SED Opportunity Digest – 4 January 2023

Welcome to our latest round up of events, opportunities and schemes that may help you meet collaborators, improve your career prospects or simply broaden your horizons.

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Don’t forget your careers service is open all semester and can help with finding jobs, applications and interviews. Book an appointment or email your careers consultant Fliss Bush.

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Love Queen Mary? Record a Reel for us to help spread the word…

Tag us @qmulsed or email us a vertical story style video file to

Free OCN course available for students – Peer Mentoring and Facilitation

The three day course – running 30th, 31st January and 1st February 10am-5pm – will be facilitated  by ‘Tender’ – it offers a unique training programme for young people who wish to learn about domestic abuse and sexual violence and develop the skills to support other young people.

There’s an application process which closes on 11th Jan 2023 – hence needing to advertise now – completed applications should be emailed to:

Freelance Sound Artist, QMUL & LBTH Local History Library & Archives

Nadia Valman’s AHRC project is seeking a sound artist to work with oral history material the project has collected. Information is here. The deadline for applications is 9 January 2023.

£3 Thursdays at Genesis Cinema our local incredible indie movie theater

Book a Thursday £3 movie night

Outside QMUL

Cheap Training in Crucial Career Skills at Roundhouse

Deadline 5 January: Introductory Writers’ Group – ‘Ignites your journey to become a writer.’

Talawa returns with the local Introductory Writers’ Group for Black writers who are predominantly from Croydon, or who live, work or study there now. Best of all – it’s free to take part.

If you like to write and want to learn how to develop your ideas we want to meet you!

10 fortnightly sessions starting February 2023 led by Michelle Matherson.

Find out more and apply

Apply by 5th January.



Application deadline Tuesday 17 January 2023 at 10.00.

Our Creative Industry Placements offer five, one-year placements (six months at two organisations) that give you the opportunity to really get inside how a creative business is run, from operations through to programming. All participants are paid the London Living Wage, with on the job learning that nurtures, mentors and develops participants, whilst being supported through in depth wrap around training and development. All placements work across Somerset House and are hosted by on-site organisations within our resident creative community.

Roles include:

  • Artillite – Sales Assistant
  • Bread & Butter – Junior Press Assistant  
  • Hofesh Shechter – Project Administrator 
  • ONTHEBEAT – Studio Talent Assistant 
  • Royal Society of Literature – Marketing & Administration Assistant 


Writenow Programme for new writers, Penguin Random House

Aspiring writer? Need a little guidance? Join this award-winning programme with Penguin Random House! You’ll get the tools, information, and access needed to navigate the publishing industry and launch your career as a successful author. You will be supported on your path, and get insights into the TV Industry too!

Here’s what you’ll get…

  • An invite to a free workshop in early 2023 on demystifying the publishing and TV industries.
  • Shortlisted writers will receive one-to-one feedback on their writing from a Penguin editor, and the chance to get their work in front of BBC Studios.
  • Successful applicants will join a year-long editorial programme, where you’ll partner with a Penguin editor to work on your manuscript and build your understanding of the publishing industry.

Deadline: 8th January

Apply now

The Orwell Society/NUJ Young Journalist’s Award 2023 open for entries

Are you a young journalist, full-time resident in the UK, studying for a journalism qualification or starting out on your journalism career and who would like to win a valuable and prestigious award?

If so, enter The Orwell Society/NUJ Young Journalist’s Award 2023, which offers a prize of £1,500 each for each winner of the two categories stipulated below. In addition, the student winners will each receive an NUJ membership. The runners-up in each category will receive a prize of £500 and winners and runners-up will also receive a three-year free membership of The Orwell Society.

More info and apply now

The Vogue Business 2022 Talent Competition 

Vogue Business launches the third edition of its annual talent competition, this time looking for writing talent across the UK.

Find out how to apply

3-day workshop followed by industry-led mentoring for  anyone wanting to work in TV and production

Apply now – Deadline 15 Jan

Out-Spoken Press Emerging Poets Development Scheme – Deadline 22 February

Out-Spoken Press, together with our partners Spread the Word and New Writing North, are delighted to introduce the second year of our Emerging Poets Development Scheme, offering targeted, integrated support and resources to four emerging poets over the course of a year — including regular one-to-one feedback, together with craft and practical resources — aiming to ready you for publication.

Find out more and apply

Free theatre tickets if you write for Headout

 Content Marketing team at Headout. We are looking to onboard talented writers and West End Theatre enthusiasts for our West End Reviews & News team. Your institution is reputed for imparting world-class education to its students and preparing them for the demands of professional work in the theatre industry. We would love to have your students work with us on our London Theatre Reviews team as writing interns. 

