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UCMK Now

UCMK Now

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Published by UCMKJournalism
A student newspaper produced by journalism students at University Centre Milton Keynes, England
A student newspaper produced by journalism students at University Centre Milton Keynes, England

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UCMK Now
13th December
High yer
Milton Keynes CollegeDean Julie Millsdiscusses plans going
forward for HigherEducation
 
Continued page 4
The magazine by students, for students
Congraduations!
Staff and students atthe University CentreMilton Keynes wavegoodbye to their sec-ond roll of graduatesthis year
The FullDegree
Uni set to hostthird year of
FoundationDegree
Teccy tips
PROUD parents looked on asstudents from the UniversityCentre Milton Keynes complet-ed their courses and collectedtheir degrees at the univer-
sity’s second ever graduation.During the rst half term of
the year, students and tutorscongregated at The Church ofChrist the Cornerstone in the
city centre for the presentation.
Sharon Oh, graduated fromDigital Imaging and Design
on the day. She described herfeelings of elation at the event.She said: “It’s a bit nerve-wracking but it’s such a goodexperience because I’ve nevergraduated before so it’s reallyexciting.“I don’t see graduating as theend of a journey but the start ofa journey because we’ve still
got another year to go and af-
ter that some people can prob
-
ably get a job, but some peoplemight go for post graduates.“Graduation isn’t the end ofour journey, it’s the start of our journey.”
Like many of the students atUCMK Sharon is set to moveforward with her degree havingmoved to Luton to continue herFoundation Degree to a full BA
Honours.
Cory Steppings has taken hisdegree to the next level andhas seized the opportunity tomove to Southampton to com-
plete the course.He said: “It’s nostalgic to beback, very, very weird.“I’m happy but I’m sad as wellbecause I made some goodfriends here and we’re alwayshaving some good times.
“It feels like an end of an era
but the beginning of a newchapter I’d have to say de
-
nitely.”
Ellie Geogeiva has continuedher Journalism course at Bed-ford and commented on how
by Emma Woolford 
Tech advice
from in housenerds Emma
and Sean
 
