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UEL teams up with creative body to give students a head start

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The Creative Industries Federation represents, champions and supports the UK's creative industries

The next generation of creatives at the University of East London will get a head start thanks to a new partnership which gives them access to industry experts throughout their studies.

The University of East London has teamed up with the Creative Industries Federation to provide free membership to students and staff as they launch a new platform to provide freelancing, business start-up and careers support for students.

Professor Suzanne Dixon, director of Careers and Enterprise for the Schools of Architecture, Computing and Engineering and Arts and Creative Industries, said, "We are very excited to have negotiated this for staff and students within creative programmes and hope the addition of expertise from industry professionals will add to the careers and enterprise work underway in both schools."

Dr Paul Marshall, pro vice-chancellor (careers and enterprise), said, “As a careers-led university, we work hard to ensure we provide our students with opportunities for engaging with industry, maximising their opportunities and preparing them for the world of work. We very much welcome this partnership with the Creative Industries Federation.”

The Creative Industries Federation is the membership body which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries. Through their unique network of creative organisations, their policy and advocacy work is extensive, as well as offering UK-wide events to support and celebrate the work of its members.

To start the new partnership, creative students form the University recently attended the Creative Industries Festival, giving students access to discussions with BBC Director General, Tim Davie and interviews from BBC's Konnie Huq with George the Poet and lead singer of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells.

Commenting on the partnership, Dr Diana Beech, chief executive of London Higher said, “We are delighted to see this partnership between the Creative Industries Federation and the University of East London. We know that connecting students and graduates with industry, and giving them access to professional expertise, helps them to thrive at all stages of their careers. This is a brilliant opportunity for students to work at the heart of the creative industries.

“The London creative sector is so important to the economy and the vibrancy of the city. Access to a platform where students can share their own talents, while harnessing support from practitioners and industry leaders, will produce exciting collaborations between students and professionals that will help to secure the future of the UK creative industries.”