UK Student Chapters

Within the UK there are currently five Universities which contain a SMPTE Student Chapter. These, together with NaSTA, provide the means by which students can find out more about current topics in film and TV tehcnology. Equally, SMPTE members can learn what the students are learning and the skills and aspirations they have.

Each Chapter works independently – under the guidance  of a Student Advisor - a members on the staff – with support with the UK section leaders  in the locality and centrally.

Sean Lancastle at Bristol University coordinates the activities of the Student chapters in the UK and the Student advisors with those across the world.


Birmingham City University

Student Advisor:  Jerry Foss biography

Technology courses delivered in the Centre for Digital Technology

The Centre for Digital Technology hosts the DMT Lab which is a centre for research and doctoral study covering broadcast technologies, media technologies, media network technologies, mixed reality technologies, audio technologies. The lab is delivering high-calibre research in these areas. The research underpins the delivery of the centre’s courses, as listed below.

Delivered to BBC undergraduates and graduate trainees:

BEng (Hons) Broadcast and Communication Engineering – Level 6 Apprenticeship for BBC apprentices

MSc Broadcast Engineering – Level 7 Apprenticeship for BBC Graduate Trainees (Part Time block delivery)

Courses with general recruitment:

MSc Broadcast Engineering – (Full Time, block delivery) | BSc (Hons) Film Technology and Visual Effects (Full time regular scheduled delivery)

BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology (Full time regular scheduled delivery) | BSc (Hons) Music Technology | BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production

For other media courses, see the School of Media



Student Advisor:  David Crawford biography

Ravensbourne run a range of course on film, television, production, sound and gaming covering BA, BSc, MA and MSc courses. More information can be found here.

University of Salford

Student Advisor:  Laurence Murphy biography

Salford run a BSc Media Technology course combining Engineering theory with Production know-how. The course has an impressive employment record in broadcast technical operations, broadcast engineering and systems design. Students gain work as broadcast engineers in transmission and distribution companies or in systems design companies as proposals engineers, technical sales, engineering or project  management. 

Southampton Solent University

Student Advisor:  Paul Bourne biography

The Media Technology Programme at Southampton Solent University is proud to host one of the first SMPTE Student Chapters in the UK. We are committed to producing high-calibre, media-aware technologists for sound, vision and acoustic industries.

The programme comprises a range of BSc, BEng and MSc courses:

BSc (Hons) Film and Television Production Technology  |  BSc (Hons) Video and Streaming Technology  |  BSc (Hons) Live Sound Technology  |  BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering  |  BSc (Hons) Music Technology  |  BSc (Hons) Sound for Film, TV and Games  |  BEng (Hons) Audio and Acoustic Engineering  |  MSc Applied Audio Engineering

The programme originated from maritime communications courses and has been running for 25 years. Our commitment to practical experience has resonated well and allowed us to make firm industry contacts; these contacts have kept us relevant as well as providing the students with fantastic opportunities.

We also have some great facilities onsite, including studios, Foley booths, laboratories, an Outside Broadcast production vehicle, a virtual reality lab, a digital cinema with Dolby Atmos and anechoic chambers. Take a virtual tour here.

Visit the Media Technology Blog for details of our latest exploits or visit our subject area page!

The student chapter meets several times a year including with the southern section and other student chapters. All student and professional members are very welcome to attend events at Solent as advertised. Meetings provide a friendly space to foster networking and discussions across subjects and generations. See you there!

University of Surrey

Student Advisor:  Alan Haigh biography

Chair  Francis Cousins (first year F&TPT)

Sec Treasurer Matt Garrett (First Year Tonmeister and Stag tv)

Surrey run courses including a BA or BSc in Film and Video Production and a BA or BMus in Music and Sound Recording. They also run a student television station call StagTV