About

The Pipeline training hub delivers industry-led short courses and Masterclasses to meet the demands of the burgeoning TV, Film and content creation markets across the UK. We work with ScreenSkills, the Department for Education (DfE) and international colleagues in the USA, Russia and Oman. Our MediaCity based studios and specialist spaces are equipped with industry standard hardware and software and play a central role in the delivery of our courses in Audio, Vision, Craft and Career Development.

Based alongside the BBC, ITV and over 250 digital and media businesses, our inclusivity and diversity aims are to offer training to as many underrepresented groups as possible within the UK Screen and Creative Technology Industries.

Our specialist team of trainers and academics (University of Salford) place us in the unique position to develop course content that is fit-for-purpose to build skills and expertise to take straight back into the workplace.

Our courses are run throughout the year. We also offer bespoke training to individuals and organisations to specifically suit your needs. Contact The Pipeline team for a chat. Email: hello-pipelinemedia@salford.ac.uk

The Team

Christine Pyke
Creative Director

Christine has been involved in the media industries for over 30 years as a writer, reporter and producer in newspapers, radio and television and continues to develop and deliver training courses to industry professionals. This is combined with 20 years part-time lecturing (PGCE, M.Ed. FHEA) at the University of Salford on under and post-graduate programmes.

Christine is committed to developing training to raise skills across all levels.
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Sam Ingleson
Associate Dean: Engagement, Enterprise & Partnership

Sam Ingleson has worked in the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology since 2000 as a senior lecturer in the visual arts, working in community engagement and industry-based knowledge exchange. In her current role she is responsible for the development of external relationships with Industry and the generation of new commercial income streams into the school.

The Pipeline training hub combines the pedagogical expertise within the school with the latest industry knowledge with the benefit of enabling access to our facilities and student community.
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Beth Hewitt
Creative Director

Beth Hewitt is Creative Director for School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology, and is responsible for leading industry engagement at University of Salford’s MediaCity campus. Beth’s focus is on fostering and enhancing sustainable and meaningful industry partnerships. 

Passionate about supporting and nurturing future talent for the creative and media industries, Beth is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments, enabling emerging talent and industry to collaborate, forming strong networks and valuable employability pipelines.
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Lesley Howarth
Project Administrator 

Lesley started her career within the art and design sector, undertaking a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design followed by an MSc Design Management. Combining working, along with being a part-time practising artist and family life led to Lesley working in a variety of sectors, developing additional skills in administration and customer service. With The Pipeline Lesley has returned to the creative sector where her passion lies, using her acquired skills in a small but highly skilled team providing industry led, specialised courses for the screen industries. 
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Emma Tattum
Marketing Manager 

Emma completed an undergraduate degree in Broadcasting, Journalism and media communications in 2019. In 2020, she also graduated with an MA in PR & Digital Communications at The University of Salford.

For The Pipeline, Emma focuses on the promotion of courses, social media and marketing strategies.

She also works as a PR & Comms Studio Manager at Salford University’s internal media agency, Studio Salford.

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Michael Shaftoe
Strategic Partnership Manager

Michael’s academic background is in Film, Media and Cultural Studies and following his BA, he was a researcher and lecturer in Film, Media and Culture at the University of Sunderland. With almost 10 years experience in partnership management and community engagement, Michael now manages strategic partnerships in the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology at the University of Salford to foster and strengthen industry connections, create opportunities for students and manage collaborative projects with industry partners
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Tom Judge
Business Associate Intern

Tom graduated from the University of Salford in 2021 gaining a degree in TV and Radio. Tom Joined the Pipeline in March 2022 as an intern. For the Pipeline Tom overseas training courses and creates social media posts and promotional videos for our social media sites and website.
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