MediaMagazine Student Conference 2019 – Tuesday 10th December, NFT1, BFI Southbank


Inspiring sessions with cutting-edge media practitioners and thinkers, including:

  • Lenny Henry, actor writer and spokesperson for diversity in the media industry
  • Dr Anamik Saha, lecturer in Race, Media and Social Justice at Goldsmith University and author of the book Race and The Cultural Industries
  • Sadia Habib and Shaf Choudhury, founders of TheRizTest.
  • Plus more to be announced.

Teachers said:

The topics covered have already led to some interesting debates in the classroom - it's always positive to expand students' engagement with the subject beyond the narrow examination criteria.

Adam Robinson, Wilmington Grammar School for Boys

The industry insider tips were useful for a lot of our students who are considering a career in the media.

Adam Bush, Greenford High School

Students said:

Tom Edge’s session was like being in a Media Studies lesson but with a successful writer instead of our usual teacher. 

Preslava Lyubenova, Highgate Wood School

I found it educating and it gave me a better understanding about the media.

Hussein, Greenford High School

Booking enquiries

General booking enquiries:

Email Maria

Programme enquiries:

Email Claire


MediaMagazine Student Conference 2019 – Tuesday 10th December


Tuesday 10th December 2019


NFT1, BFI Southbank
Belvedere Rd

Programme & Speakers

Programme & Speakers

Inspiring sessions with cutting-edge media practitioners and thinkers


Arrival and registration

10.20am Claire Pollard


Claire Pollard, editor of MediaMagazine, welcomes you to the Conference.

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Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry in conversation with Anamik Saha

Photo credit: Jack Newton

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Anamik Saha




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Sadia Habib and Shaf Choudhury from

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Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone DPhil (Oxon), FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, OBE is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published 20 books including The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age. She directs the projects 'Children’s Data and Privacy Online', 'Global Kids Online' (with UNICEF) and 'Parenting for a Digital Future', and she is Deputy Director of the UKRI-funded 'Nurture Network'. Since founding the 33 country EU Kids Online network, Sonia has advised the UK government, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe, OECD and UNICEF. See









Where is the Conference Held?

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XT


BFI Southbank has wheelchair access and fixed induction loops in all auditoria.

Getting to the Conference


The BFI Southbank is a short walk from Charing Cross, Embankment, Waterloo and Southwark.


Routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 211, 243, 341, 381, 507, 521, RV1

Travelling by Minibus or Car?

Car park sites available under the National Theatre (off Upper Ground), under the Hayward Gallery and in front of the Shell Centre.

BFI Southbank is within the congestion charge zone.


Coach bays for free drop off and collection only are available by the London Eye (pre-booked spaces only), on the Upper Ground Slip Road off Waterloo Road behind the National Theatre and on the slip road opposite the National Theatre leading up to Waterloo Bridge.

For more long stay or drop off/pick up bays along London’s Southbank check the TfL website.

Important Info

Important Info

Prices, Booking and Cancellation Policy


The fee is £20 per student, with one free teacher place per 10 students. (For small groups of up to nine students, a single free teacher place will be available.)
For additional teachers, or teachers attending without students, for their own interest or CPD, the charge is £50 each.


  • When bookings open on 2nd September, book online and choose to pay by invoice.
  • Conference places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 
  • Please note: we are unable to take provisional bookings.
  • Please do not make final travel arrangements until your final booking has been confirmed and we have contacted you to let you know that you have definitely been allocated places.


Cancellations or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Tuesday 12th November 2019.

All subsequent cancellations will be dealt with in the following way:

  • Cancellations after 5pm on Tuesday 12th November 2019 and up to 5pm on Tuesday 26th November 2019 50% charge
  • Cancellations after 5pm on Tuesday 26th November 2019: 100% charge

Please note: We will be unable to make refunds in the case of weather, transport difficulties or other circumstances beyond our control.

Arrangements on the Day

Teachers Accompanying Students

We expect all students to be accompanied by a teacher. There should be a minimum of 1 teacher per 20 students.

We request that teachers meet their students in advance, register as a group and sit with their groups of students. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that their own students maintain acceptable standards of behaviour in the auditorium and in the BFI Southbank building.

Lunch and Refreshments

There is a Benugo café in the BFI bar area open from 10am.

You and your students will be responsible for providing your own lunches. There are sandwich shops and food outlets on the riverfront at the Southbank or supermarkets towards Waterloo station.

There are spaces outside for students to eat their packed lunch but no indoor spaces.

Bookings open 2nd September


Bookings for the December Media Conference open on Monday 2nd September