British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Award Categories

Entries are now open for the Learning on Screen Awards 2017Nominations will be announced February 2017.

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Why enter?

  • Showcase your work
  • Gain recognition for your productions
  • Raise your profile
  • Network with industry and education professionals

The award categories have been revised and updated to reflect the growing innovations in delivery methods and production.

Broadcast Production

Productions transmitted via any broadcast channel, anywhere in the world. Includes all medium to large-scale productions, broadcast to any audience size. Broadcast entries may come under one of two categories:

1. General Education – General factual and documentary productions that are valuable for use in learning. Content may be broad and intended to enrich general learner understanding or for use by those with a specialist interest.

2. Courseware and Curriculum  – Productions created for use among specific target groups of students who need to obtain particular knowledge and skills or who are at a specific stage in a course of learning. Productions may be aimed at target audiences ranging from adult students in university settings to school pupils and trainees in any field.

Non-Broadcast Delivery

Open to content that has not been broadcast, but has been distributed to viewers or users via any other delivery platform both online and offline. This should include content produced by museums, libraries, publishers, galleries, charities, education institutions, broadcasters or any other organisation or individual creating educational productions or multimedia resources.

Entrants can enter productions, delivered either offline in physical format (e.g. DVD) or online format (YouTube, Vimeo, own website etc.) in one of two categories and educational multimedia productions (e.g. websites, vodcasts and Apps) in a dedicated category:

1. General Education – General factual and documentary productions that are valuable for use in learning. Content may be broad and intended to enrich general learner understanding or for use by those with a specialist interest.

2. Courseware and Curriculum – Productions created for use among specific target groups of students who need to obtain particular knowledge and skills or who are at a specific stage in a course of learning. Productions may be aimed at target audiences ranging from adult students in university settings to school pupils and trainees in any field.

3. Educational Multimedia – This category is intended for any multimedia content that has been created to educate a general or specific target audience. Multimedia content must include a moving image element. Types of delivery platform may include, but are not limited to:

  • Full interactive websites or internet resources (where text and other elements support the moving image elements)
  • Intranet or closed online websites (e.g. resources delivered by VLEs where text and other elements support moving image)
  • Vodcasts
  • Games, apps or other handheld device resources that incorporate moving image

Please note: linear productions which are merely hosted online should not be entered into this category but instead entered into either General Education or Courseware and Curriculum.

In-House Production

Non-broadcast productions produced by an individual, team or unit that is permanently employed at a university, college or school. Must be produced by staff from the institution. Some technical contributions, such as camerawork or editing, can be outsourced but an in-house team must have led the work. Entries can be made in two categories:

1. Courseware and Curriculum – Productions created for use among specific target groups of students who need to obtain particular knowledge and skills or who are at a specific stage in a course of learning. Productions may be aimed at target audiences ranging from adult students in university settings to school pupils and trainees in any field. Entries to this category will be judged primarily on the educational merits of the production.

2. General (non-educational) – General film productions produced by a university, college or school but where the content is not subject-related, e.g. information sharing, ‘How to…’ guides, induction and recruitment videos. Productions must have been produced by an in-house department (e.g. Student Services, Marketing), team or individual. Entries will be judged primarily on creativity and the effective outcomes against stated objectives.

Student Production Awards

Outstanding productions on any theme, made by students as part of a course or training activity. The productions offered may be linear drama, factual, advertising or animation films – or they may be non-linear interactive works of any sort.

Entries should be delivered in video format either online (YouTube, Vimeo, website, etc) or with a physical DVD copy. Student entries are not judged on educational merit, although where there are specific educational objectives in the content, such entries will also qualify to be considered in other award categories.

These categories have been revised and expanded this year to reflect the outstanding talent at all levels of student production. Entries to the Student Production Awards may come under one of five categories:

1. Further Education (including sixth form) e.g. A Level, GNVQs. Any type of production can be entered into this category, except documentary films.

2. College HE, e.g. Higher National Diplomas, Higher National Certificate/Diploma, or foundation degree.  Any type of production can be entered into this category, except documentary films.

3. Undergraduate, e.g. first degrees. Any type of production can be entered into this category, except documentary films.

4. Postgraduate e.g. MA, MSc, MRes, PhD. Any type of production can be entered into this category, except documentary films.

5.  Documentary – a factual documentary production produced by a student studying towards any post-compulsory education qualification (e.g. FE, HE, UG or PG). Entries can follow a traditional documentary format or personal journey through the course of study (e.g. a film produced as part of a PhD thesis).

Special Jury Award

The judges may make a special award to an organisation, programme or interactive production deserving of special recognition and not necessarily cited under another category.

Premier Award

All nominated entries are automatically eligible for consideration. The Premier Award is presented to an outstanding production that most effectively meets its objectives.

Qualifying period and closing date

Productions or resources entered must have been completed and/or broadcast during the period between 1 October 2015 and 1 December 2016.

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