We’re fortunate at Derby to have many friends in the industry who regularly give their time to come in and give guest lectures/demos to our students.

Early-2019 isn’t looking too bad, with guests including:

Jon Burton
FOH engineer for The Prodigy

Jon will be stopping over to talk to our undergraduate and masters students about his life as a touring engineer and his tips and tricks for designing large-scale sound systems to deliver consistently good listening experiences to every seat in the house. He will also discuss how to build relationships with the bands you’re working with to get the best possible results. Certainly a talk not to be missed!

Peter Mapp
Acoustic consultant

Peter regularly contributes to supervision of our student research projects, especially in the areas of electroacoustics and speech intelligibility, and often delivers guest lectures. Peter will be coming to the university to talk to the students about his vast experience with sound system design and optimization of speech intelligibility in large venues. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students are working on projects in these areas at the moment, so the timing of the talk is perfect!

Steve Jones
d&b audiotechnick

Steve Jones, one of our first graduates from the BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology program, has provided the university with a strong and enduring link to d&b, one of the industry leaders in sound reinforcement technology. Steve will be on hand to talk to the students about system design using d&b’s last software and hardware (hopefully including some live demos!).

Anna Valley Displays

Another set of regular visitors are the good people at Anna Valley Displays, who have employed a number of our graduates over the years. Anna Valley come up for a visit at least once a year to talk to our students about careers at their company and to give demos of some of their latest equipment. Always a great hands-on session, usually run by some of our graduates!

Andy Nairn
Head of Production and Premises, Derby Theatre

Yet another Derby grad, Andy Nairn, will be coming in to give his annual talk to our year 3 undergraduate students about careers in theatre. The university owns Derby Theatre, which provides an excellent resource allowing our students to get involved as casual technicians to see if theatre is something they’d be interested in pursuing. We’ve had a number of graduates go on to work for Derby Theatre in audio, lighting and other technical roles.

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