Employability Day and North London Story Festival – 18 and 19 February 2020

Week 18 (17-21 February 2020) is ‘Experience Week’. While there are no scheduled classes in this week, we are offering additional workshop sessions that are designed to support the content of your modules and enhance your employability.

Attendance is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged. The workshops provide networking opportunities with guest speakers from industry and an opportunity for you to connect with the larger ‘learner community’ of the degree by meeting and working with students in other years.

Note there are two days of fantastic sessions lined up – have a good look at all that is on offer on both days, below:


Tuesday 18th February: Industry Event for students in the Media department

More than 30 industry professionals are coming in to share their experience with you in a series of workshops from script writing, to adverting, to careers in the media. Scroll down for the day’s schedule and how to book

Wednesday 19th February: Main Festival – Theme: Crime.

Prepare your Alibi

For more information and to sign up for event sessions go to:


All events are on campus and are free, but you must book your tickets in advance. Don’t miss out!

Story Festival Day 1: Tuesday 18th February: Employability 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Finding your way into Film and TV and working your way up 
Time and location: 10.00 – 11.30, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 3)

In this panel discussion, Film and TV professionals at varying stages in their careers share insight into how they have got to where they are and the variety of routes in – some of which might be on your radar and some of which you might not have currently thought of!

Our panellists

  • Ciara O’Grady, Post Production Manager, That Lot
  • Jude Winstanley, Freelance TV Line Producer and Founder of Unit List
  • Patricia Chandra (biog to follow)

Our confirmed panellists may be joined by some or all of the following, depending on work commitments

  • Alice Murray, HR Assistant/Contracts Logger, Studio Lambert (TBC)
  • Farrah Jaufuraully, Edit Producer (TBC)
  • Rika Kulsavat, Production Coordinator, Distillery (TBC)

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://finding-way-into-film-and-tv.eventbrite.co.uk.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The craft of visual storytelling
 Time and location: 10.00 – 11.30, Portacabins (PAG03) 

Experts working in film, TV and advertising share their experiences of creating visual structures that capture a story’s theme and invoke both mood and emotion.


  • Gavin Humphries, Producer, Quark Films
  • Jeremy Wooding, Director
  • Tania Hoser, Director of Photography

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://craft-of-visual-storytelling.eventbrite.co.uk.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating a buzz around creative projects – the ins and outs of marketing and PR
 Time and location: 10.00 – 11.30, Grove (G229) 

How do you build awareness around a creative project, be it a book, film or some other creative endeavour? How do you know who to reach out to? What channels should you use?

In this session, seasoned publicists offer advice on everything from developing a communications strategy, to identifying the most appropriate channels to engage with your target audiences and adapting your communication to suit these.

Our expert publicists

  • Ben Cameron, Founder, Cameron Publicity and Marketing
  • Gem Pinkney, Publicity Manager, UKTV

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://ins-and-outs-of-marketing-pr-creative-projects.eventbrite.co.uk.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Standing out from the crowd – the film and TV employer’s view 
 Time and location: 11.45 – 13.15, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 3) 

In this session, Film and TV Talent Managers share ‘the employers’ view, giving you insight into what they look for and how to stand out at interview.


  • Julia Waring, RDF Television
  • Suzy Jaffe, RAW
  • Tom Morgan, ENVY Post Production 

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://standing-out-from-crowd.eventbrite.co.uk. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Pitch Perfect – How do you get an idea commissioned? What makes a script stand out? Find out from the experts! 
 Time and location: 11.45 – 13.15, Grove (G229)

Experienced Producers and Exec Producers explain how to get an idea commissioned and what makes an idea or script stand out.


  • Debbie Mason, CCO and Co-Founder, Heap Mason Media
  • Gavin Humphries, Co-Founder and Producer, Quark Films
  • Vijay Mavjee,CEO & Executive Producer, RedSiesta Films

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://idea-commissioned-script-noticed.eventbrite.co.uk. 

IN CONVERSATION WITH: Award-winning ad agency, Mother London – learn everything you need to know about working in advertising!
 Time and location: 11.45 – 13.15, College Building (C111)

This session will cover everything from interpreting a brief, effective client management, through to how to ensure a healthy client side/creative working relationship in an ad agency.


  • Tom Wong, Head of Fame, Mother London

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://working-in-advertising-and-corporate-filmmaking.eventbrite.co.uk. 

CAMERA DEMOS: Canon camera demos (C500 Mark II and EOS 1DX Mark III) 
 Time and location: 13.15 – 15.15, Grove Atrium 

This is your opportunity to speak to Canon and find out more about their C500mkII and 1DXmkIII cameras. Over the course of the two hour period, they will be running demos, taking questions and also offering you an opportunity to ‘touch and try’ some Canon kit.

  • About the Canon EOS C500 Mark II: A 5.9K Full Frame sensor packed into a newly developed compact and reliable Cinema EOS body, this camera provides new inspiration and great flexibility for all cinematographers.
  • About the Canon EOS 1DX Mark III: When conditions are tough, the light is poor but the pressure’s on, the EOS-1D X Mark III lets you capture winning images before the competition. It’s the ultimate creative toolkit, with superb low-light performance, deep learning AF and 5.5K Raw video.

