Sharon Gardner

Sharon Gardner
Principal

Address UTC@MediaCityUK
100–102 Broadway
Salford
M50 2UW

Website http://utcmediacityuk.org.uk/

Phone 0161 661 3947

Specialism: Creative and digital industries | Entrepreneurship

Location: Salford

Date of opening: September 2015

MediaCityUK is home to five BBC departments, parts of ITV, University of Salford and many creative, digital and new media companies. MediaCityUK UTC, based at Salford Quays, will specialise in providing the technical skills required for the creative and digital industries and help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset. This mix is crucial in a sector where creativity and enterprise work hand in glove.

The focus on entrepreneurship will drive a distinctive ethos, ensuring that creativity, determination, risk taking, team work, problem solving and passion are at the heart of the way young people access opportunities for progression in the industry.

The University believes that the employer led model proposed for a UTC at MediaCityUK will significantly enhance the pool of talent needed to support the rapid growth of this industry throughout the region and beyond.

Professor Martin Hall
Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford

The UTC will provide outstanding opportunities for young people from the Greater Manchester area to become highly successful creative industries entrepreneurs, helping to drive the UK's future economic prosperity.

Sir Rod Aldridge OBE
Chairman, The Aldridge Foundation

The Lowry believes that the MediaCityUK UTC will provide outstanding opportunities for young people to develop skills in the Creative Industries, an area of huge opportunity in our region. It will also allow employers to influence and shape education delivery to ensure that there is a developing talent pool in the region with the skills and aptitudes that the sector needs.

Julia Fawcett OBE
Chief Executive, The Lowry

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