Northumbria University and BFI launch bold cultural partnership

Northumbria University has joined forces with the UK’s largest screen body, the BFI (British Film Institute) in an ambitious partnership that will provide world-class networks, knowledge and experience with moving image culture and screen industries for University staff and students.

The UK’s leading organization for film and the moving image, the IBF will work with Northumbria on projects including live briefings, masterclasses and curriculum development for undergraduate and postgraduate students art and social science students. More details on this will be announced in the coming months.

Under the new agreement, all Northumbria students and staff will be able to stream critically acclaimed classic, cult and archival films, including specialist collections curated by the BFI, such as Black Stories, LGBTQIA+ and visionary directors on the award-winning BFI player. .

On a broader level, Northumbria will work with the BFI to support the expansion of the screen industry in the North East. Film industry personalities and BFI officials will travel to Northumbria to meet students, local talent and industry organisations, and specialist employability events will be held to connect Northumbria students to staff from BFI and industry networking opportunities.

Simone Pyne, Senior Business Development Manager at BFI, said: “We are delighted to partner with Northumbria to enrich learning and embed the culture of the moving image across the university with BFI Player and our upcoming projects. .

“A strong and meaningful relationship between higher education and industry is essential for the future success of high-end film and television, and together we will develop transferable and industry-specific skills, helping to meet the shortage of screen skills in the UK.”

Professor Katy Shaw, Director of Cultural Partnerships at Northumbria University, said: “Northumbria is delighted to launch this national partnership with the BFI. The preservation, production and promotion of film and television are today at the heart of our teaching and research activities within the creative industries of the North East.

“Through this partnership, we will provide students with live learning opportunities alongside industry experts, workshops and masterclasses. This new national partnership will create a much-needed talent pool to address a skills shortage in the creative industries, training the best new screen talent in the North for the global screen industry.

“All students and staff will also have access to on-demand streaming of thousands of films through the BFI player.

“At a national level, the partnership speaks directly to a wider explosion of interest and investment in the screen industries in our region with the launch of North East Screen, new decentralization arrangements from the BBC and global production companies joining us in the city to work with our students and recent graduates to make the most of new British television and film.

Professor Solomon Lennoxhead of the Arts Department at Northumbria University added: “The official partnership with the BFI enables Northumbria students to work alongside industry leaders on life briefings and provides our students with meaningful industry networks, work experience and masterclass sessions.

“Our approach to partnerships is to facilitate research-enriched learning opportunities, where our students work with cultural partners to address big questions and global challenges. We are extremely proud of the partnership with the BFI and the opportunity it provides for students to work to address social justice issues within the film industry.

Northumbria Cultural Partnerships

Northumbria University is committed to partnering with leading arts and cultural organizations to bring benefits to teaching, research and the wider region, including the BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art and New Northern Writing.

Professor Shaw is currently leading a £1.5million project with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and UKRI to explore how culture can tackle regional inequalities and help improve the UK.

The BFI (British Film Institute) and BFI Player

The BFI is the UK’s leading organization for film and the moving image. As part of the collaboration, students and staff gained access to BFI Player*, a streaming service featuring critically acclaimed classic, cult and archival films available to research and enjoy. leisurely. Students and staff can search for collections including LGBTQIA+, visionary directors, and black stories.

Staff and students can sign up for BFI Player by visiting

More information can be found on the AZ List of Library Databases.

*Accessible from the UK