Book your place and find out more about these Canon cameras: https://canon-demos.eventbrite.co.uk.

PANEL DISCUSSION: From script to screen – creative writing for Film and TV 
 Time and location: 13.45 – 15.15, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 3)

What makes a script engaging and stand out? In this session, experienced writers and a Head of Development at an independent television production company share advice and tips. 


  • Alexandra Arlango, Executive Director of the Brit List and Head of Development at Caryn Mandabach Productions
  • Col Spector, Screenwriter and Director
  • Nick Reed, Writer and Director

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://from-script-to-screen.eventbrite.co.uk. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Setting up your own production company – the low down 
Time and location: 13.45 – 15.15, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 2) 

This ‘warts and all’ session will offer an opportunity to hear from and pose questions to production company founders.

They will share with you the pros and cons of running your own company, ‘lessons learnt’ along the way, and attempt to answer any questions you may have on a broad range of topics – be it company set up, employing staff, pitching for business or marketing your services.


  • Debbie Mason, CCO and Co-Founder, Heap Mason Media
  • Nick Long, Co-Founder, Turtle Canyon Media
  • Nick Parnes, CEO, Kalel Productions 

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://setting-up-your-own-production-co.eventbrite.co.uk. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Festival tips for short filmmakers 
 Time and location: 14.00 – 15.30 (College Building – C219/220) 

In this session, representatives from leading short film festivals and the British Council share tips on the festival submission process. If you have any burning questions about short film festivals or the festival submission process, this session is for you!


  • Dave Taylor-Matthews, Festival Producer, Encounters Film Festival
  • Elliot Grove, Founder, Raindance Film Festival
  • Jo Duncombe, Film Programme Manager, British Council
  • Philip Ilson, Artistic Director and Programmer, London Short Film Festival

 Book your place and find out more about our panellistshttps://festival-tips-short-filmmakers.eventbrite.co.uk. 

MASTERCLASS: Learn lighting tricks from one of London’s familiar and established Food, Liquid and Table top Director/DOPs! 
 Time and location: 14.00-17.00, Grove Building (G107) 

This hands-on masterclass will offer a chance to learn lighting tricks from one of London’s familiar and established Food, Liquid and Table top Director/DOPs. The DOP will light a specific scenario and you will then be invited to put what you have learnt into practice by lighting a similar scenario with subtle differences!

 Our Workshop host – Mark Emberton, Director/DOP (one of London’s familiar and established Food, Liquid and Tabletop Director/DOP’s)
Book your place and find out more about Mark: https://lighting-masterclass-afternoon.eventbrite.co.uk.
Please note, this session may need to be cancelled last minute due to Mark’s work commitments so we recommend you also book a place in other sessions for the time being too. We will then alert you to whether this session will definitely be going ahead so you can cancel your place in any ‘back up’ sessions at that stage.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The art of factual storytelling 
Time and location: 15.30 – 17.00, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 3)

In this session, a former Sunday Times journalist who also happens to be a Sunday Times best-selling author and founder of his own PR company, and three award-winning documentary makers, one of whom runs a documentary consultancy , share insight into the art of factual storytelling across different media. 


  • Col Spector – Screenwriter/Director
  • Nick Read – Producer, Director and Cameraman
  • Ross Bolidai – Director
  • Will Iredale – Sunday Times best-selling author, former Sunday Times journalist and Managing Director of Iredale Communications 

Book your place and find out more about our panellistshttps://art-of-factual-storytelling.eventbrite.co.uk. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Securing funding for films and documentaries 
 Time and location: 15.30 – 17.00, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 2) 

In this session, we ask our panel of Film and TV experts what funding avenues are open to young film and documentary makers.


  • Debbie Mason, CCO and Co-Founder Heap Mason Media
  • Hannah Bush Bailey, Production Manager, BFI Doc Society Fund
  • Jordan McGarry, Head of Talent Development and Production, Film London

Book your place and find out more about our panellistshttps://securing-funding-films-and-docs.eventbrite.co.uk. 

MASTERCLASS: The Ins and Outs of Sound Design 
Time and location: 15.45 – 17.00 (College Building – C219/220)

An experienced and award-winning Sound Editor will offer insight into how to create a compelling sound narrative. Join the session and find out everything you need to know!

Workshop host

  • Ania Pryzgoda, Sound Editor

Book your place and find out more about Ania: https://sound-design.eventbrite.co.uk. 


