of the future since we visited two years ago. There is so much to hear about Time labels, Broadcast Render engine and IP Studio/ST2110 that we...
Apr 13 – Apr 15 all-day
More info coming soon!
Sheffield Students' Union, Sheffield Students' Union, Western Rd, Sheffield S10 2TG
The move from SDI to IP is happening at the same time as media processing is moving from hardware to software. For broadcasters to get the true benefits of an IP environment they need to do more than replicate SDI installations with IP. Currently the...
Crystal Vision
Discover how IMF benefits existing subtitling and dubbing pipelines, as well as accommodates regionalised on-screen inserts and editorial workflows. Looking beyond the pictures and sound John Birch will describe how subtitling workflows are adapting to the handle ever growing numbers of language variants. He will...
Pincents Manor

NaSTA Projects.

NaSTA hosts national and regional events connecting student TV stations with each other and with industry. NaSTA also helps oversee collaborative national broadcasts that lets one station lead an exciting production that other stations submit content for and some even contribute live!

Over the past year, we’ve been working on shifting the regional structure to ensure that stations are well connected with their neighbours of close proximity. Affiliated stations of the National Student Television Association are divided into regions of the country. Each region has a Regional Development Officer who is responsible for engaging with stations within their region and organising regional events for members of stations within the region. The regional structure helps NaSTA ensure that its activities are spread across the nation to benefit all stations.

  • Scotland

  • Northern England

  • Eastern England

  • West Midlands

  • Wales and Wales

  • London and Home Counties

  • South Coast

The Teams Behind NaSTA.

NaSTA is a body run by volunteers from within student television and those who have moved on to successful careers in the industry. One thing unites them all — the love of seeing students succeed in making television. They all work to develop opportunities for stations and link individuals with partners in the television industry.

The NaSTA Exec is made up of 7 elected members who look after specific areas of the organisation. They are led this year by Chris Osborn who is the Chair of NaSTA.

Working with the elected Development Officer, Regional Development Officers are appointed to help develop a specific number of stations within a geographical area. They also look after running regional conferences and events.

This years conference and awards will be brought to you by the University of Sheffield’s Station: Forge TV from the 13th to the 15th April 2018. As they go into their 10th anniversary year. Lead by host officer Tom Mason, the team will be bringing you fantastic conference sessions by industry experts at the number one Students’ Union in the UK.

The Student Television Alumni Network (STAN) was formerly known as PaSTA. Up until 2016 it was an organisation within NaSTA, and an Alumni Officer sat on the NaSTA Executive Committee as a non-executive member. In 2016 it was decided to split the two organisations, to help both bodies achieve their aims, which will in turn benefit their respective members.