The inaugural intake of service leavers and veterans to graduate from the Forces Media Academy have been congratulated by The Duke of York at a graduation ceremony…

The Forces Media Academy offers service veterans the opportunity to study for a Higher National Certificate qualification in Creative Media Production, to gain access to an industry where historically people with a military background have been under-represented.

The Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC) – of which HRH has been Patron since 2003 – established the Academy last year at its headquarters in Buckinghamshire, which was opened by The Duke in October 2017.

SSVC also runs the Forces Network, which consists of a number of TV, radio and digital media and broadcasting services, so all of the students had the opportunity to work in a live media environment during the academic year.

Former Royal Marine bandswoman, Poppy Pawsey, is one of the graduates to complete the 10-month Creative Media Production course. Remarkably, she recently picked up a global radio award in New York for co-producing I Am Unconquered, a documentary about Invictus Games athletes which was broadcast on Forces Radio BFBS.

Poppy said: “I have really enjoyed working on radio and film documentaries – telling a story about something I am passionate about and delivering it with emotion and heart is very important to me. This course has opened my eyes to another world, it has given me the foundation skills in all aspects of media and I am looking forward to exploring them more.”

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