Meet Head of Creative and Digital Media, Victoria Allen

Victoria brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her job as Head of Creative and Digital Media at the UTC. For the past 11 years, she has worked with the OCR exam board at national level as a Principal Examiner and an author of course work and text books for the Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals series in Digital Media.  Victoria also trains A Level media teachers from around the country. An academic at heart, she has found time to study for a MSc in Multimedia and is now studying for a PhD in History.

Victoria’s interest in digital media goes right back to her teenage years when she was writing and playing music, working with a number of bands.  This led to a degree in Media and PR at Sheffield Hallam University, with work for the BBC as a reviewer.

After graduating, Victoria was initially pursing commercial web design before agreeing to help some students at The Sheffield College to learn video production. She enjoyed it so much she decided to study for a PGCE and, after qualifying, went on to teach at John Leggott Sixth Form College and lead a team at Ilkley Grammar School, before becoming Head of Media and Film at Thomas Rotherham Sixth Form College for five years prior to joining the UTC.

When asked why she wanted to join the UTC, Victoria says, “I thought it was an exciting opportunity to focus on digital media. I liked the fact that students coming to the UTC were choosing to specialise and the fact that we could offer them use of professional standard software and facilities.”

Victoria likes the challenge of helping students to pursue their particular interests: “Although class sizes are smaller at the UTC, we offer more progression options so students can really pursue the subject options that inspire them most. That makes it very intense and challenging to manage but it’s great for the students.”

She continues, “I’m hugely proud of our achievements at the UTC.  Our students have consistently gained the best grades in the country at Post 16 for their Level 3 Digital Media Diploma. That’s extraordinary. Not only that, but our students are getting more unconditional offers from universities than any other provider in South Yorkshire. It’s because they have such great portfolios of work built up from doing real work for real employers.”

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