Information for documentary producers

The University supports radio, television and multimedia producers to find and use the latest research, facilities and expertise in their programmes and websites.     

We provide a dedicated service to producers through the University's Ideas Lab, which is funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

If you are a TV, radio or multimedia producer we can -

  • give you ideas for items, programmes and series based on the latest research which is being produced by the University, so putting you ahead of other companies
  • suggest academics as editorial consultants, as expert interviewees or as new presenting talent
  • provide access to cutting edge facilities and equipment which could be used within a programme or developed as a regular format point within a series
  • host you on an ‘inspiration day’ on campus, where you can experience some of our facilities and meet leading academics in the fields in which you’d like to develop programming, to discuss new research and kick off collaborative relationships
  • develop ideas in partnership with you, including doing research, writing proposals, and filming and editing taster tapes for you
  • link you up with partner organisations such as hospitals, museums, charities and funding bodies
  • attend meetings, run brainstorms and take part in pitches, at your offices and with broadcasters
  • provide you with postgraduate interns for a 3 month work placement, free of charge

Contact us to find out more!


Contact us

Lucy Vernall

Project Director

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5494


Sam Walter

Project Officer 

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 7809