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Ulster University second-year Media students have put theory into practice by working in key roles during The 148th Open Championship.

The students were part of the group of 100 Ulster University students who secured work and volunteering opportunities during the competition.

Studying either Media Studies and Production (MSP) or Interactive Media (IM) at the Coleraine campus, students were required to undertake 70 hours of work-based learning experience as part of their coursework.

The selected Media students secured roles as Production Runners, Graphics Operators, Monitor Display Changers and Camera Operators for the event. The students had the unique opportunity of being a central part of the production team, helping to manage the live feed in the main production hub and working alongside the directors to ensure the visuals were transmitted smoothly.

Ulster University student and Production Runner, Kirsty Wilson said;

“It has been great seeing first-hand the organisation that goes into such a big event. Getting to learn about the whole process from the set-up to the implementation has been a fantastic experience. The skills and knowledge that I gained over The Open has given me added confidence going forward in my career.”

Dr Jolene Mairs Dyer, Lecturer in Media Production said;

“The Open Championship was a unique opportunity for students to gain invaluable experience behind the scenes in seeing how a large-scale, international outside live-event broadcast operates. The feedback I have received from the production company has been remarkable and not only demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of our students but the impact that Ulster University graduates bring to the world of work.”