A PANEL of TV experts recently visited local students to pass on their knowledge and advice on the competitive industry.

The visitors spoke to the Creative Industries students at the University of the West of Scotland to share their insights.

The #FutureJobs event was jointly by the Creative Media Academy and the Careers Service at UWS.

Hosted at the uni’s campus in Ayr, it brought together Jo Street, Head of Daytime at Channel Four, Sarah Brown who is creative director at STV and Louise Thornton, commissioning executive for digital, social and youth at BBC Scotland.

Nick Higgins, director of the Creative Media Academy at UWS, said: “The #FutureJobs event gave our Creative Industries students a fantastic opportunity to hear first-hand from some truly inspirational figures from the industry.

“Events like this give our students a better understanding of the world of work to give them a head-start in life after university.”

The panel discussion was followed by a series of subject-specific workshops for students studying broadcast production, TV and radio, filmmaking and screen writing.

Students grabbed the opportunity to hear the invaluable experiences of those working in the creative industries, to expand their own networks and find out more about areas of creative media.

Lucy Lake, HR director at QTV Sports, who helped deliver the workshops, said: “It was a pleasure to come down and be part of such a varied and interesting panel of industry experts.

“We also thoroughly enjoyed meeting the students and saw some genuine potential and enthusiasm.”

Dave Donald, UWS alumni and a freelance edit producer, added: “I think it was a brilliant day. The students I spoke to were a bright lot and a credit to UWS.”