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Post-Roadshow Report Card - Sheffield Hallam


Another superb shot by Duncan. I remained sitting like that until my knees seized up, and I almost had to be carried out.

We spent the day at Sheffield Hallam yesterday, in a very impressive building right in the city centre. I was hoping to be visiting the same campus as my brother, who studied fine art there back in the late 90's, but apparently it's now scheduled for demolition, although he claims he had nothing to do with it.
  • Student turnout - 7/10. Pretty good, although there seemed to be a large discrepancy between the hordes of people who had allegedly signed up, and the actual turnout on the day. I'll leave it to David to have words.
  • Number of questions asked - 4/10. Not many, but that appears to be the norm. Maybe it's because I tell all the students everything they could possibly want to know about photography in one go that there's no need to ask questions. Maybe.
  • Quality of tea and cakes - 0/10. What tea and cakes?
  • Quality of extremely posh restaurant food at the "Hallam View" - 10/10. Ye Gods those Monkfish fishcakes were tops. Felt like royalty, and slightly underdressed whilst sitting in the exclusive "staff and visitors only" restaurant.
  • Ability to handle the assignment - 7/10. Above average, with a few outstanding attempts, and a few that needed a lot more polish. What we saw a lot of Hallam though, was very good ideas, even if they were hard pressed for time. Highly commendable.
  • Embarrassment caused by running up and down 4 flights of stairs when the loos were out of order - 8/10. Not what you need when you've been in front of an audience for a couple of hours.
  • Number of people who feature in the presentation who I bumped into in the corridor - 1/1. As with UEL, you know who you are!
Just Newcastle next week, and nothing but a massive pile of admin and other such crap on my desk to deal with at the moment. What joy. Read more on "Post-Roadshow Report Card - Sheffield Hallam"!

Post Roadshow report Card - Sheffield Norton College


View from the back of the crowded room at Sheffield Norton, artfully taken by Duncan of Calumet Fame, cheers Duncan.

Sheffield Norton today, after one of those weird things that people apparently call "holidays". First one I've had this year, and very nice it was too, I recommend them to everyone, and maybe I should have had one a little earlier!
  • Student Turnout - 9/10. Maybe not the highest overall numbers, but the sheer fact that extra chairs had to be laid out impressed us immensely.
  • Number of questions asked - 8/10. As always, it's a hardcore of people, but their commitment and interest is well-noted.
  • Quality of Tea and Cakes - 3/10. Well, what can we say, we went and had lunch in the Tennis centre next door. It were lovely, mind you, but dear me, what about ginger cake, carrot cake, fairy cakes, tea, espressos? These are things that matter people!
  • Number of people who during the flash demo started to think they might have bought into the wrong system - 7/10.
  • Ability to handle the assignment - 7/10. Good attempts on a photographic level, and very good paperwork to match. A bit more attention to detail on the editorial side and you'd all be perfect.
  • Willingness to have portfolios critiqued - 8/10. Lots of very keen people for Emma to cast her skillful eye over, and in some cases some very impressive work - yes, this means you, Mr Carling Lager boy!
Off to Hallam tomorrow, with an early start (but at least that means an early finish). Extra thanks today to Emma from Vue Photographer's Agents who came along to help with both critiquing the assignment and lots of portfolios.
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