Drama and film making are used as powerful tools in affording viewers an insight into how they might potentially move from being passive to active bystanders should they witness/experience such behaviours in real life.
Dame Vera Baird
Police Crime Commissioner
"The University has consistently responded to our briefs by producing fantastic films on difficult issues. The University has not shirked from these issues. What you have done for the Police is transmit messages in a way that we cannot. These films will be used by Northumbria Police to share these messages far and wide"
Sharing the message
We developed the annual award’s ceremony in order to officially promote the films. The films are screened before an audience of invited guests, including delegates from Northumbria Police and its SARC.
University Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell and Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Bacon with cast and crew of Talk to me
There have been speeches from key industry figures including ITV’s News Correspondent Alastair Stewart OBE, Ruth Durham, Director of Policy Performance and Scrutiny at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Police and Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Bacon; who praised the students’ professionalism and creative efforts and promoted the importance of the films.
There is also a competitive element to the ceremony where SARC selects a film that most successfully meets their brief. Although only one group secures this accolade, all films are used for training and education purposes.
We also work to ensure that the event is disseminated by the press on a local and national scale.
SARC work to distribute the films amongst a wide client base in schools, colleges and sixth form, and showcase the work at the UK Association of Forensic Nurses & Paramedics (UKAFN) conference.
Drama and media students' short films celebrate success at an awards event
The films are also shared with SARC Managers across the UK, amongst help centres, police training courses and schools, sixth forms and colleges. They are also distributed to wider agencies and clients (Changing Lives, Sunderland Counsellors, Slater & Gordon, Association of Chief of Police Officers, Healthcare Professionals (e.g. GPs, GUM services, University Wellbeing Departments, Accident & Emergency Departments), and Voluntary Organisations), synergistically providing dynamic, reciprocal drivers of crime planning and education.
Sexual Assault Referral Centre Manager
"We do a lot of proactive engagement with partners and schools to help educate young people, parents, teachers and carers about issues […] The films the students have produced are a great resource to help with this engagement, and will hopefully lead to more people coming forward if they see something that doesn’t seem right"
Positive impact on the employability of graduates
During the production of films, students have raised societal awareness of a diverse array of serious crime, as well as gaining core transferable skills. The impact of this module has led to consequent developments across the faculty, for example, films, performances and opportunities that have been used as educational tools in a range of contexts outside of the university.
Experiential learning in the projects has afforded opportunities for students to experience and develop professional skills for employment. The project also promotes the opportunity for learning in a social context. The project has a demonstrable positive impact on the employability of graduates.
Alastair Stewart praises students’ professionalism and creative efforts at an awards event
Sir David Bell
Vice Chancellor of the University of Sunderland
"For our students, having the opportunity to work on a live client brief with the real potential to impact upon the community is, of course, excellent experience. But more important than that, it achieves what is at our University’s core – a commitment to make a positive impact on society"