Liverpool John Moores University has gone live with new broadcast technology, allowing access to some of the best studios in the UK. Other universities and organisations - including museums, hospital trusts, colleges and schools will be able to use the hubs to connect with the media, using the highest quality sound and audio content, saving time and money.
The LJMU hub follows a bid from the Liverpool Screen School for funding from JISC, the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. The hub is delivered by Globelynx, which installs self-operated camera systems into offices to connect experts to global broadcasters. Other HE hubs are located at Imperial College London and Loughborough University.
Rachel McLean, Director of the Liverpool Screen School at LJMU, said she hopes students themselves will eventually be able to take a hands-on role in managing the new facility.
She commented: "We are already working on projects to link up with partners across the globe to give our students experience of working within a linked-up international media system. For example, on International Women's Day, we could link up with institutions all over the world to work on collaborative media-rich projects.
"These sorts of projects would be impossible without the hub technology. Up to now there have been limited opportunities with Skype, but these solutions are often inadequate in terms of reliability and quality."
Janet Martin, LJMU Director of Corporate Communications, explained: "Our academics are world-class experts, and we are fortunate that they often receive local, national and international broadcast coverage, however this new facility will make it even easier for them to do so, removing time and travel constraints for both the academics and the broadcasters.
"It is important that our world-leading academics and researchers share their knowledge and insight as it demonstrates the impact of the University's research and further profiles LJMU in the UK and around the world.
"One of our main strategies is to build upon LJMU's reputation as a modern civic University, and collaboration with local organisations is key to achieving this aim. We will therefore be making the service available to other organisations in the city, similarly giving them an opportunity to further raise their profiles.
"By making Globelynx available to other organisations we hope LJMU becomes known as a regional centre of broadcasting, and a viable alternative to Media City."
Discover how broadcast hubs, empowered by the JISC network, are providing institutions across the UK with a direct line to the world’s media. Dr Rachel McLean from the Liverpool Screen School talks to JISC
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