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ContentsNews
Entertainment
Graduation Celebration
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Sharing new techniques
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MK’s rst poet laureate
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Sky high parking
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High yers
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Rayzie
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Teccy tips
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Student Producer
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Money Saving tips
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 Art exhibitions
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The Best Christmas TV
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Christmas Survival tips
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Page 3Page 6Page 7Page 9Page 12Page 13Page 16Page 18Page 18Page 19Page 19Page 20
Second roll of graduates celebrateChinese teachers learn new methods from MK staMeet poet Mark Niel who works with UCMKStudents outrage at expensive parking spaces
College moving forward with Higher Education
Matt tells us how he mixes uni with DJ-ing Advice from our resident nerds Arkwright AKA Sam King talks DJ-ingSavvy ways to watch the penniesThe exhibitions that have been onBen King is back with his take on festive TVHelp from UCMK’s own super scrimper
THE beginning of the new aca
-demic year has marked a newera for the media departmentwith the opening of new facili-
ties at Chaffron Way.
The popularity of the media
courses has been overwhelm
-ing over the past few yearsand as a result the departmenthave outgrown their space on
the Bletchley campus.
Becky Findley, a tutor in themedia department played a
big role in the move betweencampuses.
“Originally we thought wecould modify our existing sur-roundings at Bletchey to ac-
commodate what we needed.
But with the way the mediaindustry has moved on andhow technology has movedon, it was decided that it would
be cheaper and more efcient
to create a new space over at
Chaffron Way.”
Becky explains how success
has been the driving forcebehind the move; “We’ve be
-come very, very successful asa course and what that meantwas that we have actually out-
grown Bletchley.
“With the addition of new
New media facilities for students
courses, in particular thegames development course,and the quantity of students
we’ve had join us in the pastyears we just didn’t have thecapacity at Bletchley anymore.
So what that meant was thatwe were getting an exciting
upgrade.”
Each year the college gothrough a rigorous planningprocess in which they measuredemand that is coming throughfrom students, Julie Mills de-
scribes the steps they took to
make the decision to move the
department;
“Every year we have manymore investment options thanwe have investment cash sowe have to identify which we
think is going to be the bestone that will deliver. One of theareas that we identied as be
-ing really good quality with thepotential for growth was the
media and photography area.
“By moving media to theChaffron Way campus andinvesting in the new studio, ithas also allowed us to growphotography and some of theother related things on the
Bletchley campus.”Julie expanded by describ
-ing how the media departmentstood out particularly promi-
nently last year; “There’s quitea hub in Milton Keynes around
digital media employment and
therefore we know we’ve got
employers who are workingwith us and who want to de-
velop skills.
“Recruitment so far is dem-onstrating that, that is right,there is the demand for it and
we are now able to offer a fan
-
tastic level of quality.”
Julie enthusiastically pointedout the learning opportunitiesthe new studio has presented
students with at the college;“We’ve had employers com
-ing in to look at the studio whohave seen the facilities andactually are saying to us: “Can
I come and work with you?”
To which our response is ofcourse!
“If we can build it so thatthey’re actually working with
students as part of that then
that’s great. It gives you some
-
thing back as an employerand it helps our students be
-
come much more employable
and really experience the real
world.”
Nigel Quinn hosts most of hislessons in the new media stu-
dio, sat at the Macs in the back
of the studio a smile spreadsacross his face when asked
about the new technology stu
-
dents have been able to inter
-
act with, he said;
“The college have investedin a new set up in the studioso a new space completelycompared to our old studio,
it’s great because the students
are getting to use new technol-
ogy.
“The old studio was great in
its day but it had been there
for a few years or so, so it was
getting a bit dated. Everythingnow is on solid state, we don’t
use any tapes so we record
everything onto a hard drive.It’s a lot easier for the stu
-
dents, I think their work owsbetter now.“It’s good that we’ve tried to
keep on top of the technologyand everything so the studentsare learning skills that are rel-
evant to what’s actually hap
-
pening outside. It’s been goodfor the students.”
The media department at the college has grown fast in the past few years
Uni gets a visit from one of the MKDons most promising players
Page 11
by Emma Woolford 
Department lecturers Vikaas Mistry, Becky Findley, Nigel Quinn, Shane Harper and Leanne Taylor together in the new studio
Train fare soars
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Interfaith Art
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‘Dan the Man’
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Seasonal shortage
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MKFM new premises
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Uni set to host third year
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Page 13Page 14Page15Page 10Page 8Page 6
Maria Eagle discusses train fares
Combination of art and faith exhibition
IT guru walks us through achievementsSupplies at MK food bank take a hitLocal radio station gets new studioFoundation degrees will be completed to Ba Hons
Technology advice
Page 12
Trevor Sinclair works asOlympic volunteer
Page 8
 
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happy she was to graduate
from UCMK.
She said: “I feel really happy
it’s been two very tough yearsbut I think it’s worth it in the endit’s been blood sweat and tearsbut we’ve had a great time!“I’m only in my third year andalready I can see that I’ve got
Grad’ you came
 
Journalism graduates ElenorGeogeiva, Mary Biswell, NeilShefford and Jess WilliamsProud lecturers, Jon Boyle, Dan Vine,Tom Shilliday and Judy Mudge withUCMK director Kate StephensDigital Imaging and Design students SharonOh, Regina Damola and Cory SteppingsSports Science lecturer Tom Shilliday withhis successful studentsDan Vine with his happy studentsJustine Rennie and Natasha Carr
Kate stephens xes journalismgraduate, Jess Williams’, gown
the skills, I know what I want todo so I can organise myself a
bit better.“That is all because of whatwe’ve learnt here and as a re
-
sult of all the work we did.”
Journalism lecturer JonBoyle was at the event waving
goodbye to his second batchof graduates.Pictures taken by Charlie Ray
at the Graduation ceremonyin the centre of Milton Keynes
during November.
He expressed his joy at theevent, he said: “I actually felt
like a proud Dad up there.“It was the second time I’vebeen along and I was just asproud as I was the rst time Idid it last year.“The batch that have just
graduated are a really lovelyclass, they worked hard and
University waves good bye to second round of graduates in half term
I’m glad they got their rewardsby graduating and I’m surethey’re going to go on to reallybig and really good things inthe future.”
MK College Dean Julie Mills stood with journalism
graduates, Jon Boyle and Nick Isles outside the church

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