University of Salford to headline sponsor NME #LifeHacks

Laura Rutkowski

NME, a Time Inc. UK publication, is collaborating with the University of Salford to expand its #LifeHacks franchise into a year-long campaign.

Sharing advice with young people on how to break into the creative industries, #LifeHacks includes events, a work experience programme and a video series.

Guest speakers from a range of industries, including music, fashion, film and technology, have been invited to share their career and life advice across 10 event dates.

Two flagship events will incorporate talks from high-profile experts, Q&A sessions and workshops with university staff to offer advice and guidance to students about what steps to take after graduation.

Mike Williams, Editor-in-Chief of NME, said: “With so much uncertainty in the world right now, it’s never been more important to support the development of young people. Working with the University of Salford will ensure that NME #LifeHacks is bigger and more effective than ever, meaning that more young people will be inspired to follow their dreams and make the most of the opportunities around them. It’s an exciting and worthwhile project that everyone at NME is very proud of.”

Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to give presentations about their start-up businesses in the Hack-Space, while networking masterclasses will help young people build their connections. A live gig will round off the events.

NME has also launched the Ultimate Work Experience programme, which offers students 20 placements in the magazine industry. To support this, a video series called ‘30 Seconds to Greatness’ will run on NME’s website. Design workshops run by NME’s Creative Director Simon Freeborough will allow aspiring creatives to compete to create promotional material for the campaign.

Hannah Burchell, Associate Director of Marketing at the University of Salford, added: “Helping today's young people to identify and take advantage of opportunities to work directly with business and industry experts is at the heart of our teaching model. We look to equip our students with the skills and confidence to thrive in an ever-changing world and working with NME brings a unique and inspirational approach to preparing young people for life.”

At last year’s event, online entrepreneur Jamal Edwards MBE, who has worked with Jessie J, Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran, was the headline speaker. Tinie Tempah brought the event to a close with an intimate gig.

The campaign was kick-started on 1 September and the first event will take place on 23 November.

The University of Salford has been ranked by The Sunday Times as one of the top 10 universities for graduates to find work after completing their studies.

With almost 20,000 students – many on practical, professionally-linked programmes – the University of Salford educates the highest number of people from low-participation backgrounds in the North West of England.

Photo Credit: Andy Hughes

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