November 2018
Following the completion of his PhD at Leeds Becket University last year, Dr Phil Harding will step down as vice-chair of JAMES and join with current chair, Dennis Weinreich in new roles as JAMES co-chairs.

Phil held the role of chairman for a number of years before Dennis succeeded him in 2015. Now, with Phil back from his Doctorate studies, it was decided that JAMES would benefit from having both Phil and Dennis assume chairmanship to help guide JAMES though the changing educational and industrial landscape that is upon us.

Dennis Weinreich will primarily focus on outreach to industry with Phil Harding handling specific matters within education. Many issues will cross these two portfolios and benefit from having the experience of both to deliver a robust link between industry and accreditation - that being the core of JAMES’ goals.
Each year we invite Course Leaders from JAMES accredited courses to submit one student who they consider merits a small 'pat on the back'! In real terms, an £80 voucher donated to each student by audio & visual specialists, and Friend of JAMES, Richer Sounds.

The worthy recipients for 2018 are -
Leeds Beckett University Josh Whittaker
Abertay University Corry Young
University of Suffolk at
West Suffolk College
Jack Linger
Glasgow Caledonian University Euan McQueen
University of Lincoln Charles Bartlett
University of the West of England Matthew Davies
Anglia Ruskin University Matt Hill
University of South Wales Jordan Day-Williams
University of Central Lancashire Nathan Lee
University of the Highlands and Islands Colin Paterson
University of Huddersfield Felipe Gutiérrez Reyes
Bucks New University Ryan Lodge
University of West Scotland
(New College Lanarkshire)
Iain Sorby
University of Wolverhampton Robert Hassell
JAMES Vice Chair Phil Harding recently attended the Leeds Beckett University Graduation ceremony to present Josh Whittaker with his Richer Sound award. See photo, above right.

Phil commented, "It's always a pleasure for a JAMES representative to attend graduation ceremonies for our JAMES Accredited Courses. The Richer Sound/JAMES award is available for all of our accredited courses to honour their nominated 'Outstanding Graduating Student."
JAMES recently presented a two day Masterclass at UCLAN in Preston which included a panel discussion, listening clinics and practical instruction.

The panellists involved were Producer Cam Blackwood, Mastering Engineer Katie Tavini and Parr Street Studio Manager, Chris Taylor with JAMES Chair Dennis Weinreich moderating the session. The panel invariably covered a broad section of industry topics and sparked much discussion.

Listening Clinics were hosted by Cam Blackwood and Chris Taylor and Cam also handled a session working with a second-year student completing the production of a piece of music using the recently installed Neve Genesys Black console.

UCLAN's Principle Lecturer Paul Greene commented, "It was a great couple of days, the panel discussion was first class, expertly guided by Dennis, and all participants made really good contributions. The studio masterclass with Cam was excellent, he worked so well with the students and our artist. We'll certainly be looking to plan future events along these lines,"
Music students at the University of Lincoln, UK, had the chance to learn from one of the best in the business when they were treated to a masterclass from renowned sound engineer and record producer, Tony Platt.

Throughout his long and successful career, Tony has worked with a range of high-profile artists, from Bob Marley and Paul McCartney to AC/DC and Iron Maiden, and is closely involved with the music industry accreditation body, Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES).

He joined students on the University’s BA (Hons) Music degree to deliver a talk entitled The Art Of Busking (or making it up as you go along), providing advice on producing and emphasising the importance of organisation in creativity. The students were then given the chance to perform, providing the opportunity to gain valuable feedback from the respected producer.

Tony Platt is the latest industry expert to work with Lincoln’s Music students, with musician and audio engineer George Shilling and Belle & Sebastian’s Mick Cooke having delivered guest lectures so far this academic year.

Read the full story here…

The University of Central Lancashire, UCLAN, College of Culture and the Creative Industries, has now become a JAMES Integrated Learning Centre, one of only three currently in England.

The JAMES assessors found that the depth of planning and very forward thinking in student collaboration at UCLAN across disciplines has created a benchmark in courses relevant to our industries.

The courses accredited were: BA (Hons) Music, BA (Hons) Music Production, BA (Hons) TV Production, BSc (Hons) Media Production, BA (Hons) Animation & BA (Hons) Games Design.

These courses along with others in this college at UCLAN represent a very impressive and integrated programme. A JAMES Integrated Learning Centre acknowledges a significant level of collaboration across disciplines at an institution and represents what we at JAMES feel is the best preparation for a career in content creation and creative technology.
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JAMES' Co Chairs Dennis Weinreich left and Phil Harding right.

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JAMES' Phil Harding presents Jack Linger (University of Suffolk) his Richer Sounds award at St Edmundsbury cathedral.

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JAMES' Phil Harding presents Josh Whittaker at Leeds Beckett with his Richer Sounds Outstanding Graduate award.

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Producer Cam Blackwood working in a Masterclass with a UCLAN second year student.

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Tony Platt & Lincoln music Students

LIPA backstage at Sweeney Todd production

Analogue studio in The Media Factory at UCLAN