How will this work?

  1. We will pass on a short assignment to you for the students based upon which we will select a few students to intern with us. 
  2. We will sponsor tickets for the selected students to watch West End shows (access to opening nights for some shows as well!) and in return, they would be required to pen reviews for Headout’s London Theatre property – London Theatre Tickets.

If you love theatre, we have the perfect opportunity for you! Complete a short assignment for us and if you get selected, you get to watch some of the best West End theatre shows for free! All you have to do is pen a review of the show for us in return. 

Send an e-mail to for more information.

About Headout
Headout is home to the world’s best real-life experiences – from expert-led tours to incredible landmarks, activities, events, and everything in between. Its mission is to inspire people to get close to the world we live in by building the most seamless and affordable booking platform. So far, Headout has served more than 12 million guests from 195 countries across 81 destinations and is available in 6 languages. It has raised $60M+ from top-tier investors and is headquartered in New York with 9 global offices.

Open Call! Bush Theatre Script Submissions

Have a story to tell? Bush Theatre are looking for scripts! If you are a writer currently unrepresented by an agent, this could be your opportunity to have your voice heard.

  • Experience: No Experience Required. You should be unrepresented by an agent and your work should be unproduced.
  • What You Could Get: A meeting with Bush Theatre to discuss your work. Written feedback. Become a new member of the Emerging Writer’s Group.

Deadline: 9 January

Apply now

Update from BAFTA


  Following its launch at Guru Live, BAFTA have joined forces with the BFI and British Council to produce a Short Film Toolkit for aspiring filmmakers. Whether you’re just starting out or already making waves in the industry, the Short Film Toolkit is there to demystify the extensive world of shorts and provide a comprehensive digital guide to the short filmmaking process. The first of its kind, the Short Film Toolkit includes insights from over 40 filmmakers, distributors, funders and festival programmers with advice ranging from film festival strategies to funding and marketing recommendations, as well as feature case studies in documentary, animation, fiction, experimental & artist moving image, XR and immersive.   VIEW TOOLKIT


Since 2015, BFI Flare X BAFTA have partnered with BFI Network to produce a professional development programme, which showcases and supports six LGBTQIA+ filmmakers each year working in film and television. Offering a variety of mentoring, wellbeing and career coaching, festival access and membership to BAFTA’s year-round programme of events, this is a unique and phenomenal opportunity for LGBTQIA+ filmmakers to build on their work and elevate their career. Applications are now open for BFI Flare x BAFTA and you can find more information below.   APPLY FOR FLARE



Inclusive Spaces:

LGBTQIA+ Places and Stories

In this event, the editors of ‘Queer Spaces’ will explore the past and present life of LGBTQIA+ spaces from around the word – and their worthy place in history.

DATE Wednesday 22 February 2023 / TIME 1:00-2:00pm GMT / LOCATION Zoom

Book now

Inclusive Spaces: Trans Visibility and the City

This event will explore trans people’s experiences of in/visibility in urban spaces and city life, and the contradictions that can make them simultaneously hyper-visible and hyper-vulnerable. DATE Wednesday 15 March 2023 / TIME 1:00-2:00pm GTM / LOCATION Zoom

Book now

Creative Connect  Advice Sessions

Book a session today, in-person or online, to speak to a member of the team and get some valuable information, advice and guidance to support you in building a career in the creative, cultural and digital technology industries. Including CV, application or interview prep! To use Creative Connect you need to be aged 18 to 24 and living in London.

Callout: Critics on Criticism – Decentering criticism

Critics on Criticism is a section of the Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques Journal that explores the intersections between cultures of critique and those of performance. The Critics on Criticism section of Critical Stages/Scènes critiques is peer-reviewed and published online. We welcome engagements with the digital format and invite contributors to think about access in their submissions, in light of the varied, international readership of the journal. We also welcome formal engagements with the digital platform.

For June 2023 issue ideas, inquiries, abstracts and submissions are to be sent to Diana Damian Martin on

Closing soon

Production Fast Track Apprenticeship at BBC – September Start – Deadline 12 Feb

Production Management Fast Track Apprenticeship at BBC – September Start – Deadline 12 Feb

UPDATED: Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | BBC Academy | Creative Access (Jobs) | Creative Lives in Progress | ERIC – Career + Opportunities App | Film London | IlikeNetworking | JournoResources | Lectures.London | MediaBeans (media jobs) | QMUL Careers | Presspad | Run the Check | ScreenSkills | Startup Jobs | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

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