British Universities Film & Video Council

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Recent additions to the Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,200 websites relating to video, multimedia and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone or visit the Gateway at

Cervantes TV
The television channel of the Instituto Cervantes streams videos on a variety of subjects covering the arts and humanities with the aim of promoting the Spanish language and cultures of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, and includes interviews, documentaries, and bulletins on Hispanic culture, film, music and art, such as this event held in celebration of the ninetieth anniversary of Spanish poet José Hierro.

Digital History
Supported by the University of Houston, this site looks at different eras of American history – from ‘The First Americans’ to ‘The 21st Century’ – via a comprehensive range of topics, resources and reference tools. The website includes the transcripts of important primary sources as well as other documentation, letters and transcriptions of oral accounts and there are extensive notes for teachers. There is advice on using fiction films to teach history, with a useful list of pointers and caveats, and each historical period is accompanied by a series of trailers, such as this group of films from the Colonial Era.

LearnHigher Group-Work Video Resource
Hosted by the LearnHigher website, this video resource is designed to help students and teachers understand and overcome the challenges of group work projects. It takes the form of a dramatised case study – divided into ten episodes – which follows the progress of a group of students who have been randomly selected to work together to develop a presentation. Each episode focuses on a particular challenge, such as planning, allocation of tasks, dealing with conflict within the group, coping with a tutor who has poor communication skills and a final section in which each student summarises their view of the experience, both good and bad. Some of the episodes are accompanied by a follow-up video which analyses what has taken place and suggests alternative scenarios. The videos are presented in a format which offers textual hints and tips designed to facilitate discussion.

Media History Digital Library
Providing ‘online access to the histories of cinema, broadcasting, and recorded sound’ this initiative consists of digitised collections of classic media periodicals that are now in the public domain, including the 1907 to 1919 run of the Moving Picture World, one of the the cinema industry’s earliest trade papers. Other collections include fan magazines, a ‘Hollywood Studio System’ collection spanning the years 1918-1948 which includes the Hollywood Reporter and the Motion Picture Daily, as well as technical journals, yearbooks and a ‘Non Theatrical’ collection which encompasses journals devoted to the use of film in business and education as well as those directed at home movie enthusiasts. All the journals are word searchable and can also be accessed via the Internet Archive. An essential resource for film researchers.

Neuroscience News
Created in 2001, this website focuses on current awareness in neuroscience. It features articles on neuroscience and brain research and is aimed at scientists, students and those in the relevant medical professions. It covers a wide range of subjects including memory research, neurogenetics, neurology research, brain surgery techniques, neurotheology, brain injury research, cognitive sciences, robotics, neuropsychology, nanomedicine and brain cancer research amongst others.

The video page features a variety of interesting material such as the above film showing how proteins renew the brain structure, the process spectacularly illustrated through the use of bioluminescent proteins taken from a jellyfish.

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