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'Learning on Screen' Winners

Media team are Winners at the 2015 BUFVC awards

‘Life on Earth's Cold Shoulder’

A short film about glacier ecosystems and climate change, has won a British University Film and Video Council(BUFVC) ‘Learning on Screen’ award. The TEL Media team, part of Learning Enhancement, have won the Courseware and Curriculum In-House Production award and follows on from a win in this category in 2014.

The film is an exciting collaboration between Learning Enhancement and Dr Joseph Cook from the College of Life and Natural Sciences, which challenges the common misconception that the world’s great ice sheets are barren and lifeless landscapes. Dr Cook reveals that they are actually home to abundant and active microbial life and explores the role of ice sheets as sites of great biodiversity and drivers of climate change.

The film, directed and produced by Hannah Davies, features unique footage shot by Dr Cook on his field trip to Greenland in 2014 and aims to bring the remote, harsh and largely inaccessible landscape into the classroom, giving students the opportunity to observe and learn about specific scientific events in context.

Dr Chris Bussell, Dean of the College said that “Joe’s work in itself is extremely important in aiding our understanding of the dynamics of the ice sheets and to have such an innovative and engaging film to widen the accessibility to such globally significant issues is excellent and to have the impact of this work recognised through the BUFVC’s Learning On Screen award is an outstanding achievement for both Joe and Hannah”.

The awards ceremony took place, Thursday 23 April at BFI Southbank in London.

The annual event is the UK's only awards which 'celebrate and reward excellence in the use of moving image and related media in learning, teaching and research.'