Degree Means Lively and Eventful Life For Ben

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Date posted: 11 January 2012

Helping stage international events in the Middle-East and for the United Nations are among the exciting freelance projects Ben White has been involved in since completing his University of Derby degree course.

Ben, 21, originally from Billericay in Essex but now living in Derby, will graduate with a BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology degree on Thursday 19 January, as part of the University's annual two days of Awards Ceremonies, held at Derby Assembly Rooms.

Students on the degree learn analogue and digital electronics, audio and lighting system design, acoustics, computer-aided design, and the management and teamworking skills needed to stage any event; including business conferences, music concerts, light shows and advertising promotions.

Since completing his degree last summer, 2011. Ben's freelance work has taken him on a range of interesting jobs.

He said: "In December I worked for a fantastic events service company called Showforce Services Ltd in Doha, Qatar, for three weeks, helping stage the 20th World Petroleum Congress. There was a lot of technical work providing the lighting and sound needed for conferences, including the opening press conference of the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).

"After that I was involved with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations' fourth annual forum, also held at the QNCC, doing similar work. I was lucky enough to be part of the team that accommodated the Emir of Qatar's wife, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, and the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon.

"I'd never been to the Middle-East before and it was a privilege to be able to work alongside people with so much experience and knowledge."

Ben added: "One of the things that first attracted me to the Derby degree was the diverse syllabus taught throughout the three years which other courses did not seem to offer. Delivered by highly experienced and approachable lecturers, the degree offered everything I needed to start my career within the industry."

Around 2,000 students will graduate from the University of Derby over the two days of Awards Ceremonies on January 19 and 20.

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