North London Story Festival – Wednesday 19 February 2020 – Prepare your Alibi

For more information and to sign up for event sessions go to:


What our recent graduates have been doing

We wanted to  the content on the BA English course pages, to include specific case studies of students who went on to find jobs or built careers after graduating. I sent an email round to our amazing recent-ish graduates, and these are some of the really inspiring responses I received. From teaching to financial services and speech therapy – our graduates thrive in the widest range of careers.
Tasnim Ahmed – English Teacher

tasnim Ahmed _ english‘I graduated in 2016 and started training to become a  teacher shortly after that. I am currently completing my NQT year as a Teacher of English at Chiltern Academy in Luton. Chiltern Academy is a brand new secondary school in Luton which opened in September 2018. It has been an incredible experience right from the beginning, especially being part of the journey to making our first year at Chiltern a success. I have recently been promoted to the role of Subject Coordinator and look forward to further facilitating and encouraging the learning of English as well as developing our curriculum to ensure all our pupils achieve the best possible outcome. I strongly feel that my degree has enabled me to secure (what I believe) is the best job in the world! Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you are making an impact and inspiring the next generation.’

Check  Chiltern Academy’s Twitter @ChilternA to have a look at what Tasnim’s pupils have been doing in English this year!


Amanda Emery – Speech and Language Therapist

‘When I graduate from English at Middlesex, I was lucky enough to get a brilliant job as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant for the NHS with children with complex needs and children who are deaf. I worked there for one year to gain experience for my Masters application, as the course is extremely competitive and I was fortunate enough to be accepted onto the last NHS funded programme and to become a qualified Speech and Language Therapist.

During my final year on the BA English course I remember not being sure of what I wanted to do and  a tutor mentioned past students career paths had included working as a Speech and Language Therapist  (Which I am very thankful for- as I had never even heard of the profession previously!)

There is a big drive for more diversity in the profession and also to increase awareness of the role to the general public – I would fully recommend becoming a speech and language therapist.’

Name withheld – Banking 

‘During the final year of my degree, I found myself curious about the world of finance but in particular the world of Banking. However considering I was studying a degree in English, I assumed this would be highly unlikely.

Since graduating I worked at Mizuho Bank as a Credit Risk Analyst, then moving on to work at Credit Suisse as a Trade Support Analyst within the Fixed Income Bonds market.’


Hiba Hussein – English teacher

‘I went on to do a PGCE and I have now almost finished my second year as a teacher at Haverstock School in Camden (where the Milibands once attended). It is an inner London comprehensive school with a very diverse body of students and staff. I am really enjoying teaching and inspiring young people. I am currently gathering the experience and skills to move on to a more pastoral leadership role in the future i.e. head of year.’

Kvetoslava Drabikova – Accountancy 

KvetoslavaFinally, Kvetoslava Drabikova, who is already on our course page, currently works for Omnicom Media Group, which has recently been recognized as one of the top media agencies in the world by WARC. She is applying the strong communication and project management skills she developed at her English degree at Middlesex in her career in accountancy in London.


A good life: citizenship, skills and employability in English studies

‘How can English Studies overcome instrumentalism when it comes to the employability agenda? Is it possible to move beyond having to prove that our degrees are good value because they lead to good careers? Can we work together with students to consider how to live ‘good lives’ through education?’

On the 13th and 14th of April, I attended my first ever University English  Annual General Meeting & Heads of English networking event at the University of Lancaster. The two-day meeting had everything: innovative practices in learning, teaching and assessment of English at University level, discussion of hiring and promotion practices in the sector, surviving your first year as Head of Department, recent A Level reforms, and of course TEF and REF 2021.


I found the panel on Employability really interesting, as it showcased some exciting and innovative ways of connecting students with the wider world.

Dr Fiona Douglas (Leeds) talked about the great (but also tricky to organise) module on Heritage & Dialect that takes students outside the classroom and into local museums and blends teaching, research and public engagement.

Dr Clare Egan (Lancaster) emphasised the importance of treating degrees not as tools to get a job but as central to developing skills for everything we are doing. She showed the importance of problem-solving learning, moving from ‘careers talks’ to ‘career-focused problem solving’, helping students develop critical reflection and self awareness, and discussed modules that fully integrate work in the field: local schools, arts organisations etc.

Yvonne  Battle-Felton, co-founder of  Stories at The Storey (true story open mic night) and North West Lit Salon and Creative Writing PhD spoke about the PhD creative writing student as entrepreneur.  

Middlesex and Haringey Sixth Form College students shortlisting submissions for ‘Haringey Unchained’ magazine

We are already incorporating many of these ideas in the BA English at Middlesex. To name just a few examples:

  • First-year modules, such as Global Englishes, include problem-solving based learning. Students have to work in groups to design and carry out an experiment testing a hypothesis. Through their empirical projects, they develop high level research skills but, perhaps more crucially, really valuable interpersonal, negotiation, leadership and teamworking skills.
  • Our students develop employability skills by mentoring local 6th form college students in producing a literary magazine, Haringey Unchained.
  • Also, from 2018-19 we will extend students’ opportunities to volunteer at local schools, act as ambassadors for English and make a positive impact to their communities through the two third-year modules ‘Work Placement’ and ‘Teaching Englishes’.
  • Students get to work with acclaimed writers and practitioners of a range of genres. These include their own tutors but also guest speakers. For example this year, second year BA English students invited and interviewed Ian McGuire, author of the celebrated novel and soon-to-be BBC series The North Water.
  • From 2018, BA English students will be involved in the organisation of the 2019 North London Story Festival.